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Is it safe to use olive oil to clean the ear wax?

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 ...
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Why are antibiotics and ear tubes the primary treatment for chronic ear infections rather than improving normal drainage through the Eustachian tube?

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 ...
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Can induced deafness cure tinnitus

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 ...
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Can antacids cause ear crystals (which can cause dizzines)?

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 ...
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Perforated Eardrum Issue

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 ...
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Can "Waterproof Swim Cap" be good for people with ear infections?

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 ...
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Can flying while an eardrum perforation due to barotrauma is healing cause further damage?

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. ...
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Can ear cancer occur?

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....
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Are cotton ear cleaners safe to clean the ear wax?

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 ...
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Ringing in ears

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 ...
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Can ear wax cause nasal congestion?

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 ...
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What is the most modern strategy for treating middle ear infections in children?

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 ...
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Can scopolamine really be given through the ear?

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 ...
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Can antacids cause ear crystals (which can cause dizzines)?

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 ...
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Can antacids cause ear crystals (which can cause dizzines)?

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 ...
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What effects of earwax buildup persist even after the buildup is removed?

Recent guidelines by Schwartz and colleagues (2017 PMID 28045591) note that removal of the earwax should result in resolution of symptoms: Clinicians should assess patients at the conclusion of in-...
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How much music listening is harmless using earphones?

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 ...
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If your brain tells you that you hear ringing in you ears, tininitus, why is it so difficult to tell it to stop?

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. ...
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How to properly clean a silicone earplug?

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 ...
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Fish bone stuck in my throat

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 ...
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Can ear wax cause nasal congestion?

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 (...
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Do doctors recommend that ears should be checked annually?

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 ...
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Meatus acusticus externus

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 ...
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What can extreme tinitis and other ear problems be related to?

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 ...
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How to open my partially closed ear?

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, ...
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Hearing some kind of screeching sound. Is it (not) normal?

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 ...
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I'm not sure, but might have something stuck in my ear

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, ...
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Health effects of wearing ear plugs at night, ear phones during the day

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 ...
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