The Mysterious Cartilaginous/Bony Ear Canal Junction

Research related to the occlusion effect (OE) suggests that the OE is minimized when contact of the ear insert (closed coupled in this case) is made with the bony ear canal1,2.  Measurements of the OE for various in-canal devices are numerous and essentially support this conclusion.  But, to what extent does the cartilaginous/bony ear canal…

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Earwax, Odor, and Anxiety – Part 2

Earwax, Odor, and Anxiety Earwax, odor, and anxiety often go hand-in-hand.  This post discusses the relationship between them. Earwax and Body Odor Earwax is the result of sweat glands, of which there are two types: eccrine and apocrine.  Eccrine sweat glands are found throughout the skin (but not in the ear canal, although a few…

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