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How do tubes help treat ear infections?

Ear tubes do many things to help ear infections. The most important things they do are draining the ear of fluid and ventilating the ear. Overall, this will help your child hear better. The tubes also ...
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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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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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Is regular nightly usage of earplugs healthy?

High quality custom ear plugs (e.g., http://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/erme.html although all custom plug are essentially the same materials) are essentially identical to the molds ...
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How can I trust my doctor and what he said

It is true that a tumour in your lung can make you cough (I coughed uncontrollably day and night until mine went away) but a million much milder things can do that too. If you had a cancer growing in ...
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Why do people snore?

As explained here [1], it is the price we've paid for our ability to speak: Obstructive sleep apnea is an anatomic illness caused by evolutionary changes in the human upper respiratory tract. ...
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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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Which deteriorates hearing faster; treble or bass?

There are a number of issues wrapped up in this question. The first, which deteriorates faster treble or bass, is that Presbycusis, age related hearing loss, is a high frequency (i.e., treble) ...
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How to scratch an itchy throat

Typically itchy throats are associated with post nasal drip, dry air, allergies, or some other irritant. If it's allergen related, an antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, etc) can be helpful. ...
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Is there an accepted way to remove a tonsilloliths at home?

I found these water injectors on Amazon which squirt a thin stream of water for several dozen seconds and have a curved tip that can reach back into the crevices of tonsils. I was able to remove ...
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