Avoiding Swimmer’s Ear

It’s technically referred to as acute external otitis or otitis externa, but most of us know it as Swimmer’s ear, an infection of the outer ear canal. The infection is called swimmer’s ear because it frequently develops due to water remaining in the ears after swimming. This damp environment can promote microbial growth. Swimmer’s ear…

Hearing Loss and Cancer Treatments

The side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment have been well known for many years. But only recently has research addressed the risk of hearing loss and related conditions reported by many post-cancer treatment patients. Studies have related a strong link between hearing loss and cancer treatments, especially among certain chemotherapy medications. It is important…

Don’t Believe Your Ears!

Everyone knows the old expression, “I couldn’t believe my eyes!” Sometimes you shouldn’t. We’re all familiar with the startling effects of optical illusions. Your brain, separated from the outside world, depends on your senses to collect information on the environment around it. But it’s important to remember that the brain merely interprets the information it collects. For…