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Recommended OTC products for individuals suffering from a variety of different ear / hearing / balance issues.
Itchy Ears TreatmentFor more information on what may cause itchy ears and which products will likely work best for you, watch this video.
Earwax Removal & OtoscopesWatch an instructional video on how to use an ear syringe to remove earwax in adults and in kids.
Unable to Pop a Clogged EarClick to watch a video on how to use the earpopper, eustachi, and otovent. EarPlanes and FlyFit are earplugs meant for people who have trouble popping their ears when flying. These plugs regulate and dampen the amount of pressure changes experienced by the middle ear space and eardrum with elevation changes.
Minimize Risk of Recurrent Ear InfectionsXlear nasal spray should be performed 2x per day. Xylitol gum should be chewed 5x per day. ClearPop only once a day. More info on xylitol here.
Swim Ear Plugs & Ear DryersWe also sell custom fitted ear plugs in our office.
DIY Swimmer's Ear TreatmentFor instructions on how to make up the ear drops, click here or watch video. Note that commercially made swimmer's ear drops typically is just 95% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).
Treatment for TMJ & Cervicogenic Ear PainNot all ear pain is due to an ear problem! Click here to read more about non-ear causes of ear pain.
Hearing ProtectionWe also sell custom fitted ear plugs in our office.
Noise HypersensitivityThese ear plugs do not protect from loud noises. Rather, they help decrease the frequencies known to trigger noise sensitivity.
Tinnitus TreatmentProtocol our office uses to treat tinnitus patients can be found here. Please note that Lenire is only available in Europe at this time. Check out a free online tinnitus matching tool to replicate the sound you hear and share it with others!
Dizziness & Motion SicknessPlease keep in mind that meclizine and dramamine only treat the symptoms of dizziness without fixing the underying cause and in some cases, may even make dizziness worse (more info here)! You can try to figure out what is causing your dizziness in order to address the root cause by following this flowchart. Regarding the OTC patch, this is NOT the same as the prescription motion sickness patch (scopolamine). Vitamin D3 appears to help decrease risk of BPPV, a very common cause of transient vertigo that occurs with head movements (more info on the relationship between vitamin D levels and BPPV can be found here).
Hearing Amplifiers, TV Ears, & Hearing AidsThere are several tiers of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing assist devices known as hearing amplifiers. They are NOT hearing aids, but towards the high end, they nearly approach the capabilities of one. On the low end, they cost around $50-$150. Mid-tier hearing amplifiers cost around $500. At the high end, top of the line hearing amplifiers can often cost around $2000, as much as bona fide hearing aids sold by an audiologist. These top of the line devices are categorized under "Amplifiers +" below. The Bose hearing aid is the only bona fide hearing aid available over-the-counter that is FDA approved. Regarding TV ears, sometimes you just want to hear the TV better without annoying others by increasing the volume.
Hearing Aid Supplies & Accessories
Ear Piercing Kit
Patulous Eustachian Tube Treatment
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