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A patient best relates his or her medical experiences to another patient. We invite you to share your experiences about ear related problems if you think it might help others.
ear surgery
  Sent by deepika (hyderbad) , 23 July 2011
  hi everyone! my name is deepika and iam 24yrs old,am working in mnc company as a software i faced problem with my clients as iam unable to hear the sounds,and i losed my confidence levels
due to hearing problems..
today am sharing my surgery experience with you on i experienced with my hearing loss surgery..
6 months ago i suffered severe pain from my left ear and some pus is discharged from my ear,and i faced heavy hearing loss
that i cant even heard some,that one day me and my mom went to hospital, consulted ent surgeon dr.anuradha from micro institute of ent
in hyderabad..
she diagnosed me with ct scan and otoscopy ,audiometry exams on that day.then the doctor noticed that
i had ruptured ear drum with infected mastoid bone..and she advised me to undergo tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy surgery as much as possible
but i very scared of my surgery that my doctor kept me in observation as she prescribed me to use antibiotics for 1 month..
i had taken antibiotics for 2 months but still my problem existed,so again i consulted dr.anuradha..she finally told that its time to
undergo surgery as if u want to get your hearing back...
so ,finally with doctor opinion and my mom suggestion, i prepared for my surgery..dr.anuradha given surgery date 24th april 2011..
as i again reconsulted my surgeon ,she explained the surgery that time i was very cool and confident to undergo surgery..

as the day came 23rd april..i was admitted in hospital..the doctor again re examined me and prepared me for my surgery..that night i was
stayed in hospital with my mom...on the next day morning..its my surgery of the nurse came and given my surgery dress,i weard
surgery dress and sitted calmly...its timed morning 8:30 as the surgery is going to start at 10am..
dr.shwetha (anesthesist) came and explained the procedure,and she inserted iv to me ,as i sedated for a time..then Dr.anuradha came and
taken me to surgery i was very scared of surgery as i seen tears from my mom eyes....
i entered in to surgery room ,there ,i was much scared after seeing the knives and scissors which were going to be operate on me..
Dr.shwetha given anesthesia and kept mask upon me,before that my ear was tightly fitted with clothes under i cant seen
anything that time i was totally sedated but i heared some drilling i felt the surgeon is incisioned my ear....
i was totally slept asleep 1:00pm i was awaked as the surgeons are dressing ear ..
on that night i felt very bad with my ear due to pain...
after 3days the doctor removed striches from ear..and i went audiometry exam..again its fine my hearing was fine and no
pus is discharged from 28th i was discharged from hospital and i again back to my work....
in this my experience i was very thankful to dr.anuradha and dr shwetha who treated me with carefull heart....
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Ringing sound in ear
  Sent by Manpreet (Delhi) , 03 August 2010
  I have observed that when I hear to songs on my mobile, after an hour, I hear ringing sounds in my ears. This goes on for long. I have been using ear phones for listening to music for the last one year. But ringing sound problem has started just a month back.
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cochlear implant and speech therapy
  Sent by rajeshwar jamwal (J&K) , 28 January 2009
  my naphew is 10 yrs old...hes had a cochlear implant 3 yrs back. Hes had few months of speech therapy..but due to financial situation of his father , it was cut short. A month back , his co brother died in a road accident , leaving the kid and a hapless mother with a little fianacial security. I have taken the reponsibility of the kid...but do not have any knowledge in this help me out. I am worried about three things..speech therapy, education & some vocational training.
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    , 05 March 2009
  You are only as old as you feel. If you are 50 but feel like youre 70, it is all your own doing. Conversely, if you are seventy, but feel young and fit, so be it. Attitude is the key. A cheerful disposition will go a long way. It will help you fight every step of the way. Of course, its only natural, that our bodies will grow old. That does not mean we should feel and act old before our time. Its bad enough that certain degenerative diseases and infectious diseases flourish when your body is run down. The greatest loss is however, that feeling of youthfulness. Of free, easy movement and boundless energy.

If you eat properly, you will feel a lot better, because your continued good health, depends on good nutrition. If you combine good eating habits with some interesting leisure and exercise activities, youll enjoy it too!

What you can do in your 50s, you should be able to do at 70, if you keep yourself fit and well. Chronological, time cannot be turned back, but physiological time can! It is possible to be "physically" younger one year from now, than you are today.

As you grow older, you generally become less active, and need less energy giving food. Try and reduce your intake of less nutritious forms of energy, like biscuits, fried foods, confectionery and fatty foods. Starches and fibres are complex carbohydrates, whereas sugars are simple carbohydrates. Sweet biscuits, sugary drinks give little by way of nutrition.

A good supply of protein is needed to help maintain muscle strength and repair damaged tissues. However, compared to young children, protein needs fall as you gain in years. Fats are concentrated energy. Recently, high intake of fatty foods have been implicated as causative agents for many types of cancer. Breast cancer, for example, is more common in females who have a high intake of fatty foods. Fats and cholesterol are also risk factors for heart disease.

Calcium, Iron and Zinc deserve special mention, because they are often eaten in inadequate quantities. Calcium is needed to maintain bone and teeth strength, nerve impulses and muscle activity. Women are particularly vulnerable to calcium deficiency, because of the changes in the bone that follow menopause. If your dietary calcium is inadequate, you could get a condition known as osteoporosis - bone thinning. Colocasia (patra) leaves, milk and milk products, yoghurt, mustard leaves, figs, spinach and cottage cheese (paneer) are good sources of calcium.

Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, and the associated symptoms of tiredness, palpitations in the chest and loss of appetite. To increase the absorption of iron, have more foods containing vitamin C, along with the meal. Good sources of iron are: Colocasia (patra) leaves, whole-wheat chappattis (cooked on an iron skillet), mustard leaves, bengal gram, chick peas (chola), udad, moong dal, bajra flour and beans.

Zinc is needed by the body in small amounts to assist in the utilisation of some other nutrients. Nuts, whole wheat flour, beans, peas, spinach, figs and apricots are rich in zinc.
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  Sent by dr sarvjeet singh (rampur) , 16 February 2009
  u can get information about all type ears problem
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not hearing from left ear
  Sent by Rajesh Kumar (Bareilly) , 10 May 2009
  i sleep in night one side (left side) my left arm under my ear all the night, when i wakeup at 7:00 am in the morning i can not hear from left ear, please tell about this, i am worried i can not hear from left ear...reply is awaited thanks...
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Perforated Ear Drum
  Sent by Pushpa (Hyderabad) , 20 April 2009
  My ear drum got perforated due to a loud sound from the Deepavali fire-cracker. The doctor advised me to put 2 or 3 drops of liquid paraffin (given by doctors orally for constipation) into the ear and put cotton into the ear all through the day and night. To be safe I am putting this oil into both my ears and putting cotton into them.
How long does it take for the eardrum to get completely heal? The doctor said it takes several months. Would someone please share your experience?
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    , 05 March 2009
  Cholesterol is essential to the human body in small amounts for the manufacture of hormones. However, a high level of blood cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels in the blood while unsaturated fats help lower it.

Adopt a diet with total dietary fat intake of less than 30% of total calories, with less than 10% calories from saturated fats, limit polyunsaturated fat intake to less than 10% of calories and limit daily cholesterol intake to less than 250 to 300mg. (This does not apply to children less than 2 years).

Choose foods relatively low in fat and cholesterol such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and low fat dairy products.

Fats can change in nature when heated and so avoid using the same repeatedly. Use cooking methods that add little fat to the recipe, like grilling, baking, poaching, instead of frying.

Caution! All fats are high in calories. All fats whether from vegetable oil, ghee, butter, animal fat contain the same calories per gram. Fats derived from animal sources such as dairy products, egg yolks and meat contain. Fats derived from vegetable sources do not contain cholesterol.

1. Reducing dietary fat is essential for good health.
Its link with a multitude of problems is a major reason for reducing total fat intake to less than 30% of total calories. This reduction need not occur over-night. Gradual transition is essential to assist the diet pattern to be altered slowly yet permanently.

2. Clear your ideas on fats and cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance which has a number of important roles in the body. Cholesterol is not an essential nutrient; our bodies make all the cholesterol we need. It is present in all animal tissues and is found in all foods of animal origin - eggs, meat, poultry, fish and dairy produce. It is, however, totally absent from plant foods. Cholesterol is carried through the blood linked to proteins called lipoproteins. Low density lipoproteins (LDLs) transport most of the cholesterol and deliver it to the cells in the body. When the diet contains large amounts of saturated fats, the liver correspondingly produces large amounts of LDLs, that is the so-called "bad" cholesterol, which contributes to the build up of cholesterol in the body.

High density lipoproteins (HDLs) carry a smaller amount of cholesterol. They transport it to the liver where it is excreted into the intestine in the form of bile. HDLs are considered to be the desirable lipoproteins to have and are the so-called "good" cholesterols.

For the standpoint of heart health, all fats and oils are not equal - some are more heart healthy than others.
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  Sent by Abhishek (London) , 20 October 2008
am facing the same prob;em. Can u tell me the solution apart from not using earphone.
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  Sent by Pree (California,US) , 22 March 2009
  Please test for cancer. My friend was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of ear and mastoid after her mastoidectomy and chronic infection in ear.
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