Tag: hearing loss

Newsbriefs: AMD Medication; Hearing Aids

Breakthrough in AMD Medication Delivery.
The frightening and painful monthly injections to treat age-related macular degeneration may be replaced by simple eye drops, according to researchers from the University of Birmingham (UK), who have developed the eye drops. In addition to being painful, the injections also can lead to tearing and

Tinnitus: Treatment and Prevention

Tinnitus: Treatment and Prevention

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, which causes a person to perceive noise in one or both ears when no external sound exists. The noise can occur intermittently or persistently and can interfere with sleep and concentration, and has been linked with stress and depression. The condition is

Zika Virus Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Zika Virus Symptoms: What You Need to Know

With Zika virus becoming more of a concern in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that certain people be tested. Groups considered to be at risk include people who have traveled to areas where Zika is on the rise; people who may be

Hearing Loss Affects Many Aspects of Your Life

As many as 36 million Americans, including 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74, report some degree of hearing loss. It can happen suddenly, but more often it is gradual.

“As we age, hearing loss begins to occur,” says Joseph Montano, EdD, associate professor of audiology at

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Moderate drinking (one or two glasses a day) shouldn’t affect your cognitive function and may even provide some mild benefits. But chronic alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol-induced dementia due to the combined toxic effects of alcohol and the nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. In fact, heavy drinking (more

How to Remove Ear Wax

How to Remove Ear Wax

Your ear wax may not appear like a vital bodily function, but it plays an important role in your ear health. Ear wax (also spelled as one word: earwax) is a yellowish, waxy substance called cerumen, and it is produced by glands in the ear canal. Its job is to

Ask the Doctor: Hydrocodone; Hearing Aids; Sustained Weight Loss

Q: I’m going to have knee surgery, and I’m concerned about the painkillers I may be prescribed afterwards. I’ve read how hydrocodone can be addictive. Any thoughts?

A: Hydrocodone is among a class of drugs known as narcotic analgesics. It’s also an opioid, which means it binds to opioid receptors in

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