Find out what might be behind your throbbing, nagging ear pain.
It’s amazing how quickly an earache can affect your daily activities. In fact, there are some people who deal with pretty frequent and severe earaches. If you are dealing with an earache, then it’s time to find out what could be to blame and when you should see our Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, otolaryngologists for proper care.
Causes of an Earache
While our Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, ENT doctor often sees more children suffering from earaches then adults, this doesn’t mean that adults can’t still face this same issue at some point during their lifetime. Sometimes an earwax blockage can lead to an earache (which is often accompanied by muffled hearing). An ear infection such as otitis externa (an infection of the outer ear) could also cause you pain and discomfort. In many cases, an infection is usually the culprit.
Other causes of an earache include:
- Sore throat
- A ruptured eardrum
- A sinus infection
- TMJ disorder
- Teeth grinding
As you can see, there are some problems that actually have nothing to do with the health of your ears but can cause ear pain. So, when should you visit us for care?
If you or your little one is dealing with an earache and also displaying any of these symptoms then it’s time to head into our office as soon as possible:
- A high fever
- Severe sore throat
- Severe pain or swelling of the ear
- Loss of hearing
- Drainage coming from the ear
- Pain lasting more than three days
In many cases, people can manage their earache symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain medications which can help reduce pain and swelling. Applying a cold or warm compress to the ear can also ease discomfort; however, if you think that your pain could be due to impacted earwax it’s important that you do not try to remove the earwax yourself, as you could cause damage or make the problem worse.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania in Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, to find out whether you need medical attention or whether your earache is something you can handle on your own. Call our office today!
Don’t let hearing loss prevent you from listening to those around you.
Most people think that if they experience hearing loss they will certainly realize it right away, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, you could suddenly find other people complaining about how loud you need to turn up the television or you may find it more difficult to understand someone in a crowded restaurant; fortunately, our Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, otolaryngologists are here for you if you think you might need a hearing aid.
First thing’s first; you may need to get an evaluation from our Hershey and Camp Hill ENT doctor to find out whether you actually need to a hearing aid or not. You may need to consider a hearing aid if:
- You feel like those around you are mumbling when they talk to you
- You often have to ask people to repeat themselves
- You find it difficult to follow and stay engaged in a group conversation
- You feel like you have to actually work to hear those around you
- You have to turn up the volume on the television or radio in order to hear it
- You find yourself becoming withdrawn from social engagements
- You have difficulty hearing people when talking to them on your phone
There are many instances in which you suddenly realize that your hearing might be to blame. Don’t become completely withdrawn and secluded from those around you. Turn to us for a complete hearing assessment. If we do determine that you have hearing loss you have options. The sooner you get evaluated the better, as it can take some time to get used to your new hearing aid.
There are many kinds of hearing aids from which to choose. They offer different styles and different features to cater to everyone’s needs, lifestyles and budgets. Whether you are dealing with minor or severe hearing loss, there is a hearing aid out there that is just right for you.
If you would like to get a hearing screening then call Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania in Hershey and Camp Hill, PA, today to find out if hearing loss is causing your problems.
Study on inner ear hair cells – Noted, and fairly close by, research institution Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has announced a research project aimed at regenerating inner ear hair cells.As we all know from reading the CDC article mentioned above, the inner ear has a series of nerve endings that float in the inner ear fluid.When sound energy strikes the inner ear fluid, the fluid sloshes around and forces the hair cells at the tips of these nerve endings to vibrate rhythmically.This hair cell motion then triggers nerve activity that eventually reaches the hearing centers in the brain and is interpreted as sound.In patients with hearing loss, either from noise damage, inherited factors, or other medical factors, these hair cells break and are rendered non-functional and cannot be replaced in humans.We are born with a set amount of these cells and our bodies are unable to spontaneously grow new ones.
Neuroscientists have been toiling for years in laboratories trying to re-grow these hair cells, and they feel they are getting close. Talk about exciting developments! If they can get this to work, then we may finally have the medical therapy for nerve related hearing loss that we have been hoping for.
Johns Hopkins is now looking for volunteers that meet certain criteria to undergo treatment with a single dose of a new nerve growth factor in an attempt to make inner ear hair cell regeneration a reality. Please visit the link below to see if you may be a candidate. No need to contact AOP. You can just contact Johns Hopkins directly. Believe me when I say that this could be BIG! http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02132130
Is it an allergy or a cold? It isn’t always easy to determine if your symptoms are due to an allergy or a cold. The two share several symptoms so it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference. Although colds and allergies do have many symptoms in common, there are some key differences that can help you determine which one you are experiencing. It is important to know whether you have a cold or allergies so that you can choose the right treatment method. The doctors at Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania treat colds and allergies in Camp Hill and Harrisburg, PA.
Colds Versus Allergies
Colds and allergies have many symptoms in common. Shared symptoms include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, stuffy nose and fatigue. These shared symptoms often make it difficult to know if you have an allergy or a cold. However, there are other symptoms that are specific to each ailment that can help you determine which one you have. Additionally, a cold and allergy doctor in the Camp Hill and Harrisburg area can correctly diagnose you with one or the other and prescribe an appropriate treatment regimen.
In addition to the symptoms colds have in common with allergies, there are several other symptoms and characteristics specific to colds. If you are experiencing any of these other symptoms, you likely have a cold versus an allergy. Symptoms and characteristics associated with colds include:
- Caused by a virus
- Body Aches
- Scratchy or Sore Throat
- One to two week duration
Like colds, an allergy problem is associated with several symptoms and characteristics that do not occur in conjunction with a cold. Symptoms and characteristics associated with an allergy include:
- Caused by sensitivity to dust, pollen or pet dander
- Watery Eyes
- Itchy Eyes
- Itchy Throat
- Itchy Ears
- Symptoms can persist indefinitely
Determining whether you have an allergy or a cold is not always easy. The two share many symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose. Understanding other symptoms associated with each will help you figure out which one you have. For a diagnosis and treatment of a cold or allergy, visit Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania. For Hershey, call (717) 835-1900. For Camp Hill, call (717) 763-1400.
Could using a Q-Tip to clean your ears actually do more harm than good?
While earwax may seem rather gross, it’s actually pretty helpful in trapping dirt and other things that could get into your ears and cause injury or infection. Of course, you may use Q-tips to help clear out that earwax, a lot of people do, but you may be surprised to know that this may not be the most helpful habit for your ears. Our Harrisburg, Camp Hill and Hershey, PA otolaryngologists weigh in on whether Q-Tips are good or bad for your ear health.
Have you ever heard the saying “you shouldn’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear?” Even if you haven’t heard this until now, it’s certainly a habit to start adopting. After all, by putting a Q-tip in your ear you risk damaging or irritating the ear canal, which can lead to everything from an infection to a ruptured eardrum.
While a Q-tip might seem like it’s an efficient way to keep your ears clean, you may be surprised to hear that it’s actually more likely to push earwax deeper into the ear canal than to actually remove it. By pushing earwax further into the ear you can actually block the ear canal, which can muffle your hearing. In order to really clean out the blockage, you’ll want to turn to our Harrisburg, Camp Hill and Hershey ENT doctor for help.
So, how do you clean out your ears? Well, it might sound odd but you really don’t need to. Your ears are self-cleaning and the wax you do have is designed to protect your ear from dirt, bacteria and even bugs from getting in your ear canal and causing issues. And for those rare souls whose ears do overproduce wax, you should talk to us about coming in for professional cleanings every once in a while. This is the most effective and safest way to keep ears clean.
Associated Otolaryngologist of Pennsylvania is happy to serve those in the Harrisburg, Hershey and Camp Hill, PA area. If you are dealing with excessive earwax, we can safely and effectively remove it for you. Call us today!
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