Patient Health Information

What Is Earwax?

Cerumen (se-roo-men) or earwax is a self-cleaning agent produced in your ears with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. Earwax is not really a "wax" but a water-soluble mixture of secretions, plus hair and dead skin.

What Is Earwax?

Cerumen (se-roo-men) or earwax is a self-cleaning agent produced in your ears with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. Earwax is not really a "wax" but a water-soluble mixture of secretions, plus hair and dead skin.

Smell & Taste

Problems with these senses have a big impact on our lives. Smell and taste contribute to our enjoyment of life by stimulating a desire to eat – which not only nourishes our bodies, but also enhances our social activities.

Vocal Warmup: Put Your Best Voice Forward

It is important that you put your best voice forward. Remember that your voice is part of your appearance. Effective verbal communication depends not only on what you say, but also on how you sound.

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) t

50 Facts about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer most commonly refers to squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, throat, and voice box.

Pediatric Sinusitis

Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth.

Cochlear Implant Health: What Parents Should Know

The Importance of Vaccinations in Cochlear Implant UsersBacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the brain and the fluid that surrounds the brain.  Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening infection. Individuals who have a cochlear implant ar

Pneumococcal Vaccination to Protect Cochlear Implant Patients

Pneumococcal Vaccination is Key to Protecting Cochlear Implant PatientsCochlear implants bring sound to thousands of people with hearing loss worldwide. People with cochlear implants are at increased risk for pneumococcal meningitis.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Q&A With Dr. Barry Hirsch

Noise-Induced Hearing LossA Q & A with AAO-HNS Member Expert Barry E.