CategoryEar/Nose/Throat Disorders

Dix-Hallpike Maneuver


The Dix-Hallpike Maneuver is a maneuver designed to help identify vertigo in patients. Specifically, it can help to diagnose a paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV – a disorder that affects the inner ear and causes spinning sensations during changes in head position. If you find yourself experiencing regular dizziness, then you can ask a friend to read the following instructions to try and help...

Is a Sinus Infection Contagious?


Viral sinus infections are generally not considered contagious but in some cases they may be and it is important to know the risks and act accordingly if you think you have the symptoms of such an infection. For starters, let’s take a look at precisely what a sinus infection is. A sinus infection, also called ‘sinusitis’, is an inflammation of the tissues that line the sinuses. This is often...

Laryngitis Home Remedies


Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx, which is caused by irritation to the vocal folds (AKA the vocal cords). This in turn is what causes us to lose our voices as a result of a cold, sore throat or infection, which can be highly frustrating whenever you’re trying to be heard at work or out with friends – even if some of your friends and family enjoy the peace and quiet… Fortunately...

Is Pharyngitis Contagious?


If you or someone you know has pharyngitis, then you may be concerned about transmission. A sore throat is not only painful but also disruptive in other ways: it prevents you sleeping for instance and can make it difficult to concentrate on work or enjoy relaxing activities. The good news though, is that pharyngitis is not contagious and can’t be ‘caught’ by your friends and family. Although...

Why Is Your Ear Ringing and Muffled?


It’s not until you lose your hearing that you realise just how frustrating it really is for people with permanently impaired hearing to get by. While you imagine it must be hard having to ask everyone to repeat themselves, what you don’t necessarily think about is how much you miss out on, how much less aware of your surroundings you’ll feel, or how much it will affect your mood. If you’ve been...

Why Do We Have Two Nostrils?


Have you ever asked yourself why you have two nostrils? If you really think about it, there is actually no need to have two nostrils at al… We have two ears because we take in sound waves directionally – this is what gives us ‘surround sound’ and allows us to hear predators creeping up on us (less so these days). Meanwhile, we have two eyes so that we can register two...

Your Sense of Smell – Does Your Morning Coffee Smell Better Than it Tastes?


If you’re at all like me, the term “Wake up and smell the coffee” isn’t an epithet you hurl at someone clueless, it’s a description of our everyday morning routine. There is really nothing quite like the scent of freshly brewed coffee. Unfortunately, especially if I have to get my coffee from a Starbucks, which true coffee lovers sneer at because they over-roast...

Can Listening to Loud Music Damage My Kids' Hearing?


If you’ve noticed that when you ask your kids to do something in the two or three days after they attend a big rock concert they don’t seem to hear you, they may not be just being adolescents and pretending not to hear you. They may actually not be able to hear you. Similarly, if you’ve ever gone to one of these concerts with them and found yourself thinking, “This music...

I Need a Hearing Aid… Will it Work With My Mobile Phone?


If you have been told by your doctor or audiologist that you have experienced some hearing loss and could benefit from a hearing aid, there is good news to go along with the bad news. Yes, it may be true that you may need to assist your fading hearing with an electronic hearing aid. But thanks to technological advances, hearing aids are not the clumsy, unsightly devices they once were. Modern...

Can Excess Ear Wax Cause Hearing Loss?


The production in our ears of the oily substance known as cerumen, or ear wax, is both a natural thing, and a beneficial one. This wax coats the inner surface of our ear canals and protects the tiny hair follicles that vibrate when sound waves touch them, and thus help us to hear. This fine coating of ear wax attracts and collects foreign particles that enter the ear, such as dirt and dust...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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