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Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has colitis. What is that?
Colitis ?: Colitis, simply means inflammation of the colon. There are both chronic and acute forms. Acute forms are usually a bacterial or viral infection of the colon and can be treated with antibiotics or simply hydration, but can also be ischemic colitis involving a lack of blood flow to the colon. Ulcerative colitis and crohn's colitis are chronic forms. Surgery may be required in some situations. ...Read more
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has barrett's esophagus. What is that?
Common: If you had 200 classmates, probably 3-5 have barrett's, whether they know it. The increased cancer risk is real, but not tremendously high and the large majority never have any problems beyond occasionally needing to be endoscoped. Depending on the pathologist's report on initial biopsy, some people may only need to return if reflux symptoms get more troublesome. ...Read more
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has ovarian insufficiency. What is that?
Premature menopause: Ovarian insufficiency is another way of saying someone is going through menopause. There can be various causes of why someone might go through this prematurely. This can be treated with supplemental hormones and should not keep your friend from attending the reunion. ...Read more
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has an endocrine tumor. What is that?
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has cavernous sinus aneurysm. What is that?
Type brain aneurysm: The cavernous sinus consists of veins, the carotid artery, and nerves. It can be affected by various disease processes including infections, inflammation, aneurysms, and tumors. Aneurysms usually arise from the internal carotid artery as it passes through the sinus. Aneurysms are dangerous because they may rupture and therefore should be treated using endovascular techniques. ...Read more
Noise: Although some lose hearing from inherited problems or local disease, the most common cause of hearing lose in younger people be exposure to noise. People at especial risk are rock musicians, foundry workers, riveters, and servicemen on flight decks of aircraft carriers. Older folks can get loss from what is called presbyacusis, the loss of hearing of the elderly. ...Read more
Babies hear at birth: Babies can hear at birth. A baby can hear even before he is born, but the sounds are dampened because he is inside his mother and surrounded by amniotic fluid. Hearing tests can be done on newborns before discharge from the hospital. ...Read more
Many reasons: As we age our normally decreases but other things besides age are at play like genes, cerumen in ear canal, middle ear disturbance, medication, infection in the ear, barometric injury are just a few more. My suggestion is that to narrow down the possibilities is to make an appt with an ENT (ear nose & throat) physician. ...Read more
Depends: Were you in a situation where loud music or noise was all around you? Did you wear protection? Aside from inherited defects, the most common cause of loss is frequent unprotected exposure to loud noise. Do you have tinnitus (ringing) which is a sign of sensitivity. Invest in a pair of ear plugs and wear protective ear covers when possible if loud noise is around you. ...Read more
Hearing loss: It depends on there are correctable causes of hearing loss- such as wax, acute otitis media, perforated ear drums(surgically correctable) otosclerosis. Most sensorineural deafness are progressive, no possible cure. ...Read more
Yes: Hearing aids will make sounds louder. If you are deaf, cochlear implants will give you sound and speech detection and understanding. If you're hearing loss is due to fluid behind the ear drums, evacuation of the fluid will help y our hearing. If it is becaue of wax, removal of the wax will improve your hearing. ...Read more
Medical evaluation.: This can be serious. I don't know your past medical or psychiatric history nor medications or substance use history. However, if you hear things that no one else can hear or you see things that are not reality based — please let your personal physician know promptly. He will need to evaluate & may refer you for neurological &/ or psychiatric evaluation. Take care. ...Read more
Hearing loss: If hearing get bad, obviously you need to see your doctor or an ENT surgeon to identify the problem and treat accordingly. ...Read more
Does anyone else hear these noises. Have you checked to see if you can find a cause. Does it happen a lot?
If it sounds suspicious, like someone unauthorized is in your house, call 911. If this is ongoing, check with your doctor to see if these are auditory hallucinations and if there is a medical cause, and if not, what to do next. If you hear voices that tell you to hurt yourself or others, ER! ...Read more
Get hearing tested.: You should have a hearing test. Make sure you don't listen to loud music, esp. W/ headphones on. You can turn the volume down on your cell phone, tv and stereo. If you are constantly exposed to loud noises, such as near a construction site, then consider wearing earplugs. Make sure you can still hear sounds, such as a car coming when you cross the street. ...Read more
Audiometry: If you are worried about hearing loss, compare your hearing of faint sounds with your peers. If you hear less well, then see an ENT specialist for adiometry to determine the type of loss and whether there is something to help it. Very loud music can contribute to hearing loss but there are plenty of other reasons. ...Read more