The Ear: What Our Hearing Can do

The philosopher Immanuel Kant is reputed to have said, “Not being able to see separates from things. Not being able to hear separates from man.” He valued hearing as a social sense, perhaps more important than sight. Our modern world is very much dominated by visual stimuli. Therefore, the importance of hearing and also the … Read more

Throat, Nose and Ears

When there is a disease of the throat, nose or ears, the three body parts are usually treated together. This is due to the many connections that exist between these important organs. What is the structure and function of the ear, nose and throat, what diseases are common and how are they diagnosed and treated … Read more

Help for Nasal Spray Addiction

When the nose is blocked, nasal sprays help to breathe and thus provide quick relief from acute rhinitis. But if used regularly for too long, there is a risk of nasal spray addiction: The nasal mucosa becomes accustomed to the active ingredient and the spray must be used more frequently to achieve the desired effect. … Read more

Nosebleeds Causes

For nosebleeds, the first thing to do is to stay calm – it usually looks worse than it is. The affected person should bend his head slightly forward while sitting or standing, preferably over a sink, and press the nostrils together with thumb and forefinger for several minutes. What you can also do to stop … Read more

Sinusitis (Inflammation of the Paranasal Sinuses)

Typical symptoms of sinusitis include persistent rhinitis, difficulty breathing through the nose, pressure and tapping pain in the cheek, forehead and eye area, and increased secretions in the nose and throat. These symptoms can vary depending on whether the sinusitis is acute or chronic. What does sinusitis feel like? What can be done about sinusitis? … Read more

Paranasal Sinusitis (Sinusitis): Treatment

An acute sinusitis must always be cured, otherwise it can become chronic. Medication is not always necessary for treatment – often home remedies can also help. Learn more about the duration, therapy and prevention of sinusitis here. How long does sinusitis last? The duration of acute sinusitis is usually 8 to 14 days with proper … Read more

Badeotitis: Danger from Water in the Ear

The sun is shining and we people are again looking for the proximity of the water – it beckons the bathing lakes and the sea. But beware: bathing water can get into the ear and cause bathotitis. “Badeotitis” is the name of an inflammation of the external auditory canal that occurs more frequently in summer, … Read more

The Ear: Why Conductors Hear Better

The sensory organ ear functions before birth and maintains its function the longest in the dying. The ear is important for our social life – we perceive sounds, tones and noises through our hearing. The ear is the most delicate and active sensory organ in humans, even responding to acoustic signals during sleep. Conductors hear … Read more

Otosclerosis: Or something else? Differential Diagnosis

Congenital malformations, deformities, and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99). Genetically determined forms of hearing loss. Auditory canal stenosis (narrowing)/atresia of the auditory canal (nonunion of the auditory canal). Malformations of the ear, unspecified Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) – genetic diseases with autosomal dominant inheritance, more rarely autosomal recessive inheritance; 7 types of osteogenesis imperfecta are differentiated; the main … Read more

Otosclerosis: Examination

A comprehensive clinical examination is the basis for selecting further diagnostic steps: General physical examination – including blood pressure, pulse, body weight, height. ENT medical examination – including inspection of the external ear and auditory canal. Otoscopy (ear examination): usually unremarkable, if necessary, the active reddish otosclerosis focus (as a so-called Schwartz sign; hyperemia (increased … Read more