Most of us are familiar with the type of hearing loss that can be improved with hearing aids, but there is another type of hearing loss—the type that can be caused by a buildup of earwax, among other things. The former type is called sensorineural hearing loss, while the latter
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Your throat. A lot can happen to that 5-inch hollow tube that connects the base of your nasal cavity to your windpipe and esophagus. A sore throat can silence your singing voice. Or a faulty pharynx (the medical name for the throat) may cause swallowing difficulties that can affect your
Q: I’m not moving my bowels as regularly as I have up to now. Since I would rather not take laxatives, can you suggest a natural solution?
A: Constipation is typically caused by a poor diet, dehydration, and lack of physical activity—however, any new onset of constipation can be a symptom
When singers like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney perform for decades, their fans see many changes: their fashions, their style of music, and even their voices. While some voice changes are a normal part of aging, 10 to 30 percent of people over the age of 65 experience more significant
You’re achy and stuffy and your throat feels like you swallowed sandpaper. Congratulations! You’ve got a cold. Now what? From eating chicken soup to sleeping in wet socks, people try a multitude of cures for the common cold. One of the best scientifically proven remedies, however, can be found in
When I was a student, I used to get sick every Christmas break. I’d make it through the stress of midterm exams in mid-December and be looking forward to a two-week break from school. Then—voila—I’d come down with a nasty cold or the flu and be miserable for a good
You’ve heard of vertigo, but do you know what benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is? It’s a common inner ear problem that produces a false sense of spinning, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Many of us will experience one or more episodes of BPPV
If you have trouble swallowing, you have dysphagia. If that trouble swallowing is associated with pain, it’s called odynophagia. These are big words for an annoying—and potentially dangerous—disorder that most of us call “trouble swallowing.”
According to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, the number of those who have trouble swallowing
Smell tests have been widely touted as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), under the theory that the nose knows more about the earliest signs of AD than any other bodily system. The level of difficulty people encounter in identifying certain scents—such as lilac, leather, lemons, strawberry, smoke, soap,
Don’t sniff a the loss of sense of smell. Besides a connection to dementia, there are health and nutrition factors that make hyposmia (reduction), parosmia (distortion), or anosmia (complete loss) worth investigating.
There are a number of benign—albeit annoying—reasons you don’t smell well, but a connection to dementia may make hyposmia