About labyrinthitis
The labyrinth is the portion of the inner ear that controls your body's sense of balance, in addition to its role in hearing. An infection of this organ can lead to a condition known as labyrinthitis (LAB-IH-RINTH-ITIS).
Aging and hearing loss
One in three Americans over the age of 65 suffer some degree of hearing impairment. By the age of 85, fifty-eight percent have hearing loss in one or both ears.
Air travel and your ears
You may have noticed that your ears sometimes 'pop' when flying in an airplane. This may also occur while driving in the mountains or riding in an elevator.
Assistive listening devices
An assistive listening device, or A-L-D, differs from a regular hearing aid in a number of ways. The simplest ones consist of an ear mold which fits inside the ear.
Brain tinnitus
If you hear a constant or intermittent ringing, buzzing, or clicking for which there's no external sound source, you may be tempted to think the problem is all in your head, and that may be true.
Causes of hearing loss
Before you buy tickets for the next rock concert, you should be aware that loud noises are among the leading causes of hearing loss. They can damage the sensitive eardrum or the small bones of the middle ear.
Diagnosis of hearing loss
A visit to the ear doctor for a hearing test is a simple and painless procedure. Your doctor may perform voice or tuning fork tests to determine how you react to various types of sounds.
Ear infections-symptoms in children
Young children are far more susceptible to ear infections than adults. This may be due to their smaller eustachian (YOU-STAY-SHE-EN) tubes, which helps the middle ear to drain and allows pressure to equalize.
External ear tinnitus
Tinnitis (tin-EYE-tus) is a ringing, hissing, buzzing, thumbing, or whistling of the ear that may be constant or intermittent. It's one of the most common ear problems and frequently associated with others.
Fluid in your ears
There is normally a certain amount of fluid in your ears. When too much builds up, it drains through the eustachian (YOU-STAY-SHEN) tube, which connects your ear to the base of the throat.
Hearing impairment
Hearing impairment is a gradual process, and may go undetected for a long time. The leading preventable cause is exposure to loud noises. Veterans of war, particularly those who were exposed to artillery fire, often develop hearing problems.
Hearing preservation
The single best way of dealing with hearing loss is to prevent it from happening in the first place. And the greatest cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises.
Inner ear infections
Inner ear infections can affect both hearing and balance systems. Either a bacterium or a virus causes the infection, and although the symptoms of the two types of infections mimic each other, they're treated differently.
Inner ear tinnitus
There are more than 200 possible causes for tinnitus (TIN-IT-US), a ringing, buzzing or clicking in the ears, without any known external source of the sound.
Meniere's disease
The condition known as Meniere's (MANE-EE-AIRZ) disease was first described in 1861, but even today the cause is not known. It's a disorder that affects the inner ear, and can disrupt both hearing and balance.
Middle ear infections
Middle ear infections are a common condition of early childhood. The middle ear is connected to the back of the nose by the Eustachian (you-stay-shen) tube.
Middle ear tinnitus
Ringing, buzzing, chirping, clicking, if you're hearing a constant sound for which there's no apparent source, you're probably one of the millions of people who suffer from tinnitis (TIN-IT-IS).
Otosclerosis
Otosclerosis (oh-toe-scler-OH-sis) is a condition of the middle ear in which new bone tissue is formed, interfering with the mechanism of the three bones conducting sound.
Outer ear infections
Inflammation of the outer ear canal is a common occurrence. The inflammation may cause severe pain in the ear which can be worsened by movements, such as chewing and yawning.
Ruptured eardrum facts
When you hear a sound, vibrations in the ear are transmitted to the tympanic (TIM-PAN-ICK) membrane, or eardrum, and then to the inner ear, where they're converted to nerve impulses and sent to the brain.
Surgical restoration of hearing loss
Modern surgical techniques have come a long way in recent years. Fiber optics allow ear surgeons to perform delicate operations that would have been unheard of just decades ago.
Telephone amplifiers
Hearing loss, particularly in the elderly, can be most noticeable when using the telephone. Normal hearing aids may get in the way when holding a receiver to the ear so a telephone amplifier may be the answer.
Tinnitus facts
Tinnitus (TIN-IT-US) is commonly called 'ringing in the ears,' although it can also take the form of buzzing, hissing or any number of sounds. Some fifty million Americans suffer from the condition to some degree, and about twelve million of those cases are severe enough to require medical attention.
Tinnitus treatment
Tinnitus (TIN-IT-US) is the sensation of hearing a ringing or buzzing in the ears when there is no external source of the sound. There is no cure, but various treatments are available to mask or minimize the noise.
What is central auditory processing disorder?
A central auditory processing disorder may be present when a child with normal hearing and intelligence exhibits difficulty paying attention and understanding spoken words.
What is hyperacusis?
Hyperacusis (hi-per-uh-cue-sis) is a rare disorder where an individual becomes highly sensitive to everyday sounds. Some people think they have hyperacusis because they are bothered by noises such as lawnmowers, sirens, or loud music.


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