Doctors Meads, Peterson, Gilbert and Anderson love to learn about the latest in ear, nose and throat medicine. They also love to hear the internet buzz about their profession–even the more crazy stories. This week, our doctors picked their favorite ‘ear’ stories to be published.
Dr. Meads shared an article about a woman in China who had a spider crawl in her ear. “This can be an incredibly painful thing, especially if the insect begins to spin a web,” said Dr. Meads. Even though the spider was very stubborn it eventually was successfully removed. Read Dr. Mead’s article here.
Dr. Peterson showed off the latest tech news with a video from AfterShokz, a headphone device company that uses bone conductivity to transmit sound instead of through the ear. “For years our patients have successfully used bone conduction hearing aids to restore hearing,” said Dr. Peterson. “It’s interesting to see this technology move mainstream with the AfterShokz product.”
For Dr. Gilbert, his ‘ear’ story was performed by a facial plastic physician who surgically pinned back a six-year-old’s prominent ears. “Even though this is a relatively common procedure, I’m always happy to see children benefit from medical advancements,” said Dr. Gilbert. “The news report has a picture of the boy’s before-and-after picture and his expression is priceless.” See Dr. Gilbert’s article here.
Dr. Anderson also highlighted a news report out of China featuring expert tradesmen who clean customer’s’ ear canals. “It turns out these folks have a long heritage of ear-cleaning professionals.” Dr. Anderson said he has great respect for their centuries-old practices but probably wouldn’t volunteer to sit in their chair. “Take a look at their cleaning instruments–it looks fairly intimidating.” See Dr. Anderson’s article here.