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Based on this systematic review, The safety and effectiveness of different methods of ear wax removal: a systematic review and economic evaluation: On measures of wax clearance Cerumol, sodium bicarbonate, olive oil and water are all more effective than no treatment; triethanolamine polypeptide (TP) is better than olive oil; wet irrigation is better than ...


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Short answer Sometimes (and yes, deafening has been used as a treatment for some patients). Tinnitus has multiple causes Although the mechanisms of tinnitus are not completely understood, many forms of sustained tinnitus are not caused by activity in hair cells. Rather, the causes involve auditory brain regions beyond the inner ear, likely due to those ...


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I think you are having difficulty finding the answer because you are perhaps not asking the right question(s). ...why are more efforts not made to improve their function? How would you support the assertion that more isn't being done to "improve their function"? The fact that you don't know about something doesn't mean it's not being investigated. ......


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Perforated eardrums (or ruptured tympanic membranes) are a problem older than mankind. The majority of cases (reported/observed, ~80%) heal spontaneously with little residual hearing loss or other problems, usually in a few weeks. It is acceptable practice, therefore, to only observe traumatic TM perforations for healing. If you are still experiencing ...


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It sounds like you're talking about otitis externa, an infection of the ear canal, a condition where you really should avoid getting any water in your ear. You've already identified that the cap in question is not really waterproof. The best way (and really the only way) to keep water out of your ear is to stay out of the water until your ear has had time ...


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According to the NHS, it is safe to fly with a perforated eardrum. They say that it may even cause less discomfort because air can pass more easily through the hole that has formed in your eardrum. You did mention that the hole has appeared to have scabbed over, but that still shouldn't put you at a risk of furthering the damage to your ear. It might cause a ...


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First of all: This is not an answer related to your described medical condition. Therefore, I will not draw any conclusions regarding your condition. But, taking calcium carbonate containing antacids is very unlikley a cause for otoconia ("ear crystals") to form and/or grow. Actually, the formation of otoconia requires more than just a calcium carbonate ...


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Yes, there is ear cancer, both middle / inner ear and outer ear. See Cancer of the ear. Most of these are types of skin cancer. The most common type of cancer of the ear is squamous cell carcinomas. Other types of cancer affecting the outer ear include: basal cell cancer melanoma P.S. There are also heart cancers.


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In addition to the above, see this diagram. Your MIDDLE ear (highlighted in blue) connects to your sinus via the Eustachian tube (where it drains into the sinus cavity isn't showed). Your EXTERNAL ear canal is where the wax is, and it's separated from middle ear by the ear drum (TM). Also, many physicians advise not to use cotton tipped applicators in ...


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No, they just make earwax problems worse by compacting the wax and pushing it further into the ear canal. You can buy ear drops containing carbamide peroxide that will dissolve excess wax safely. No prescription is required in the US. Why you shouldn't use cotton swabs to clean your ears (CNN 2017)


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Thank you for this most interesting question. Happy to have a fresh look on these things. The main question is if you give or do not give medication, mainly antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines or painkillers. Luckily there is a cochrane [1] review of studies, I think the best answer is already in just sharing the conclusion: Authors’ conclusions: ...


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Scopolamine products to prevent motion sickness are to be placed behind the ear to. One brand name for this product is Transderm-Scop. I will write below why it is placed behind the ear, but in terms of the Facebook post, it's probably not accurate. In fact, Snopes.com did a 'Fact-Check' article on a similar subject. Scopolamine is an antimuscarinic ...


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Octonium\Otoliths (also known as ear crystals\rocks) are a natural part of the vestibular system. BPPV is caused by these otoliths coming loose, and so isn't directly related to calcium carbonate intake. BPPV can result from a head injury or simply occur among those who are older. A specific cause is often not found. The underlying mechanism involves a ...


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Calcium carbonate from antacids does not appear as calcium carbonate in the ear (or brain). When you take antacids, the gastric acid converts calcium carbonate to calcium chloride. These effect is based on the chemical reaction CaCO3 + 2HCl → CaCl2 + H2O + CO2, in which hydrochloric acid and calcium carbonate, the base component, form water, carbon ...


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Most people describe ringing in ears as tinnitus. From a medical perspective, the definition of tinnitus is a real mess. It is typically described as a symptom and not a disease and diagnosis is often based on self report (although objective tinnitus is when a doctor can hear the sound). Things get messy though in that Heller and Bergman (1953) found that 93%...


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You should not listen to music at 85 decibels for more than 8 hours. And if it's at 88 decibels limit your time to 4 hours. To judge this you have to use decibels: Livescience.com A person exposed to noise levels at 85 decibels or higher for a prolonged period of time is at risk for hearing loss You shouldn't listen to music , or be exposed to any ...


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Interesting research offers a possible explanation as to why, even when exposed to the same external harmful noise stimulus, some individuals will develop tinnitus and other individuals will not. Extrapolating findings from research on animals may reveal why some people develop tinnitus while others do not. Animals were exposed to a noise stimulus with the ...


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It seems unlikely that ear wax could cause nasal congestion and restricted breathing, since in relatively healthy individuals, the ear canal is separated from the middle ear by the tympanic membrane (aka the ear drum). If the ear infection, or the Q-Tip, or however you "flushed" the middle ear, caused a perforation of the ear drum, lots of things could be ...


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This is not remedied with alcohol. It is a form of discoloration. To make them look clean again, use bleach. Silicone can withstand quite a bit of that, but use very warm, not hot/boiling water. This combination also disinfects your gear. After years of exposure to water and humidity, clear silicone can begin to yellow and blacken. This discoloration is ...


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Homeopathy remedies have no physiological effect (http://www.howdoeshomeopathywork.com). A homeopathic consultation along with the associated ritual of prescription etc may have a psychological or placebo effect. As far as the fish bone goes, chances are what you’re feeling is a scratch with associated inflammation which will go away in a few days (the ...


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A regular check-up does not seem to be recommended (e. g. there is no mention of a regular ENT checkup here: https://www.entnet.org/content/clinical-practice-guidelines), assuming the patient does not have any complaints or ongoing diseases. For individual diseases of the ear (or those related to the ears) checkups may be indicated however the time period of ...


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No, at least not reliably. Each person is different and some tympanic membranes are situated in a pretty direct angle. Even in canals with a steep angle, a strong enough jet just ricocheting off the wall can still generate enough force to be harmful. Don't use any water jet type of thing that was not designed for ears. Some of the dangers are discussed ...


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Usually tinnitus or ringing in ears is caused by infections or blockages in the ear, and it can disappear once the underlying cause is treated. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds is the most common cause of tinnitus. Other conditions and illnesses that can lead to tinnitus are as follows: Blockages of the ear due to a buildup of wax Some drugs mostly ...


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Ringing in ears can happen due to various reasons. Its causes can be: Normal aging process Head and neck injuries Ear infections A foreign object, or earwax touching the eardrum Eustachian tube (middle ear) problems Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders Stiffening of the middle ear bones Traumatic brain injury Cardiovascular diseases There are various ...


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From what I can piece together, you are asking about the relationship between fluid build-up, eustachian tube or sinus dysfunction and other cranial conditions. The key thing to realize is that the eustachian tube connects the nasopharynx to the middle ear. Fluid build up is almost always a middle ear issue. Inner ear diseases are things like Meniere's ...


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The first thing to do is you should go to see a doctor. Your primary care physician can look deep into your ear to see if there is anything lodged in it. It may be a build up of wax, or debris. If so, your doctor can clean it out. If there is nothing blocking your ear drum, and the feeling of blockage continues you should see a specialist. You could also ...


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Assuming you do not only hear these sounds on windy days while outside, wWhat you are describing is most likely tinnitus and not simply the wind passing your ear. While tinnitus is common, it is generally a sign of an abnormality in the auditory system. In most cases you are the only one who can hear it, but in some cases the ear makes sounds. These ...


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The first thing to do is to see a doctor. Your primary care doctor is the place to start. He or she can look deep into your ear to see if there is anything lodged in it. It may be a build up of wax, or debris. If so, yoUr doctor can clean it out. If there is nothing blocking your ear drum, and the feeling of blockage continues you should see a specialist. ...


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In a nutshell: mechanical effects - earwax impaction in the auditory canal, external otitis noise exposure (i.e. songs) - some degree of hearing loss. These are the possible consequences. It doesn't mean you are sure to have them.


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