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Foreign Body in External Ear Canal: An Unusual Cause of Chronic Cough

Many cases of earwax impaction (or foreign body presence) and the relationship to chronic cough may go unrecognized. The routine incorporation of examination of the external auditory canal in patients with chronic cough may reveal a number of patients with impacted earwax.1 The literature suggests that 2% to 6% of the general population have impacted earwax.1 Patients […]

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Hypertension, Diuretic Use, and Risk of Hearing Loss

Background Hearing loss is highly prevalent among adults in the United States. Hypertension also is common and often treated with diuretics. Hypertension may increase the risk of hearing loss by decreasing vascular supply to the stria vascularis. Use of thiazides has been anecdotally associated with hearing loss. In small studies, furosemide use has been associated […]

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Personal Sound Amplifiers & Hearing Loss (video)

Two-thirds of Americans over 70 have some hearing loss, but only one third have hearing aids, which cost $1000s and are not covered by Medicare. Hearing loss leads to isolation and social withdrawal. In this interview, Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in chief of the American Journal of Medicine, talks about the utility of personal sound […]

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