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
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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 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
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
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
The one supplement most experts recommend to almost everyone—no matter your age, height, weight, or gender—is omega-3 fatty acids. Because of their wide-ranging health benefits, omega-3 supplements are the closest thing we have to a miracle pill. But why? Simply put, omega-3 fatty acids are essential.
The body can synthesize
Ear infections occur when one of the Eustachian tubes that connect the ear to the back of the throat becomes swollen, and fluid builds up in the middle ear (the section just behind the eardrum). Bacteria or a virus can also cause an infection of the middle ear. As most
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,
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