Entries by misty

Middle Ear Infection (Chronic Otitis Media) and Hearing Loss

What is otitis media? Otitis media refers to inflammation of the middle ear. When infection occurs, the condition is called “acute otitis media”. Acute otitis media occurs when a cold, allergy, or upper respiratory infection, and the presence of bacteria or viruses lead to the accumulation of pus and mucus behind the eardrum, blocking the […]

Earaches and Otitis Media

Otitis media means “inflammation of the middle ear”, as a result of a middle ear infection. It can occur in one or both ears. Otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis for children who visit physicians for illness. It is also the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Although otitis media is most […]

Dizziness and Motion Sickness

Feeling unsteady or dizzy can be caused by many factors such as poor circulation, inner ear disease, medication usage, injury, infection, allergies and/or neurological disease. Dizziness is treatable, but it is important for your doctor to help you determine the cause so that the correct treatment is implemented. While each person will be affected differently, […]

Conductive Hearing Loss: Causes and Treatments

How does the ear hear sounds? The ear can be divided into three parts: 1) the external ear includes the pinna (outer, visible ear) and the ear canal, 2) the middle ear includes the tympanic membrane (ear drum) and the ossicles (middle ear bones), 3) the inner ear, which includes the cochlea (organ of hearing) […]

En Español: Colesteatoma

Un crecimiento anormal de piel en el oído medio detrás de la membrana del tímpano es un colesteatoma. Infecciones repetidas y/o una bolsa de retracción de la membrana timpánica pueden causar que la piel se engrose y forme un saco de expansión. Los colesteatomas generalmente se desarrollan como quistes o bolsas que descaman capas de […]


An abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum is called cholesteatoma. Repeated infections and/or a tear or pulling inward of the eardrum can allow skin into the middle ear. Cholesteatomas often develop as cysts or pouches that shed layers of old skin, which build up inside the middle ear. Over time, the […]

Ear Infection and Vaccines

Researchers continue to look for help for children and parents of children who suffer from the most common type of ear infection, called middle ear infection or otitis media (OM). About 62 percent of children in developed countries will have their first episode of OM by the age of one, more than 80 percent by […]

Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination

What You Should Know Children with cochlear implants are more likely to get bacterial meningitis than children without cochlear implants. In addition, some children who are candidates for cochlear implants have inner ear anatomic abnormalities that may increase their risk for meningitis. Because children with cochlear implants are at increased risk for pneumococcal meningitis, the […]

En Español: Screening de Audición en Niños

¿Por que la detección temprana de la hipoacusia es importante para su hijo? Aproximadamente dos a cuatro de cada 1000 niños en los Estados Unidos nacen sordos o hipoacúsicos, haciendo de la pérdida auditiva la alteración más común al nacimiento. Muchos estudios han mostrado que el diagnóstico temprano de la hipoacusia es crucial para el […]

Child Hearing Screening

Why is Early Childhood Hearing Screening Important for Your Child? Approximately two to four of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, making hearing loss the most common birth disorder. Many studies have shown that early diagnosis of hearing loss is crucial to the development of speech, language, cognitive and […]