Tag Archives: ear

What your skull bones have to do with EAR PRESSURE

Came across this today –> Recently I was reading a CT scan of the temporal bone (ear and skull) on a a nice older man with pain and pressure in the ears when flying. He has not been diagnosed with an ear infection as an adult, but gets excessive pain and pressure that seems to […]

Ear Pressure Injury & Scuba Diving

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Ear problems are some of the most common medical issues affecting scuba divers, swimmers and freedivers.  Scuba diving is an awesome sport with “professionals and amateurs but no competition”.  However as every diver knows, the issues affecting ear pressure is amongst the toughest challenges for enjoyable and successful scuba diving. When diving under water the […]

Safe Treatment for Earwax

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The role of earwax The body produces earwax (scientifically referred to as cerumen) for a number pf reasons. These include: Keeps the ear lubricated Traps dust Kills any microorganisms invading the ear canal Traps insects and other crawling things from getting to the eardrum Overall, earwax keeps the ear clean Should I have my earwax […]

Chronic Ear Pain: It’s Not All in Your Head, Part I

Chronic ear pressure, pain, or discomfort can be extremely frustrating.  This is especially true when there is no clear cause found by your doctor.  Usually this will result in treatment for an ear infection (otitis media or otitis externa) inappropriately and unsuccessfully. One of the most common causes of ear pressure is eustachian tube dysfunction […]

Q&A: Does my kid need ear tubes?

Q&A: My three year-old son gets ear infections every fall and spring.  Does he need to get ear tubes? -T. in Georgia Thanks, T.  Constantly battling with ear infections can take a toll on you as well as your child.  We place tubes usually for two separate reasons: #1 fluid behind the eardrum that does […]

The Body Odd – Why fingernails-on-a-chalkboard is the worst sound in the world

Why fingernails-on-a-chalkboard is the worst sound in the world By Melissa Dahl Screeeeeeeech. Even imagining the sound of a person’s fingernails scraping down a chalkboard is tortuous. Now, new research helps suggest why the noise is such a special kind of awful. The frequency of the screechy, scratchy sound ranges between 2000 Hz and 4000 — […]