• How the Ear Works

    The ear has three main parts: the outer ear (including the external auditory canal), middle ear, and inner ear. The outer ear (the part you can see) opens into the ear canal. The eardrum (tympanic membrane) separates the ear canal from the middle ear. The middle ear contains three small bones which help

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  • Child Screening

    Why Is Early Childhood Hearing Screening Important for Your Child? Approximately two to four of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, making hearing loss the most common birth disorder. Many studies have shown that early diagnosis of hearing loss is crucial to

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  • Ears and Altitude

    Insight into making air travel more comfortable Why do ears pop? How can air travel cause hearing problems? How to help babies unblock their ears? and more... Ear problems are the most common medical complaint of airplane travelers, and while they are usually simple, minor annoyances, they may result

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  • Cholesteatoma

    Insight into ear growths What causes a cholesteatoma? How is cholesteatoma treated? Symptoms and dangers and more... An abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum is called cholesteatoma. Repeated infections and/or and a tear or retraction of the eardrum can cause the skin to toughen

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  • Know the Power of Sound

    Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Each decibel is one tenth of a bel, which is a unit that measures the intensity of sound. For every six decibels, the intensity of the sound doubles. At 90 dB of uninterrupted sound, the limit of safe noise exposure is eight hours. For each six dB increase of uninterrupted

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  • Ear Tubes

    Insight into causes and treatment options Who needs ear tubes and why? What to expect after surgery and more... Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children-by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode. Most ear infections either resolve on their own (viral)

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  • Earaches

    Insight into otitis media and treatments What is otitis media? How does the ear work? What are the symptoms? Otitis media means “inflammation of the middle ear,” as a result of a middle ear infection. It can occur in one or both ears. Otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis for

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  • Ear Plastic Surgery

    Protruding and drooping ears or torn earlobes can be surgically corrected. Exceptionally large ears or those that stick out make children vulnerable to teasing. These procedures do not alter the patient's hearing, but they may improve appearance and self-confidence. What Is Involved in "Pinning Back"

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  • Better Ear Health

    Many medical conditions, such as those listed below, can affect your hearing health. Treatment of these and other hearing losses can often lead to improved or restored hearing. If left undiagnosed and untreated, some conditions can lead to irreversible hearing impairment or deafness. If you suspect that

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  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

    What is AIED? Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an inflammatory condition of the inner ear. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks cells in the inner ear that are mistaken for a virus or bacteria. AIED is a rare disease occurring in less than one percent of the 28 million Americans with

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  • Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems

    Who is in day care? The 2000 census reported that of among the nation's 19.6 million preschoolers, grandparents took care of 21 percent, 17 percent were cared for by their father (while their mother was employed or in school); 12 percent were in day care centers; nine percent were cared for by other

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  • Ear Infection and Vaccines

    Researchers continue to look for help for children and parents of children who suffer from the most common type of ear infection, called middle ear infection or otitis media (OM). About 62 percent of children in developed countries will have their first episode of OM by the age of one, more than 80 percent

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  • Child's Hearing Loss

    As the parent of a child with newly diagnosed hearing loss, you will have many questions and concerns regarding the nature of this problem, its effects on your child’s future, treatment options, and resources. This brief guide will give you necessary initial information, and provide guidance about

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  • Cochlear Implants

    A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from a conventional hearing aid. It is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not

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  • Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination

    What you should know Children with cochlear implants are more likely to get bacterial meningitis than children without them. In addition, some children who are candidates for cochlear implants have inner ear abnormalities that may increase their risk for meningitis. Because children with cochlear

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