• Secretion Secrets: Things You Didn't Know About Earwax

    Earwax, known technically as cerumen, is produced by glands in your ear canal. Made up mostly of dead skin cells, earwax also contains other substances, including lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme, fatty acids, alcohols, cholesterol, and squalene.1 In fact, earwax isn't "wax" at all; it's a mixture of water-soluble secretions. And although you probably don't give your earwax much thought, it actually represents one of your body's most ingenious protective mechanisms. Earwax isn't simply a hygienic nuisance… far from it. Earwax Benefits: Why Your Ears Need Wax Your ears produce earwax constantly so that, ideally, you'll maintain just the right amount in your ear canals. Unless you have an earwax blockage, which I'll discuss below, it's Read More
  • Concert-Goers: 3 Ways to Protect Your Hearing (And Still Enjoy Music)

    I spend about 75% of my waking hours listening to music. I have my headphones in as I walk to work, I play music in my office and spend many nights out at shows in venues that range from small basements to giant amphitheaters. Recently, I started wondering how my fan-dom was actually affecting my hearing. In the past, I’ve worn basic foam earplugs when I remembered to bring them (which, honestly was only about 50% of the time) but they sometimes muffled the sound to the point where I ended up taking them out. What’s the safest way to listen to music without ruining it? To get some answers, I visited Audiologist Dominick Servedio. Read More
  • How to Protect Baby's Hearing

    Little ears need lots of attention. Here's how to make sure your baby's hearing is on track. Just after birth, your baby's ears should be in almost perfect working order. But in some cases they're not, and that's why experts say we should listen up from the very beginning. If your baby has undiagnosed hearing loss, it can trip up his speech development and lead to later struggles in school if, for example, he can't hear a teacher's voice above the buzz of classroom activity. Learn more about spotting problems and helping your baby's hearing. Parents of deaf newborns rarely realize their babies are at risk. Daniel Knowsley's parents were told not to worry when Read More
  • Top 10 Things You Need Before Buying hearing Aids

    Have you finally decided it's time to stop missing out on the important sounds of your life and take action to correct your hearing loss? That's great! According to the Hearing Review, people with hearing loss wait an average of seven years to get help. That's a lot of missed punch lines, important details in business meetings, sweet sentiments from a loved one, cheerful bird songs and laughter from grandkids. Top 10 things you need before buying hearing aids: Hearing test - The first thing you need is a thorough evaluation from a qualified hearing healthcare professional, like those listed our consumer-reviewed directory. The test is easy, painless and it may cost you nothing more than Read More
  • It's Not Your Fault You Have Hearing Loss

    Here’s some good news for those of us who have a hard time owning responsibility for our hearing loss -- there’s a calendar day on which it’s perfectly acceptable to blame someone else for our problem. The first Friday the 13th of every year is Blame Someone Else Day -- a 24-hour pass during which we can point the finger at family members, inanimate objects and society in general as the cause for our befuddled hearing. What? You don’t how to pass the buck? Please -- allow me…. You’re mumbling Yes, your teenage grandson really should stop looking at his smart phone and lift his head before he answers your question and, yes, it would be advantageous if Read More
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