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Questions and Answers on Hearing Problems

Hearing loss is the total or partial inability to hear sound in one or both ears.  There are many causes of hearing loss – genetic, congenital, infectious, traumatic, toxic, occupational and age-related.  They can be divided into two main categories: conductive and sensorineural.  Conductive hearing loss (CHL) occurs because of some mechanical problem in the external or middle ear.  Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) results from a dysfunction of the inner ear.  CHL is often reversible, but SNHL is not.  People who have both forms of hearing loss are said to have mixed hearing loss.

06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Question I've been diagnosed with something called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. I get dizzy when I lean my head back too far. I'm male, 70, and in good health, otherwise. Read more

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06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

Ringing in the ears - Tinnitus

Question I am a middle-aged diabetic. Sometimes when I fall asleep in a chair I will awake suddenly with a horrible ringing in my ears that almost makes me deaf. It goes away with time, but sometimes it lasts for hours. Is this something serious? It doesn't happen when I sleep lying down in bed. Read more

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09/30/2003 - Questions and Answers

Treating ear infections

Can drinking cranberry juice be used as a possible prevention or treatment for ear infections? Also, I wonder what the effects - short and long term - may be from using hydrogen peroxide to 'bubble' germs out of the ears? Read more

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