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07 Oct
Managing Ear Wax

Managing Ear Wax

Some individuals produce more earwax than others. If, in addition, they have narrow, bendy or hairy ear canals the natural egress of wax from the ear canal can be impeded.Wearing of hearing aids can also contribut to accumulation of ear wax. The skin in the ear canal actually grows sideways from the innermost to the canal entrance. If you placed an ink dot on the ear drum you could, across time, see it migrate outwards. Europeans tend to produce oily ear wax, whereas those of asian descent have ear wax more of a dandruff type of consistency and they experience very few issues with regards accumulation.

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07 Oct
Cotton Buds and Ears Don't Mix!

Cotton Buds and Ears Don't Mix!

My mother used to say "don't put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow". Innappropriate use of cotton buds to remove earwax are notorious for doing exactly the opposite.

The human ear secretes sebum and sweat which combine with dead skin and dust to form the familiar oily earwax amongst those of European descent. Asians are more fortunated in the earwax is more flakey and causes few difficulties. 

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19 Feb
American FDA takes steps to improve Accessibility of Hearing Aids

American FDA takes steps to improve Accessibility of Hearing Aids

In an important first step the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have removed the Physician clearance requirement prior to obtaining a hearing aid. After lengthy consultation they were not satisfied retaining the Physician Clearance pathway was necessary. Press "Read More" for further Australian commentary and also take a moment to follow the link below.

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm532005.htm

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20 Feb
Misophonia Unravelled

Misophonia Unravelled

Misophonia is an emotional reaction to certain sounds that raise feelings of disgust and anger in the affected individual disproportionate those experienced by others. Sounds of chewing, nose blowing or sniffing are common sounds that affect the Misophonic. Interestingly these sames sounds emitted by children seem not to cause the same offence even though acoustically they are essentially identical. The following link to the original article may be of interest to some readers.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38842561

Misophonia is unlike Phonophobia, which is a reaction to any sound, usually during a migraine episode, that causes physical discomfort.

Scientists have discovered via brain imaging experiments that certain parts of the brain "light up" more than expected when exposed to offending sounds.

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19 Feb
Gene Therapy Restores Some hearing and Balance to Mice

Gene Therapy Restores Some hearing and Balance to Mice

Researchers have been able to partially restore hearing and balance in mice. This has been acheive by delivery gene therapy to the hair cells of the cochlear and balance organs using a modified Adeno virus. They report human application is many years away but this is an important first step.  Click "Read More" to follow the link to the original article.

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