• When Your Child Has Tinnitus

    Tinnitus is a condition where the patient hears a ringing or other noise that is not produced by an external source. This disorder can occur in one or both ears, range in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and may be continuous or sporadic. This often debilitating condition has been linked to ear

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  • Why Do Children Have Earaches?

    To understand earaches you must first know about the Eustachian tube, a narrow channel connecting the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. The tube allows drainage -- preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. In a healthy ear,

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  • What You Should Know About Otosclerosis

    What Is Otosclerosis? The term otosclerosis is derived from the Greek words for "hard" (scler-o) and "ear" (oto). It describes a condition of abnormal bone growth around the stapes bone, one of  the tiny bones of the middle ear.  This leads to a fixation of the stapes bone. The stapes bone must move

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  • Swimmer's Ear

    Insight into acute otitis externa What causes swimmer’s ear? What are the signs and symptoms? How is swimmer’s ear treated? and more... Affecting the outer ear, swimmer’s ear is a painful condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms often occur

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  • Travel Tips for the Hearing Impaired

    Insight for hearing-impaired travelers What are common problems? What arrangements can be made? How should hearing aids be handled when traveling? and more... Travel is an important aspect of our lives. Whether for business or vacation, traveling can be as stressful as it is enjoyable.

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  • Your Genes and Hearing Loss

    One of the most common birth defects is hearing loss or deafness (congenital), which can affect as many as three of every 1,000 babies born. Inherited genetic defects play an important role in congenital hearing loss, contributing to about 60 percent of deafness occurring in infants. Although exact data

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  • Tinnitus

    Insight into causes and treatments for tinnitus What causes tinnitus? How is tinnitus treated? What can help me cope? And more… Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus or head noises. It may be an intermittent sound or an annoying continuous sound in one or both ears. Its

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  • Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

    Today in the United States, studies estimate that 34 percent of U.S. adults are overweight and an additional 31 percent (approximately 60 million) are obese. Combined, approximately 127 million Americans are overweight or obese. Some 42 years ago, 13 percent of Americans were obese, and in 1980 15 percent

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  • Quick Glossary for Good Ear Health

    Your child has an earache. After your first visit to a physician you may hear some of the following terms related to the diagnosis and treatment of this common childhood disorder. Acute otitis media - the medical term for the common ear infection. Otitis refers to an ear inflammation, and media means

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  • Perforated Eardrum

    Insight into ear injuries What is a perforated eardrum? What causes eardrum perforation? How is hearing affected by a perforated eardrum? and more... A hole or rupture in the eardrum, a thin membrane that separates the ear canal and the middle ear, is called a perforated eardrum.

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  • Infant Hearing Loss

    If your newborn child does not startle, move, cry or react in any way to unexpected loud noises, does not awaken to loud noises, does not turn his/her head in the direction of your voice, does not freely imitate sound, or has failed a newborn hearing screening test, then he or

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  • Hyperacusis - An increased sensitivity to everyday sounds

    What Is Hyperacusis? Hyperacusis is a condition that arises from a problem in the way the brain’s central auditory processing center perceives noise. It can often lead to pain and discomfort. Individuals with hyperacusis have difficulty tolerating sounds which do not seem loud to others, such as

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  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss In Children

    The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports approximately 28 million Americans have lost some or all of their hearing, including 17 in 1,000 children under age 18. Noise exposure is increasingly common in the age of iPods and other personal music players. Overexposure

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  • Earwax

    Insight into the proper care of the ears Why does the body produce earwax? What is the recommended method of ear cleaning? When should a doctor be consulted? and more... Good intentions to keep ears clean may be risking the ability to hear. The ear is a delicate and intricate area,

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  • Noise and Hearing Protection

    Insight into maintaining auditory health Can noise hurt my ears? How does the ear work? How can I protect myself against noise? and more... One in 10 Americans has a hearing loss that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Age-related hearing loss is the most common

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  • Chronic Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) and Hearing Loss

    What is otitis media? Otitis media refers to inflammation of the middle ear. When infection occurs, the condition is called "acute otitis media." Acute otitis media occurs when a cold, allergy, or upper respiratory infection, and the presence of bacteria or viruses lead to the accumulation of pus and

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  • How the Ear Works

    The ear has three main parts: the outer ear (including the external auditory canal), middle ear, and inner ear. The outer ear (the part you can see) opens into the ear canal. The eardrum (tympanic membrane) separates the ear canal from the middle ear. The middle ear contains three small bones which help

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  • Child Screening

    Why Is Early Childhood Hearing Screening Important for Your Child? Approximately two to four of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, making hearing loss the most common birth disorder. Many studies have shown that early diagnosis of hearing loss is crucial to

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  • Ears and Altitude

    Insight into making air travel more comfortable Why do ears pop? How can air travel cause hearing problems? How to help babies unblock their ears? and more... Ear problems are the most common medical complaint of airplane travelers, and while they are usually simple, minor annoyances, they may result

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  • Cholesteatoma

    Insight into ear growths What causes a cholesteatoma? How is cholesteatoma treated? Symptoms and dangers and more... An abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum is called cholesteatoma. Repeated infections and/or and a tear or retraction of the eardrum can cause the skin to toughen

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  • Know the Power of Sound

    Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Each decibel is one tenth of a bel, which is a unit that measures the intensity of sound. For every six decibels, the intensity of the sound doubles. At 90 dB of uninterrupted sound, the limit of safe noise exposure is eight hours. For each six dB increase of uninterrupted

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  • Buying a Hearing Aid: Answers to common questions

    I don't hear well. What should I do? What should I expect? First, visit a physician who can refer you to an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist), because many hearing problems can be corrected medically. If you have ear pain, drainage, excess earwax, hearing loss in only one ear,

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  • Ear Tubes

    Insight into causes and treatment options Who needs ear tubes and why? What to expect after surgery and more... Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children-by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode. Most ear infections either resolve on their own (viral)

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  • Earaches

    Insight into otitis media and treatments What is otitis media? How does the ear work? What are the symptoms? Otitis media means “inflammation of the middle ear,” as a result of a middle ear infection. It can occur in one or both ears. Otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis for

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  • Ear Plastic Surgery

    Protruding and drooping ears or torn earlobes can be surgically corrected. Exceptionally large ears or those that stick out make children vulnerable to teasing. These procedures do not alter the patient's hearing, but they may improve appearance and self-confidence. What Is Involved in "Pinning Back"

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  • Better Ear Health

    Many medical conditions, such as those listed below, can affect your hearing health. Treatment of these and other hearing losses can often lead to improved or restored hearing. If left undiagnosed and untreated, some conditions can lead to irreversible hearing impairment or deafness. If you suspect that

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  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

    What is AIED? Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an inflammatory condition of the inner ear. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks cells in the inner ear that are mistaken for a virus or bacteria. AIED is a rare disease occurring in less than one percent of the 28 million Americans with

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  • Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems

    Who is in day care? The 2000 census reported that of among the nation's 19.6 million preschoolers, grandparents took care of 21 percent, 17 percent were cared for by their father (while their mother was employed or in school); 12 percent were in day care centers; nine percent were cared for by other

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  • Ear Infection and Vaccines

    Researchers continue to look for help for children and parents of children who suffer from the most common type of ear infection, called middle ear infection or otitis media (OM). About 62 percent of children in developed countries will have their first episode of OM by the age of one, more than 80 percent

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  • Child's Hearing Loss

    As the parent of a child with newly diagnosed hearing loss, you will have many questions and concerns regarding the nature of this problem, its effects on your child’s future, treatment options, and resources. This brief guide will give you necessary initial information, and provide guidance about

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  • Cochlear Implants

    A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from a conventional hearing aid. It is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not

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  • Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination

    What you should know Children with cochlear implants are more likely to get bacterial meningitis than children without them. In addition, some children who are candidates for cochlear implants have inner ear abnormalities that may increase their risk for meningitis. Because children with cochlear

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