The eustachian tube (named after Italian physician Bartolomeo Eustachio) is a small passage extending from the back of the nose to the middle ear. You have one for each ear. Its function is to regulate pressure between your ear and the external environment. Ideally, the pressure is balanced. The eustachian tube opens when you swallow or yawn in order to equalize pressure. The other function is to allow any fluid that has accumulated in the middle ear to drain into the back of the nose. At rest, it remains closed to prevent reflux (back-flow) from the nose into the middle ear space.Continue reading Under pressure: Tiny tubes can cause big discomfort
Hearing-impaired singer wins top prize
Season 16 of The Voice has a winner, and her story might surprise you. Marlyn Jarmon, 26 of Frisco, TX blew everyone away with her performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the season finale. But her heavenly voice and pitch is even more spectacular when you consider that Marlyn is hearing impaired.
You may have heard the recent story of a woman from Xiamen, China, who woke up one morning recently to find that she could not hear her boyfriend’s voice. In fact, she couldn’t hear any male voice—her ears suddenly could only register frequencies that were at a woman’s average pitch or higher. “Talk about selective hearing!” says Dr. Brittany Beeg, an audiologist at Chicago ENT. “What a funny world we would live in if
December is Safe Toys and Gift Month
Preparing for the holiday’s can be stressful. Sending out greetings cards, baking, cooking, observing religious traditions, and purchasing gifts for loved ones can add up. In the midst of all holiday to-do’s; it is important to add children safety to the top of the list. Continue reading Are Your Child’s Toys Dangerous?
What Can Be Causing This Disturbance?
Treating balance disorders can be challenging in patients of any age group however, diagnosing and treating inner ear disorders (commonly known as vertigo) in older patients can be particularly complicated. Continue reading Elderly People Suffering from Vertigo
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease, which means it can affect many people in many ways. At Chicago Hearing Associates, we want all our patients to be informed about possible symptoms of hearing loss, types of hearing loss and treatment options.
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Ear infections can affect adults but are much more common in children. The medical term for an ear infection is otitis media or inflammation of the middle ear. The middle ear is the small part of the ear behind the eardrum. Germs from the nose and throat can get trapped and cause fluid to build up behind the ear thus causing an ear infection. Continue reading What’s Ear-ritating your family?