Introduction Earwax, lat. cerumen, is a brownish secretion of the ceruminal glands (earwax glands) of the external auditory canal, which protects the ear from infections by having an antibacterial and antifungal effect, i.e. against fungi. Furthermore, the sometimes unpleasant smell prevents insects from entering the ear. Earwax also serves to remove dust and dead skin … Read more

Symptoms | Earwax

Symptoms A typical symptom of the earwax plug is the sudden or insidious onset of the hearing loss, usually unilateral, which often occurs after showering or manipulation in the ear canal. Depending on the nature of the earwax plug, pain may be added. Especially dry and thus hardened cerumen can injure the sensitive mucous membrane … Read more

Home remedy against earwax | Earwax

Home remedy against earwax There is a wide range of home remedies for cleaning the ears. Some of them differ greatly in their effectiveness, usefulness and safety. Ear rinsing is a proven and safe means of cleaning the auditory canal. Sometimes it is recommended to perform it with the addition of different oils. For olive … Read more

Prognosis | Earwax

Prognosis After the professional removal of the earwax, a complete restoration of the original hearing ability can usually be expected. Occasionally there are minor, painful injuries to the mucous membrane, but these usually do not require further treatment. Often, the blockage of the auditory canal by earwax is a regularly recurring problem. Unfavorable condition of … Read more

Listen to

Synonyms Hearing, ear, hearing organ, sense of hearing, sense of hearing, acoustic perception, auditory perception, Definition Hearing/human hearing is our best trained sense. This means that we are able to distinguish, for example, twice as much as we can with visual impressions: From more than 24 frames per second on, we no longer recognize individual … Read more

The sense of balance

Synonym Vestibular perception General information The sense of balance is used for orientation and to determine posture in space. Various sensory organs are necessary for orientation in space. These include the organ of equilibrium (vestibular organ), the eyes and their reflexes, and the interconnection of all stimuli in the cerebellum. Furthermore, the sense of balance … Read more

Why does a disturbance of the sense of balance lead to dizziness? | The sense of balance

Why does a disturbance of the sense of balance lead to dizziness? Dizziness is caused by contradictory information that is passed on to the brain from the various sensory organs. The sensory organs include the eyes, the two organs of equilibrium in the inner ear and the position sensors (proprioceptors) in the joints and muscles. … Read more

The auricle

Definition The auricle, also called auricula (lat. auris – ear), is the visible, shell-shaped and cartilaginous outer part of the outer ear and together with the external auditory canal forms the outer ear. Together with the middle ear, it forms the sound conducting apparatus of the human hearing organ. With its shell-like funnel shape and … Read more

The cartilage | The auricle

The cartilage The cartilaginous framework of the auricle gives it its typical shape and gives it the necessary stability, while remaining elastic and soft. These properties are due to the fact that the cartilage consists of so-called elastic cartilage. This cartilage contains a particularly large number of elastic fibers made up of elastin and fibrillin. … Read more

Itching on the auricle | The auricle

Itching on the auricle An itchy auricle can also have various reasons. One of the harmless reasons is dry and irritated skin. Furthermore, skin diseases that cause a rash can often lead to itching. An example would be neurodermatitis, where the skin barrier function is disturbed and a chronic inflammation is present. Allergic reactions are … Read more