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How to Prevent and Treat a Clogged Ear

How to Prevent and Treat a Clogged Ear

Do sounds become muffled when you’ve got a cold? Does your ear feel blocked after a long swim? Sounds like you’re suffering from clogged ear, an annoying condition that can make hearing a challenge. While a clogged ear can indicate an ear infection, it could also be a sign of

Blocked Ear? Treatment and Prevention of “Swimmer’s Ear”

Blocked Ear? Treatment and Prevention of “Swimmer’s Ear”

Even if you’re not a regular swimmer, you may experience a blocked ear—the condition many call “swimmer’s ear”—from time to time. A blocked ear may indicate an infection and inflammation of the outer ear canal. As with any ailment, it helps to understand the proven ways to prevent the symptoms

Hearing Aids: Find the Right Ones for Your Ears

Hearing Aids: Find the Right Ones for Your Ears

Hearing aids are expensive (average cost: $4,700 for two—and HealthyHearing.com says as much as $4,000 each), they require a prescription, and they’re not covered by Medicare. If a commercial insurance plan covers anything, it’s usually the hearing exam and maybe a small portion of low-end hearing aids. Many people don’t

Loss of Hearing: Avoid Loud Noises to Reduce Your Risk

Loss of Hearing: Avoid Loud Noises to Reduce Your Risk

A loss of hearing can severely impact your quality of life. For many of us, a loss of hearing makes us frustrated, angry, and depressed. We know we miss out on conversation bits, but we find ourselves somewhat embarrassed at constantly saying, “What did you say?”  If that loss of

The Reality of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be life-savers, enabling those who use them to once again hear doorbells, police sirens, and fire alarms. But those aren’t the sounds that bring some people to tears when better hearing is restored. It’s the simple sounds: the humming of a refrigerator, the crunching of shoes on

Ask the Experts: Borrowing Medications; Ear Infection; Weight Loss Diets

Q. I’ve been feeling very down in the last few months, and my daughter offered me some old antidepressant medication she no longer uses. It’s called trazodone—would you recommend that I try it?
A. You should never take anybody else’s prescription medication. When prescribing drugs, doctors carefully consider a person’s health,

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

The Buzz on Tinnitus: Possible Help for Ringing in the Ears

Q. Are there any dietary changes or nutritional supplements that can help relieve the ringing in my ears? A. Possibly. Tinnitus is the medical term for ringing in the ears. It affects about 10% of Americans, with an onset typically between ages 40 and 70.    Tinnitus can vary in intensity

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