Wet Behind the Ears Is Not a Problem — But Wet In the Ears Can Be

Wet Behind the Ears Is Not a Problem — But Wet In the Ears Can Be

Since the medical name for swimmer’s ear is otitis externa, you don’t have to be a swimmer to get it — it’s just easier to call it swimmer’s ear no matter how you got it. Any activity that results in water getting into, and more importantly staying in, your ear canal...
For Many People, It’s a Fact of Life

For Many People, It’s a Fact of Life

It may be gradual and easy to miss for awhile, but it has a name. Presbycusis is a type of hearing loss that is a natural part of aging and is usually caused by, for lack of a better analogy, parts of your ear wearing out. Presbycusis a type of sensorineural hearing...
It’s Loud Out There and It’s Showing

It’s Loud Out There and It’s Showing

The reality of modern life may not be so good for our ears. There are increasing signs that hearing loss is something that is becoming more common in younger adults. In fact, one study by the Better Hearing Institute indicates that in the 18- to 44-year-old...
Your Ears Don’t Like the Cold Either

Your Ears Don’t Like the Cold Either

When the mercury dips in wintertime there are so many things to worry about, from traffic snarls to frozen pipes. Unfortunately, protecting your hearing health should be on the list too. And if you have a hearing aid, protecting it as well. The most obvious issue is...
Hearing Loss Can Sneak Up On You

Hearing Loss Can Sneak Up On You

In some ways dealing with hearing loss can be easier than recognizing it. Unless someone suffers a sudden hearing loss (SHL) episode, the weakening of one’s hearing can be so gradual — and concentrated in the higher range of perceptible sounds — that it’s easy to get...
What You Eat Is What You Hear

What You Eat Is What You Hear

This may or may not come as a surprise — but your diet can have an effect on your hearing. Like anything in your body, certain nutrients are necessary to maintain the health of your body’s hearing apparatus. Below is a list of some specific foods and nutritional...
Weather Changes and Your Hearing

Weather Changes and Your Hearing

It’s not your imagination. The changing weather of the changing seasons can and does affect your hearing. When the weather alters significantly it’s usually accompanied by swings in barometric pressure, which is the force of the atmosphere around you that is sometimes...
Hearing Loss and Cognition

Hearing Loss and Cognition

No one likes hearing loss. There’s nothing good about it — though there are ways to treat it and alleviate its repercussions. Unfortunately, recent studies have discovered a troubling connection between hearing loss and the erosion of cognitive abilities. These...
If Your Hearing Abruptly Alters, Seek Medical Help

If Your Hearing Abruptly Alters, Seek Medical Help

Suddenly not being able to hear — whether in one ear or both — is frightening and something requiring immediate medical attention. Sudden hearing loss (SHL) is not unheard of. It’s not something that the medical community fully understands, but it is something that is...
Protecting Your Ears During Summer Festival Season

Protecting Your Ears During Summer Festival Season

There are plenty of people who don’t think of the beach, golf course, or picnic table when they think of summer. Their passion is the summer music festival. If you’re one of those people — or you know someone who is — there is one note of caution to be considered....