Making Decisions Together
I love working with kids. It’s one of the reasons I got into this gig, and it makes the day fun. Now having kids of my own, I identify more and more with the parents bringing their kids in for...
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The Whole Ball of Wax: A Longer Than Normal Post About Your Cerumen
“But what do I do with my ear wax?” says the man in my chair, a fully grown man who has lodged 6 successive Q-tips in his ear. It’s an impressive feat—a record even—and I have to give him respect....
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Doctoring and Hearing Loss
In treating hearing loss, I’ve found there’s a particular tendency–especially in men losing their hearing in late middle age–for patients to attempt to dominate the conversation. Trying to put myself in their place, questions seem dangerous, silence uncertain. Loss...
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Tonsillectomy: Tonsilloliths, Pandas, and Other Great Band Names
I can’t tell you how many times people at parties find out that I’m an ENT and have me look at their tonsils. I can’t tell you because you’re already bored. (Look at you, already thinking about checking Facebook. Maybe...
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Eustachian Tubes: Time to Pop
This topic is a bit related to the ear tubes topic, and I think it’s worth covering because I get all kinds of weird depictions of how Eustachian tubes work from patients. I’ve gotten everything from a mysterious “channel that...
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Gimme the Ear Tubes
In trying to sort out what to do with this blog and how it could be useful, I asked around among my friends what sort of topics could be useful. “TUBES!!!” shouted the horde of crying, exhausted mothers. “OK, I...
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