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The Ear Book

Paperback
, 256 pages

2 b&w illus., 23 line drawings

ISBN:
9781421422855
May 2017
$24.95

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The Ear Book

A Complete Guide to Ear Disorders and Health

Intricately shaped and amazingly sensitive, ears are the organs of hearing and balance. When something goes wrong with the ears—whether infection or cancer, eardrum perforation or hearing loss—our overall well-being is generally disturbed.

In The Ear Book, Drs. Thomas J. Balkany and Kevin D. Brown, recognized experts on ears and hearing, explain how the anatomy of the ear facilitates hearing and balance and then examine the causes, symptoms, and treatment of common problems of the outer, middle, and inner ear. Their explanations take the mystery out of hearing aids, the proper care of ears, and how the pressurized conditions of scuba diving and air travel affect the ears. And they debunk ear-related myths—from the notion that exposure to loud noise strengthens the ear to the idea that tinnitus can be cured with nutrients—and urge readers to stop using ear candling or Q-tips to get rid of wax.

Drs. Balkany and Brown address such common questions as: Can dizziness be cured? How loud is too loud? Why do my ears ring? Do cochlear implants work for nerve deafness? What promise do innovations in gene therapy and stem cell therapy hold for the future? Fully illustrated and including helpful tables, hearing preservation tips, a glossary of terms, lists of ear medications and resources, and suggestions for further reading, The Ear Book is sure to be a welcome family guide.

Thomas J. Balkany, MD, FACS, FAAP, is the Hotchkiss Professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the coeditor of Clinical Pediatric Otolaryngology. Kevin D. Brown, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he is the chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology.

"An excellent book that will be of interest to people with ear problems, doctors who do not specialize in ear disorders, and medical trainees."

"Everything you ever wanted to know about ears from two outstanding physician scientists. I loved this book!"

" The Ear Book is written primarily for the lay public, however generalists will find it very useful. The illustrations are simple, clear, and to the point, with special emphasis on anatomy and diseases and their treatments. I found the little vignettes regarding disease presentation to be particularly useful. Patients will surely identify with them. Otolaryngologists and otologists would do well to keep a copy of this book in their offices as a suggested reference for diseases of the ear and vestibular system. It will significantly improve their patients understanding of their disease. Thank you, Dr. Balkany and Dr. Brown, for writing this much-needed reference for our patients."

" The Ear Book by Drs. Thomas Balkany and Kevin Brown is an up-to-date, thorough guide to disorders of the ear. It is clear, concise, interesting and easily understood. The information is reliable and accurate. Written by highly respected, leading ear specialists with decades of experience, this information is something not easily found in today’s world filled with misinformation. This book is gem for everyone with questions about their ears. I highly recommend it—especially the chapter on Myths of the Ear!"

"In "The Ear Book: A Complete Guide to Ear Disorders and Health", Drs. Thomas J. Balkany and Kevin D. Brown, who are both recognized experts on ears and hearing, deftly explain how the anatomy of the ear facilitates hearing and balance and then examine the causes, symptoms, and treatment of common problems of the outer, middle, and inner ear. Their explanations take the mystery out of hearing aids, the proper care of ears, and how the pressurized conditions of scuba diving and air travel affect the ears.  ... "The Ear Book" is sure to be a welcome family guide. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Health/Medicine reference collections..."

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