Hearing and vision loss are common as we age, but there are things you can do to lessen the impact. A doctor discusses sensory decline and aging.
If you have a certain kind of hearing loss for which hearing aids provide limited benefit, a new solution may improve your ability to hear and understand. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first implantable device for people who have severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss of high-frequency sounds, but can hear low-frequency sounds with or without a hearing aid. … Read More
Cotton swabs. Baby oil. Ear candles. There are plenty of home remedies for ear wax. But do you know what’s best for your ears? Our ear expert, neurotologist Erika Woodson, MD, FACS offers her do’s and don’ts for safely dealing with earwax buildup.
If you suspect an elderly parent isn’t driving as well as he used to, there are actions you can take to help. Some older people can drive safely in their 80s and even early 90s, but many seniors develop hearing, vision and other problems that impair their ability to drive safely. Loss of the ability to … Read More
You’ve all heard it before: Never put anything, especially a cotton swab, in your ears. Yet people still do it sometimes in an effort to keep their ears clean. Experts say that cotton swabs in the ears can cause disastrous results. “I had a patient who actually knocked her hearing bones out of place with … Read More
What a thrill to hear your child say “mama” or “dada” for the first time. And then develop more vocabulary, sometimes in adorable baby talk. But what if your child is still saying “gwamma” (instead of “grandma”) or “thithta” (instead of “sister”) at age 5? Should you be concerned? “Not necessarily,” says Cleveland Clinic Children’s … Read More
You may be surprised to learn that the shape of your ears can make you more or less likely to get swimmer’s ear, a painful outer ear infection. While there’s not much any of us can do about the particular curves of our ears, experts say there are ways to help prevent swimmer’s ear. The infection, … Read More
One out of every three cases of hearing loss in the United States is 100 percent avoidable. Surprised? While figures vary, these cases — caused by noise exposure — affect approximately 36 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Audiology. Many people don’t realize how noise exposure could put them at risk for this … Read More
Ear buds and earphones are everywhere — and may even seem physically attached to some teens. While these little sonic feeding tubes can fill us with music, they can also cause hearing damage. Here’s how to minimize the risk. With a little effort, you can find models that do a better job of canceling outside … Read More
When an infant has an ear infection, it can be hard to recognize. You watch for a telltale sign, such as tugging on the ear, but as a parent, you may simply find yourself in the wee hours with your little one trying to console the seemingly inconsolable. At least 0lder kids can tell you … Read More