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ENT Specialist, Head & Neck Surgeon,Bangalore
Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal

ENT Health Articles

Fluid in the Ear

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

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The animation shows the different parts of the ear :

Outer ear

Middle ear and

Inner Ear.

It shows how the normal ear functions and sound is heard by us.

When the eustachian tube is affected due to inflammation or obstruction fluid can accumulate in the middle ear. This can happen suddenly...

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Ear drum perforation- causes,symptoms,line of action

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Ear drum perforation- causes,symptoms,line of action

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

The ear drum is a thin delicate membranous structure situated deep within the ear canal and separates the outer ear canal from the delicate middle and inner ear.Due to its delicate nature the ear drum can get ruptured by various causes even a slpa on the ear can rupture the ear drum.

See Article on Ear drum-What is the ear drum?

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Ear Piercing

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Ear piercing ,nose piercing and for that matter piercing of any part of the body has to be done with the utmost care and sterile precaution.

Traditional practise in India was to get the family jeweller to pierce the baby's ear amidst much fanfare and celebration.Nowadays with awareness of the risks involved people are gravitating towards more scientific and safer approaches in ear piercing and nose piercing.

How do I decide where, ...

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Air travel -Health tips

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Air travel has its specific set of health problems and we may have heard of some of them.

The important health issues are:-

  • Ear  problems
  • Jet Lag
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis[DVT]
  • Motion Sickness

Jet lag

Jet lag is ca...

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Age and Hearing loss - Hearing loss in the Elderly

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Deafness and the Elderly

Hearing loss among the elderly is a widespread problem often compounded by feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression, and many hearing-impaired persons withdraw from society.

 The first step in overcoming a hearing impairment is learning to accept a handicap and taking steps to overcome it.

A...

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Hearing Aids

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It is a device designed to help utilize the auditory system to its fullest. Essentially the function of a hearing aid is to make everything louder. When one loses their hearing, they lose their ability to detect soft sounds. The hearing aid just makes these soft sounds loud enough to be audible. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearin...

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Tinnitus

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in ears or head in the absence of external stimuli.

How common is tinnitus?

Tinnitus affects 1/3 rd of all adults at some time in their lives. In the majority it is temporary.

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Ear Wax

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

What is ear wax?

Ear wax or cerumen as it is medically called is produced by small glands in the outer 1/3 rd of the ear canal. The ear wax traps particles and protects the ear.

 

Why does ear wax accumulate?

Ear wax is normally pushed to the outside by normal mechanisms of the body.

Common causes of ear wax accu...

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Ear buds & you

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Ear Buds and You

Ear buds[ Q tips] are not meant to be used within the ear canal though many people do not know this.

When we use ear buds we push wax deep into the ear canal and it can accumulate.

Chronic ear bud use can affect the normal ear canal lining and produce various symptoms.

Complications of ear bud use:

Ear wax accumulation- Picture shows wax cast removed ...

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Ear Care Tips

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Ear Care Tips-Tips for Healthy ears

It is so true that we don’t appreciate what we have till we lose it! Taking care of our ears doesn’t require much effort but can be rewarding in the long run. The following are some tips for healthy ears which in turn help maintain well preserved hearing and balance

1. Do not injudic...

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Causes of Hearing loss in Children

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Causes of Hearing loss in Children

There are many possible causes of hearing loss in children.

Some causes are congenital (present at birth), while others are acquired (cause of hearing loss happens sometime after birth).

Congenital causes of hearing loss include:

  • Genetic/Inherited
  • Malformation of the outer ear, or middle ear or inn...
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Normal Milestones of Hearing & Speech

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Normal Milestones in Hearing & Speech

0 - 4 months:

Stops movement or quiets in response to speech, or unfamiliar noises.

Startles to loud sounds.

Moves eyes toward sound source.

Rouses from light sleep to sudden loud noises.

Imitates gurgling or cooing sounds and show response to noise making toys.

At 3 months, the child...

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Could your Child be suffering from Hearing loss ?

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Could your Child be suffering from Hearing loss ?

Clues to see if your baby could be suffering from Hearing loss

Watch the Response To The Environment

Baby (Birth to 6 Months)

  • Does not startle, move, cry, or react in any way to unexpected loud noises
  • Does not awaken to loud noises
  • Does not freely imitate sound
  • Cannot be soothed by voice alone....
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Effectsof Hearing loss in Children

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

The importance of Hearing & the Effects of Hearing loss in children

Hearing loss in children can be present from birth [ congenital ] or develop at any time in later childhood[acquired].

Hearing is critical for:

  • Speech and language development
  • Communication
  • and Learning

How does hearing loss ...

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Is your Baby at risk for Hearing loss ?

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Is your Baby at Risk for Hearing loss ?

Your baby may be at risk for hearing loss if

During Pregnancy:

  • Mother had German measles[Rubella], viral infection
  • Mother drank alcoholic beverages.

My Newborn baby(Birth to 28 Days of Age):

  • Weighed less than 3.5 pounds at birth.
  • Had a lo...
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Treatment of Hearing loss

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Treatment of Hearing loss

Treatment of Hearing loss depends on various factors such as

Type of Hearing loss - conductive or sensorineural

Onset of Hearing loss - Sudden, Gradual or progressive

Age of the patient

Degree of Hearing loss - mild,moderate, severe or profound

Cause of Hearing loss

Treatment ranges from

Medication

Wax Removal- th...

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Hearing loss investigation

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:20 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Investigation of Hearing loss

Before Hearing loss is treated the patient has to be evaluated to find out :-

the Type of Hearing loss- whether conductive, sensorineural or mixed

Degree of Hearing loss

Cause of Hearing loss

Clinical Examination includes

Miscroscopic examination

Otoendoscopy

Otoscopy

Tuning Fork Evaluation

Inv...

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Do you have a Hearing Problem?

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Do you have a hearing problem?

If your answer to any of the following is yes you need to get yourself evaluated by a qualified ENT doctor

  • Difficulty in hearing and understanding when there is a background noise eg in a noisy envirnment , in a meeting, party, crowded palce etc
  • Trouble following conversations when 2 or more people talk at once
  • Often have dif...
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Causes of Hearing loss in Adults

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal,ENT Specialist Bangalore

 

Hearing loss can occur due to any factor which affects the outer, middle or inner ear

 

Causes of Hearing loss in Outer ear

Any condition blocking the outer ear canal can produce a conductive hearing loss. These are often completely curable causes of hearing loss

Wax- is a common cause of Hearing loss in the outer ear. Seen below is a wax cast conforming to ...

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How Do We Hear?

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal,ENT Specialist Bangalore

The ear is made of 3 parts the outer ear[includes the pinna and outer ear canal], middle ear with the 3 ossicles[ bones of hearing] and the inner ear.

Sound is collected into the ear canal by the pinna and transmitted to the ear dum which vibrates and transmits the sound to the ossicles and into the inner ear. During this passage the sound waves are amplified and finally sound signals tranformed into electrical signals and ...

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