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…

Advice on Ear Cleaning

For many people, grabbing a cotton swab and diving into the ear canal is the accepted method of ear cleaning. You may have the best of intentions, but you’re likely doing more harm than good. And although earwax may make you feel unclean, it actually has nothing to do with personal hygiene. Earwax is vital…

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…

Live Better, Hear Better

Bad lifestyle habits are difficult to break, but where your health is concerned, change is good. Here are five bad habits that can impair and damage the health and your hearing — Smoking It’s been documented for decades that smoking and good health are at odds. A little known side effect of smoking is hearing…