Medical Information

Ear Function

The ear has three main sections: the outer, the middle, and the inner ear. The outer ear includes the fleshy external ear on the outside of your head and the ear canal up to the eardrum. The outer ear captures sound and slightly magnifies it in the ear canal. The magnification occurs when the sound wave is compressed in the gradually narrowing ear canal.
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Otitis Media

Otitis media is an illness characterized by inflammation of the area beyond the eardrum, or the middle ear. There are basically three types of otitis media: acute otitis media, otitis media with effusion, and chronic otitis media.
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Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer's Ear (otitis externa) is a very common and often painful infection of the outside ear canal and/or opening to the ear. Typically it is caused by bacteria or fungi that develop as a result of trapped moisture in the ear after a swim. Irritation due to chlorinated pool water and corresponding scratching of the skin in the ear canal can also be a cause.
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Surfer's Ear

Swimmer's Ear (otitis externa) is a very common and often painful infection of the outside ear canal and/or opening to the ear. Typically it is caused by bacteria or fungi that develop as a result of trapped moisture in the ear after a swim. Irritation due to chlorinated pool water and corresponding scratching of the skin in the ear canal can also be a cause.
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Hearing Loss

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is caused by damage to the inner ear due to intense or prolonged exposure to loud noises. Loud noises damage the part of the inner ear that transforms the mechanical energy to electrical energy. One can damage hearing in an instant from a gunshot or with a long, steady noise from a motorcycle or factory machine, for example.
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Sleep Disorder

A sleep disorder is a disruptive pattern of sleep that may include difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep. Noise typically affects sleep at roughly 30 decibels, or about the background noise from an air conditioner. The louder or more frequently noise occurs, the worse one's sleep will be.
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Concentration

A sleep disorder is a disruptive pattern of sleep that may include difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep. Noise typically affects sleep at roughly 30 decibels, or about the background noise from an air conditioner. The louder or more frequently noise occurs, the worse one's sleep will be.
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Noise Stress

Many studies have demonstrated the impact of noise on physical and mental well-being. One very comprehensive study by the World Health Organization looked at many potential health problems, including stress and mental and physiological problems.
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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the medical term for the noises, such as ringing, clicking, hissing, or roaring, that many people here often or all of the time. As a result they can find it difficult to hear, sleep, or work. Tinnitus is associated with hearing loss, side-effects of certain medicines, and other health problems. Loud noises, which damage the inner ear, are considered the major contributor.
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