With a beam of light, an otoscope allows a clinician to examine the ear canal and eardrum.
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With mask-wearing and kids out of school last winter, viral upper respiratory infections decreased. However, clinicians have seen a return of respiratory viruses this summer and ear infections are up too.
Ear infections are no fun. The OSTRICH clinical trial looked at whether oral steroid medications might help.
Clinical trials can assess impact of a medication on a disease. The ideal design is ‘blind’ – when the researchers and participants do not know who is assigned to the different treatments.
For some children, ear infections will become a persistent problem.
Middle ear infections (otitis media) are a common and often painful condition that
most children will experience at least once in their first year.
Should children with reading difficulties get their hearing checked?
Hearing can be affected by loud noises, but the mechanisms have not been fully understood. The auditory nerve plays a big role.
Noise is common, but we don’t fully know what that means for our hearing. A recent study suggests how overstimulation of the auditory nerve may be too much for it to handle.