From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Should you clean earwax out of your ear or not? Find out why digging deep into your ears is a no no.

The 4 Most Common Problems Affecting the Ears

Maybe you hit the water the wrong way when diving off the side of the pool, and you’re now having pain in your ear. Perhaps you’re frustrated by ear infections that seem to happen constantly. These are a few of the common problems that can affect your ears and, in extreme cases, may even place your hearing at risk. 

We’ll take a look at some of the most common ear problems, how they’re treated and what to do if you are experiencing them. 

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Three Ways to Know if You Need a Hearing Test

A Friday night dinner with friends is a time for good food and great conversation--but if you have difficulty understanding what they’re saying, an engaging evening out becomes a frustrating challenge. If you consistently have trouble hearing when in groups or noisy environments, it may be time for a hearing test. Hearing loss is incredibly common. Following are three ways to know if you need a test.

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Earwax: What's the Scoop?

It's a disgusting, gooey substance that builds up in the ear, creating a nasty yellow-brown clump. Earwax is considered gross and unappealing, so everyone makes an effort to keep ears clean. Most of the time, this involves a cotton "Q-tip"-type applicator. But did you know that ear, nose and throat doctors usually advise against using this method? Using cotton swabs could put your hearing at risk. Find out more about earwax, and how it can actually help you.


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