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Medical NewsHearing Loss and Disease Risk Factors

Being able to communicate with ease has been determined to be a critical topic and aspect of healthy aging. Since 2014, a greater emphasis has been placed on hearing health and associated disease risk factors including the following life threatening co-morbidities: Dementia. Dr. Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D., otolaryngologist and Read more…

Through the GenerationsTreating Earaches with Natural Remedies

Until recently, childhood earaches and infections were primarily treated with a routine course of antibiotics. However, research now shows that childhood earaches can resolve within 10 days time with or without antibiotic use.1 In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a more conservative stance on how often and Read more…

Medical News“Honey, I Can’t Hear You!”

“Get your hearing checked!” My friend Pam and I had each heard this from our husbands for several years. But she is only 45 and I just turned 50, so we thought we were way too young to be losing our hearing. It must be them. But when my mom Read more…

Medical NewsAn Invisible and Disposable Hearing Aid

There are disposable contact lenses for vision problems, so why not a similar fix for hearing loss? Welcome to a new direction in hearing solutions, with the introduction of the Lyric 2 hearing aid. The Lyric 2 is a cylindrical shaped hearing aid that fits into the canal and can Read more…

Medical NewsDizzy No More with Vestibular Rehabilitation

Dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium are all signs of vestibular system dysfunction. Vestibular disorders can be caused by peripheral damage (occurring within the inner ear), or by central damage (occurring within areas of the central nervous system responsible for balance and equilibrium). These symptoms do not have to be permanently debilitating Read more…

Medical NewsMy Head is Spinning

Dear Dr. Kato: I’ve had several instances where I get a severe vertigo attack that lasts for two hours. It hits me out of the blue, and the vertigo is very debilitating! I notice that before the spinning sensation starts, my ear feels full and rings, and my hearing gets Read more…

Through the GenerationsFor All the World to Hear: Cochlear Implants

Loss of hearing is America’s most prevalent physical ailment.  More people suffer from hearing loss than from heart disease, cancer, blindness, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, venereal disease and kidney disease combined. Despite the magnitude of the problem, we pay less attention to hearing loss than to any other major affliction.  Perhaps Read more…

Medical NewsMy Head Is Spinning

Dear Dr. Kato: For the past 3 weeks, I’ve experienced dizziness nearly every morning when I turn over to get out of bed. I feel like I am spinning inside my head, and it is very frightening! If I lie perfectly still, I’m okay. Can you tell me what is Read more…

Medical NewsChildren’s Hearing Health

We often think of hearing loss as a problem related to aging. However, hearing loss affects people of all ages, from birth through adulthood. Hearing loss affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18. If their hearing loss is undetected, there will be delay in initiating proper Read more…

Medical NewsEar Wax…A Sticky Situation

Why do we have ear wax? Earwax is a normal product of our ears. It is a mixture of cerumen (wax), oil, sweat, and dead skin cells that is produced in the outer 1/3 of the ear canal. Although many consider ear wax to be a nuisance, it serves two Read more…

Medical NewsHow to Handle Family Gatherings with Hearing Loss

Family gatherings should be a joyous time of celebration, spent with loved ones, and reconnecting with friends and family. Grandparents delight in seeing their grandchildren.  Many of us catch up with those we haven’t seen since last year. However, these gatherings can be less than pleasant for some individuals. Hearing-impaired Read more…

Medical NewsMedications and Dizziness

Medications are often the first line treatment for patients experiencing severe dizziness and vertigo. These medications are essentially “rescue” drugs that can greatly alleviate the symptom of debilitating vertigo. However, these “rescue” drugs are neither always effective nor appropriate for many types of dizziness, and they may have potentially serious Read more…

Medical NewsSudden Hearing Loss: A Medical Emergency

What is sudden sensorineural hearing loss? Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is a rapid loss of hearing that occurs overnight, or over a period of up to three days. Usually, only one ear is affected. Patients may experience a feeling of fullness in the ear and tinnitus (or ringing of Read more…

Medical NewsMy Head is Spinning! Dizziness and Vertigo Are Treatable

Does it sometimes feel like the world is spinning around you? You’re not alone. Dizziness is a very common symptom, experienced by patients throughout the world. In fact, it is the third most common symptom reported to primary care physicians in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. Read more…

Medical NewsHearing Loss And Hearing Aids: What You Need To Know (Part 2 of 2)

Hearing loss is a major public health issue. It is the third most common chronic illness in the U.S, after arthritis and heart disease. So why does hearing loss often go untreated? In many cases, it occurs gradually, so individuals may not be aware of their hearing loss. This article, Read more…

Medical NewsHearing Loss and Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know (Part 1 of 2)

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Hearing loss is a major public health issue. After arthritis and heart disease, it is the third most common chronic illness in the U.S. Unfortunately, hearing loss often goes untreated. Why is it that hearing problems often fail to prompt a visit to see a doctor? There are many misconceptions Read more…

Medical NewsCan Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) Be Cured?

Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. Many famous people suffer(ed) from tinnitus including Peter Townsend, Bob Dylan, and even Beethoven. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. It is often described as a high-pitched squeal, but Read more…

Medical NewsProblems Hearing? When Is It Time to See a Doctor?

Hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions in the United States, affecting more than 31 million Americans. Hearing loss affects children and adults, and the incidence of hearing loss increases with age. Nearly one-third of individuals over the age of 65 have hearing loss, and half of Read more…

Medical NewsDizziness Can Lead to Falls: A Serious Danger

Dizziness is a common occurrence. More than 40% of adults report dizziness, vertigo, or balance problems to their physician. Terms such as unsteady, lightheaded, and vertigo, are often used by patients to describe their dizziness. But what do these terms mean? Vertigo is the perception of movement, and often is Read more…