The warm weather is upon us. School is letting out and spending time in the water is just one of the perks of summertime.

The downfall of spending all day in the pool or ocean – water in your ears.  Typically it drains by itself, but if the water decides it wants to hang around, you could find yourself with an infection called swimmer’s ear.

Marked by redness, itchiness, swelling,  and pain when pressure is placed on the ear. It’s easily treated with antibacterial ear drops. However, it’s also easily preventable.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’t’s from the Centers for Disease Control to help you avoid swimmer’s ear this summer.

To help spread the word about its hearing impaired customer support center, Samsung Turkey, and the Leo Burnett advertising firm arranged for a neighborhood in Istanbul to secretly learn sign language for deaf resident Muharrem.

In the video, Muharrem’s expecting to have an ordinary day. But, as he goes about his business, he notices that every person interacting with him is using sign language. As his confusion grows, one of his neighbors reveals the surprise.

The production crew and Muharrem’s sister, Ozlem, spent several weeks holding sign language classes and placing hidden cameras around the city to catch his surprise. To see all the result of their hard work, watch the video below.

For years, ear candles have been considered a holistic way to remove excess earwax, and a form of relaxation therapy. Although there are people who swear by it, below is a list of seven reasons why you should NOT use candling as a treatment method for excess wax or ear pain.

Chickens may have provided scientists with a glimpse into hearing loss.

 

For ten days, researchers exposed chickens to an antibiotic known to cause hearing loss. Over time, the chickens lost the tiny hair cells that are crucial to hearing, but three weeks later, something amazing happened.

 

Upon re-checking the chickens, nearly all the hair cells in their ears had grown back. The cells that facilitate hearing have the ability to regenerate in some animals. Although re-growth has yet to be successfully seen in mammals, current trials have partially restored hair cells and hearing in mice.

 

Years from now, that research could potentially cure hearing loss in humans.

 

Until then, let Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida take care of your hearing loss. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Not only is hearing loss linked to fatal illnesses such as heart and kidney disease, it also contributes to the onset of psychological disorders, including dementia and depression. And now there’s another negative to add to that list.

Research by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging revealed that hearing loss increases the likelihood of falls, which can lead to bodily harm.

According to the CDC, "In 2000, the direct medical cost of fatal fall injuries totaled $179 million. On average, the hospitalization cost for each fall injury is $18,000." Untreated hearing loss costs millions each year, and falls add to these rising costs.

Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of falling.

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