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Ear Problems & Solutions

The Rare Case of Microtia

by Gabriel Davoodpour
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What is Microtia? Microtia is a congenital condition that results in the deformation of the external ear. Microtia is relatively rare and occurs in 3 out of every 10,000 births. Treatment options have traditionally been a challenge for surgeons around the world. The difficulty in treating this condition resides in the complex structure of the […]

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Pediatric Hearing Loss: Overview

by Cameron Smith
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My infant has hearing loss, what is the first step to restoring any sense of hearing? Most newborns are screened for hearing loss before they leave the hospital. Discovering your infant has hearing loss can be emotionally challenging. In these situations, it is imperative that you act quickly because an infant’s brain develops rapidly, particularly […]

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The Mechanism of Hearing: A General Overview

by Cameron Smith
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The process of hearing has evolved over time to provide critical sensory information that is essential to our everyday lives. Like other sensory organs, the ear is responsible for gathering data from the environment and translating it into a form that our brains can understand. In hearing, this process begins with sound waves. Sound waves […]

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Cochlear Implant: An Overview

by Cameron Smith
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A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that serves as a functioning replacement for a damaged inner ear component called the cochlea. The cochlea is responsible for translating the mechanical force of sound into electrical signals that the brain can understand. In short the cochlea is the “translator” between sound waves and brain waves. […]

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Microtia: Congenital Deformity of the Ear

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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Question: My child has been born without one ear. What should I do? Discussion: Microtia is a relatively common congenital ear deformity where the ear is either underdeveloped or completely absent (also referred to as anotia). It can be associated with a narrow ear canal or no ear canal at all. Depending on the degree […]

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Otitis Externa – Swimmer’s Ear

by Brendan Yoon
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Otitis externa is inflammation of the external ear canal. Otitis externa has many possible causes: Bacterial: Bacteria can infect the outer ear when the skin is damaged. Moisture in the ear (from swimming, showering, or other aquatic-related activities) along with the body’s natural heat creates an optimal environment for bacteria to grow; this is commonly […]

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Boxer’s Ear: Can your ear explode?

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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No. 3-ranked UFC fighter, Leslie Smith sustained a match-ending right cross to the side of her head in a bout against contender Jessica Eye. The 125lb fighter was forced to stop the fight when a hematoma in her left ear violently ruptured after a direct blow from her opponent. Leslie had been draining a preexisting […]

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Complications of Ear Piercing: Perichondritis and Ear Disfigurement

by Dr. Jason Hamilton
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  Body piercing has become more popular and less taboo in recent years. With an increase in piercing there has been a concomitant increase in complications .One area particularly at risk is the human ear. Anatomic and physiologic features of the ear make it especially prone to injury and infection. The human ear is composed […]

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Earlobe Recovery After Gauge Piercings

by Sol Mendez
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  The enlargement or stretching of the earlobe is a custom that has been around for centuries. People have done this for a variety of reasons, ranging from religious practices to fashion trends. A recent practice among adolescents and young adults involves the stretching of the ear with large diameter piercings known as “gauges”. There […]

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Many Parents are Unaware That Their Children Are at Risk for Noise Induced Hearing Loss

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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  A recently published study has demonstrated that most parents do not think that their child is at risk for hearing loss from noise exposure.  As a result of this misperception, many parents have not taken preventative measures or discussed the risks of noise exposure with their children. One in six adolescents has high frequency […]

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Noise Trauma and Hearing loss in Teens

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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  Question: My teenage daughter is constantly listening to music using headphones.  Sometimes it is loud enough that I can even hear the music if I am standing close to her.  She is also on the phone a lot.  Recently, she has recently been complaining of hearing a high pitched ringing in her ears, especially after […]

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