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Case Study: Ear Problems Caused by Crohn’s Disease

By Kelly Morales A ten-year-old boy suffered for several years from ear pain and drainage with associated conductive hearing loss from ear canal inflammation. Other than occasional constipation, he had no significant family history or symptoms of Crohn’s disease. He was evaluated by several doctors but received little benefit from commonly prescribed ear infection medications.…

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Cystic Fibrosis and the Hearing Loss Connection

Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, inherited disease which affects the lungs and digestive system from a defective gene and its protein produces unusually thick sticky mucus. Worldwide, 70,000 and nationwide 30,000 children and adults are affected.  Those with CF have their lungs clog which leads to life-threatening lung infections. This mucus can also obstruct the…

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Nicotine Causes Lifelong Hearing and Cognitive Problems for Children

Diana has delved through the research to provide a follow-up to a previous post on the damages of second-hand smoke that I published on this blog in October 2012. By Diana Holan “Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight.” Because nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, adequate oxygen…

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Say What? – Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders

Hearing loss isn’t just about the ear’s ability to process sound and send the signal to the brain. How the central nervous system processes the sound is a large contributor to speech perception.  The central nervous system plays an active role in working memory, language, and attention.  Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) are also referred to…

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