Flying can be difficult on your ears. Problems that arise during or after flying are helped by understanding them. Your middle ear is an air containing cavity behind your eardrum that requires the pressure to be continually equalized so that the ear drum doesn’t bulge out or retract in (and cause severe pain). Most problems
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Roughly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus (TINN-a-tus; or ti-NIGHT-us). Of that 50 million, 20 million report their tinnitus is bothersome while 2 million describe their tinnitus as disabling or nearly disabling. Tinnitus is an invisible source of anguish that is very real and can be life-altering. So, why are some people bothered
Many people find yoga classes relaxing. They may provide improved flexibility and fitness, better circulation, improved immune systems, and stress relief just to name a few benefits. But have you ever found yourself dizzy during yoga? Maybe you had to avoid a certain position or couldn’t finish the class. If so, you are not alone.
What Is a Cholesteatoma? A cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that occurs in the middle ear. When certain risk factors are present, the ear drum becomes floppy and retracted. This creates a pocket in the middle ear that collects skin cells and skin debris. What Causes a Cholesteatoma? Certain risk factors create a favorable situation
Flying can be difficult for your ears. Problems that arise during or after flying are helped by understanding them. There are some easy tips that can prevent them all together. Most problems are related to the Eustachian tube. It is a paired structure (one for each ear) that connects the middle ear (behind the eardrum) to
Before wearing new hearing devices, many patients cautiously ask if wearing hearing aids will make them dependent on the devices or damage their hearing. Often patients will return after wearing their new hearing aids for a few weeks and say “Help! My hearing has worsened! I cannot hear without my hearing aids!” While it seems
Anyone who has experienced drainage from their ear can tell you what an unpleasant experience it is. It can cause stains on your pillow or the collar of your shirt. It can be associated with hearing loss. It may even come with ear pain. It often leaves the sufferer wondering: what is leaking from my
Have you ever heard a sound that no one else hears? You are not alone. There are many sounds that can be heard in the ears or head. Some are benign. Others may be need to be evaluated. All can be concerning if you have never experienced a sound no one else hears. One category
Thinking about ordering a hearing aid or sound amplifier from a magazine or late-night TV advertiser? Doing so could delay the diagnosis of a treatable or serious ear condition and lead to further hearing loss or other complications. “The problem might be as simple as a wax impaction blocking the ear canal, which is easily
The world of hearing aids can be confusing and overwhelming. You may be one of the many people reaching up from under a mountain of hearing aid advertisements and crying “Help! Where do I start!?”. That question and others may be answered with an assessment of your hearing and a consultation with a licensed audiologist.