Winter is coming, which means it is time to take a few extra precautions to protect your health. Ears in particular are very sensitive to cold weather and winter winds due to them having less fatty tissue for protection. Long exposer to cold weather may cause various issues. Continue reading
At Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, we know just how important it is to understand the things that effect your health. But as our time in medical school taught us, learning the details of big words like cholesteatoma, laryngopharyngeal reflux, and otolaryngology can be a full-time endeavor. To save you time, confusion, and tongue-twisters, we’ve curated a well-rounded ENT education library, which you can consult to learn more about a variety of ear, nose, and throat issues. Continue reading
As we covered before, approximately 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults around the globe face the risk of hearing loss. This high number comes from the increased levels of sound and noise that comes from recreational activities, like loud concerts, clubs/bars, and audio devices, like iPhones/Pods. Though we’re always telling the younger generation “hey, turn that down!” did you ever stop to think that the activities you’re involved in could have the same impact on your hearing? Continue reading
Many people clean their ears with Q-Tips daily, not thinking anything of it. However, cotton swabs are the cause of numerous ear injuries each year. When used inside the ear in this manner, cotton swabs can push earwax back into the far reaches of the inner ear, causing damage to the eardrum. The eardrum is very delicate and can be easily ruptured by even the slightest pressure of a cotton swab. The eardrum will heal over time, but this damage can lead to conductive hearing loss. Continue reading
New research has taken scientists on the first step to reversing hearing loss in adults, by revealing how the inner ear develops in mice embryos. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO have used this mouse model to identify two signaling molecules called fibroblast growth factors (FGFs), which are required for the overall development of the cochlea. Continue reading
Today’s world has advanced in many ways, and with that advancement has come noise—and lots of it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk for hearing loss. Most of this is due to exposure to high levels of recreational noise from loud entertainment venues and personal audio devices.