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Can hearing aids be recycled? Aunt doesn't like her expensive one

Can hearing aids be recycled? Aunt doesn't like her expensive one

Ask doctor.: Ask your doctor, her doctor, or a local free health clinic if they can use/recycle the hearing aid. I would bet that a free/low cost clinic would be happy to have her donate it. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Epilepsy has made me totaly deaf and e.N.T won't give me hearing aids as they won't work as it's to do with the brain would a cochlear implant work?

Epilepsy has made me totaly deaf and e.N.T won't give me hearing aids as they won't work as it's to do with the brain would a cochlear implant work?

Depends: It really depends on the level of hearing loss and the specifics of your audiogram. If you are profoundly deaf, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Some people who can't benefit from cochlear implants, can get a brainstem implant. You need to see a neurotolologist, a sub-specialist of the ENT field. ...Read more

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My mother is 70 yrs old, she had a stroke 3yrs ago, sometimes she cool but sometimes @ night her legs an feet go numb. Like poor curculation in them an it gets painful. Is there anything she can do for that? Prob nerves are damaged from the stroke

My mother is 70 yrs old, she had a stroke 3yrs ago, sometimes she cool but sometimes @ night her legs an feet go numb. Like poor curculation in them an it gets painful. Is there anything she can do for that? Prob nerves are damaged from the stroke

Agree: Stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, can cause localized nerve anoxia (loss of oxygen) to the tissues. This can cause immediate nerve palsy/dysfunction that can mimic a neuropathy, or actually neuropathy itself. Discuss the findings/symptoms with her neurologist (if you are able to) and discuss available treatments. Physical therapy is still the mainstay treatment with low dose of gabapentin. ...Read more

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17 months many ear infections now dr says ''ear drum looks ready to burst.' too many drugs already loves to swim tubes? Problems with? Alternatives?

17 months
many ear infections 
now dr says ''ear drum looks ready to burst.'
too many drugs already
loves to swim
tubes? Problems with?
Alternatives?

Consider tubes: Ear tubes (tympanostomy tubes) may be a good option for you. Tube insertion usually requires about ten minutes of general anesthesia and is done as an outpatient procedure. Risks are low but do include ear drainage and a hole in the eardrum (which can be patched. Of course, ear infections themselves can cause holes). I allow the children i operate on to swim, i prefer them to wear ear plugs. ...Read more

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My friend believes she has a urinary tract infections. Her parents may not be buying her antibiotics cuz they are expensive. What can she do?

My friend believes she has a urinary tract infections. Her parents may not be buying her antibiotics cuz they are expensive. What can she do?

Not expensive: Walmart ; other stores have $4 prescriptions, including many antibiotics. No excuse for non-treattment. Unfortunately no reliable alternative treatments. ...Read more

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My cousin is on dialysis 3xweek. He also has an energy therapy with someone else who charges a lot n promised him he'll become well very soon. Quack?

My cousin is on dialysis 3xweek. He also has an energy therapy with someone else who charges a lot n promised him he'll become well very soon. Quack?

I am skeptic: He will never be able to stop dialysis . People with end stage kidney disease on dialysis can maintain z relatively normal life , but will stay on dialysis . Personally i don't believe it, but the positive feedback may help them feel better ...Read more

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Older man wanders. Sometimes I can't control and he gets in an neighbor garden patch. They don't mind. Is it ok?

Older man wanders. Sometimes I can't control and he gets in an neighbor garden patch. They don't mind. Is it ok?

Safety first: If he just wanders calmly & isn't putting himself or anyone else in danger (getting agitated/combative, wandering into road or traffic, etc) he will probably do better at home in a familiar environment getting care from people who know him well & love him. But, if he is putting himself or others in harm's way, even if its unintentional, he may need more help. A geriatrician can help guide options. ...Read more

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My son is 3yrs old but cant talk.he can read some phrase but wont used it.has his own routine.has a sharp memory can memorize countries,numbers,shapes,alphabets etc.he wont eat anything but milk.he shouts if things he wants is not given.what could be the

My son is 3yrs old but cant talk.he can read some phrase but wont used it.has his own routine.has a sharp memory can memorize countries,numbers,shapes,alphabets etc.he wont eat anything but milk.he shouts if things he wants is not given.what could be the

Needs further eval: You need to have your son seen by primary care doctor for complete evaluation and then get referrals for specialists that can address the specific needs of your son. His hearing will need to be check and then likely referral to nutritionist, speech therapy, etc. ...Read more

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Sophie has a water bubble in her ear, and she can't seem to get it out. She claims it may be from swimming. Home remedies aren't helping.

Sophie has a water bubble in her ear, and she can't seem to get it out. She claims it may be from swimming. Home remedies aren't helping.

Tip: 1. DO NOT use a cotton swab to dry the ear. 2. Tilt head to the side with the plugged ear. 3 Pull ear lobe downward to allow the water to drain out. 4 Hold a blow-dryer a few inches from plugged ear to dry ear. ...Read more

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Hearing problem, 6 yr old. My 6 year old is always complaining he can't hear. He blares the tv, ect. He has in the past, passed more than one hearing test (he's done the ones where they make the toys in the room make noise and he turns to them, ect) he ha

Hearing problem, 6 yr old. My 6 year old is always complaining he can't hear. He blares the tv, ect. He has in the past, passed more than one hearing test (he's done the ones where they make the toys in the room make noise and he turns to them, ect) he ha

A : A new hearing test would not be unheard of. Central auditory processing disorder is rare, but becoming more common as we learn more about it. For diagnosis, you will have to bring him to a doctor and audiologist that have knowledge in it, know how to definitively diagnose it, and then treat it. It may be beneficial to take your son to cincinnati children's hospital. ...Read more

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My friend has AIDS how can AIDS be transmitted And if she kisses me in my cheek ( to say hi ) would I get AIDS too ?

My friend has AIDS how can AIDS be transmitted And if she kisses me in my cheek ( to say hi ) would I get AIDS too ?

No risk, no worry: You CANNOT catch AIDS by such contact. You can hug, hiss, give back rubs, or any other sort of friendly contact you like. If you and she aren't having sex, the virus cannot be transmitted. (And even sex, between women, would probably be no risk.) Be as loving and caring as your instincts and friendship dictate. She needs your friendship and support -- don't hesitate; you will not be at risk. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get the cochlear implants if 100% deaf in both ears and don't usually wear hearing aids everyday?

Please tell me, could i get the cochlear implants if 100% deaf in both ears and don't usually wear hearing aids everyday?

Depends: If you had hearing when younger, or used hearing aids in the past, you may be good candidate to consider cochlear implant. See ENT doctor for further testing ...Read more

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Is MRSA spread through saliva after treatment? Mom said not to share food with friend that had it in 2012, she works in medical, & says i will get it.

Not a risk: There should not be a risk of illness for contact with someone who was treated for MRSA in past, if they are not showing signs of illness now. The bacteria in mrsa, "staph" is usually spread by skin to skin contact, especially with a wound or other infected area. ...Read more

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In your experience, do certain hearing aids work better than others? My dad has one in each ear and still can't hear.

In your experience, do certain hearing aids work better than others? My dad has one in each ear and still can't hear.

Hearing aid issue: There are two main issues when people lose their hearing 1) trouble hearing and 2) trouble understanding. People with long term hearing loss often have trouble understanding due to changes in the auditory pathway. If your father has had a long term loss and his understanding is poor then hearing aids may not help right away. Just because things are louder doesn't mean they are understood better. ...Read more

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My 80 yr husband has multiple myeloma. He won't eat. Can walk, but lies in bed or couch all day. Dr. will not discuss 'stage'. I know he is failin?

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My 80 yr husband has multiple myeloma.  He won't eat.  Can walk, but lies in bed or couch all day.  Dr. will not discuss 'stage'.  I know he is failin?

2nd opinion v hospic: Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/basics/treatment/con-20026607 for info on multiple myeloma and its treatments. Get a 2nd opinion (or change physicians - your Family Doc can help you find Oncologist who accepts your/his insurance). If no treatment is desired, consider hospice for comfort/palliative care. Again, your Family Doc can refer or you can ask on own ...Read more

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My son is 7 yrs old and he lost hearing in one ear.Dr told may be because of high fever he lost hearing.Is it possible to recover as before?

My son is 7 yrs old and he lost hearing in one ear.Dr told may be because of high fever he lost hearing.Is it possible to recover as before?

ENT & hearing test: Any child with suspicion for hearing loss or evidence of hearing loss in a pediatric office screen should be sent to an ENT and also get a formal audiogram. There are different types of hearing loss and the audiogram will help identify them. The ENT can do a thorough history and order tests that may help identify the cause (in about 60% of cases). Hearing loss from a high fever is not common. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Samy
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Hearing Aids (Definition)

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