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What Are Tympanostomy Tubes and Do You Need Them?

You've probably heard other parents mention their child getting tubes in their ears. It sounds simple enough when it's someone else's child. But when it's your baby's turn, anxiety can rear its head. We know that any medical procedure on…

A woman holds her hand up to her ear as her ear tubes drain.

Patient Instructions for Ear Tube Drainage: A Complete Guide

Ear tube placement is a very simple, routine office procedure. But many patients have questions after they get home. Is ear tube drainage normal? How much is normal? Is it okay if my ears were draining but then stopped? Let's…

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The 5 Best Decongestants for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

If you experience eustachian tube dysfunction, you know the feeling of fullness and pressure that fills your ears. Naturally, you want to alleviate this feeling however possible. But what is the best way to accomplish this? Let's explore the best…

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How To Manage Chronic Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

We all experience eustachian tube dysfunction at some point in our lives, usually during a respiratory virus. Ear pressure, a sense of fullness in the ears, or muffled hearing can last for a week or so and then vanish when…

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How To Know if a Bone Conduction Hearing Aid Is Right for You

If you're interested in increasing your ability to hear after experiencing hearing loss, you may find yourself considering hearing aids. Bone conduction hearing aids are only one type of assistive hearing device. They can help many people, but not everyone…

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Tympanostomy vs. Myringotomy: Differences Explained

Tympanostomy vs. myringotomy. If you're not familiar with medical lingo, those words probably sound like gibberish! But if you or your child suffer from frequent middle ear infections, you may have run across one or both of these terms in…

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9 Doctor’s Tips To Prevent Your Ear Infection Coming Back

You know the feeling: your ear is completely stopped up. You feel like you're underwater, and you quickly realize your lipreading skills are sorely lacking. You've tried every trick in the book: swallowing, holding your nose and bearing down, clearing…

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Cauliflower Ear: What It Is, How It Happens, and How To Drain It

Boxing and wrestling fans know the unusual look of a perichondrial hematoma, more commonly referred to as "wrestler's ear" or "cauliflower ear." Cauliflower ear has become less common in organizations like the UFC in recent years because of participants wearing…

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Ask a Surgeon: What ENT Symptoms Shouldn’t I Ignore?

We've all done it. You have an unusual symptom that you've never experienced before. You ask a spouse or a friend what they think. Ultimately, you pick up your phone and turn to the one friend who always has your…

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What Are the Symptoms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Do you ever feel like you're hearing the world from underwater? Or maybe your ears feel like you've been on an airplane and you just can't get them to "pop." If so, you may be dealing with a case of…

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Otitis Media: A Doctor’s Quick Guide to Middle Ear Infections

Having a small child sick with a cold is sad enough. But when they tell you their ear hurts, you know your plans for the day have changed. Otitis media, or a middle ear infection, is awful no matter how…

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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation: Everything You Need to Know

For such a small part of the body, the ear has a huge impact on how we feel and how we perceive the world. If we zoom in even further, we see that the ear has much smaller components that…

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Swimmer’s Ear: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Summer is here! While most people (especially kids) take this as an open invitation for regular pool time, some dread the inevitable swimmer’s ear that will soon follow all that time in the water. As you prepare for your days…

Is an Open-Fitting Hearing Aid Right For You?

Choosing a hearing aid feels like a major decision. After all, you want to invest in a device that will help you re-engage with the world around you as seamlessly as possible. For many, the best option is an open-fitting…

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The Audiologist’s Guide to Hearing Aid Care & Cleaning

Hearing aids are like your teeth — you need to brush them every day to keep them clean. A device like a hearing aid requires special care. And while that care isn’t necessarily complicated, it does need to be regular.…

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Why You Experience Vertigo & How to Know if You Need an ENT

Feeling the dizzy experience of vertigo can quickly have you reaching for the phone to call your doctor, ENT, or anyone who can help you regain your sense of stability again! But before you call, you may want to consider…

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Ask a Doctor: How Can You Safely Clean Your Ears in a Post Q-Tip World?

Medical professionals are known for their advice – and most of it doesn't involve Q-tips. But as an Audiologist, the best and most universal advice I give is this: Do everything you can to protect your hearing. With many types…

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Humming in Your Ears? Here Are The Four Main Types of Tinnitus

Imagine a bee buzzes in your ear for an entire day. This humming in the ear keeps you turning to see if anything is there, fidgeting with your ear, and struggling to pay attention to the world around you. Does…

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4 Signs You Need to See an Audiologist

You can hear, but you can’t understand words clearly. You wonder if it’s you, or if other people are just quietly mumbling. If you realize it’s your hearing, you wonder what will come next… and what you can do about…

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What Does an Audiologist Do? Everything You Need to Know

There seems to be a specialist for each body part, age-group, and issue. With so many specialists, how do you know who to visit? If you’re having a hearing-related issue, an Audiologist is likely the best specialist to address your…

Ear tubes for adults

How to Know if an Adult Ear Tube Placement Can Help You

When we think about someone getting tubes in their ears, we typically picture a toddler who can’t shake their constant ear infections. But needing tubes in the ears happens for adults, too. While it’s less frequent than child procedures, adults…

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What Does An ENT Do At Your First Appointment?

We all know an ENT deals with the ears, nose, and throat — but what do they actually do about the problems we’re experiencing? When you’re referred to a specialist, it can be a struggle to set the right expectations.…

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The Parents’ Guide to Pediatric Myringotomy (Ear Tubes)

Only a parent who’s dealt with a child struggling with ear pain fully understands the significance of a promise of relief. The constant ear infections, discomfort, and sleepless nights leaves you looking at any and every solution that might alleviate…

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