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 amplify and […]

Meniere’s disease

Insight into diagnosis and treatment What is Ménière’s disease? What are the causes? How is it treated? and more… What is Ménière’s disease? Ménière’s disease describes a set of episodic symptoms including vertigo (attacks of a spinning sensation), hearing loss, tinnitus (a roaring, buzzing, or ringing sound in the ear), and a sensation of fullness […]

Perforated Eardrum

Insight into ear injuries What is a perforated eardrum? What causes an eardrum hole? How is hearing affected by an eardrum hole? and more… A hole or rupture in the eardrum, the thin membrane that separates the ear canal from the middle ear, is called a perforated eardrum. The medical term for eardrum is tympanic […]

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports approximately 28 million Americans have lost some or all of their hearing, including 17 in 1,000 children under age 18. Noise exposure is increasingly common in the age of iPods and other personal music players. Overexposure to noise can cause both temporary and permanent hearing […]

Infant Hearing Loss

  If your newborn child does not startle, move, cry or react in any way to unexpected loud noises, does not awaken to loud noises, does not turn his/her head in the direction of your voice, does not freely imitate sound, or has failed a newborn hearing screening test, then he or she may have […]

Earaches and Otitis Media

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 children who […]

Dizziness and Motion Sickness

Insight into causes and prevention What is dizziness? What causes dizziness? How will my dizziness be treated?   Feeling unsteady or dizzy can be caused by many factors such as poor circulation, inner ear disease, medication usage, injury, infection, allergies, and/or neurological disease. Dizziness is treatable, but it is important for your doctor to help […]

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 a tear or pulling inward of the eardrum can allow skin into the middle ear. Cholesteatomas often develop as cysts or […]

Child 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 the availability of resources, and the respective roles […]

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 you or your loved one has a problem […]