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June 01, 2014
Category: Ears
Tags: Research   Tinnitus   Ears  

If so, you may be able to take part in a clinical research study testing an investigational drug in people with tinnitus. After thorough examination, the study drug will be applied directly into the ear.

Participation in the trial is possible if you are:
  • Between 18 and 75 years old  
  • Suffering from tinnitus following an injury to your inner ear or middle ear infection
For further information about the study, please contact us Michelle or  or look at www.tinnitus-study.info

Click here to print a flyer.



If your child has tubes inserted in their ears and suffers from the ear pain, fever and irritability (particularly in infants) of an ear infection, we need your help. 

Our clinical research trial is testing an investigational medication (ear drops) for ear infections in children with tubes in their ear(s), both male and female. To be eligible, participants must be between 6 months and 12 years of age and exhibit the typical symptoms of an infected ear. 

Study starts soon.

Contact our office today or go to www.InfectedEarStudy.com to get all the details on participating in the study.

Spartanburg Ear, Nose and Throat
1330 Boiling Springs Road, Suite 1400
Spartanburg, SC  29303 864-582-2900

January 19, 2014
Category: Ears
Tags: Ruptured Eardrum  

[adapted from The Better Hearing Institute]


The bad news: A study by Henry Ford Hospital shows a direct association between cotton swab use and ruptured eardrum.
The good news: The study also shows that, in most cases, the rupture heals on its own and surgery is only necessary for the most severe cases.

More than half of patients seen in otolaryngology clinics, regardless of their primary complaint, admit to using cotton swabs to clean their ears, and if the cotton swab is pushed too far in the ear canal, it can cause tympanic membrane perforations (TMP), which can lead to facial paralysis and vertigo.

A ruptured eardrum can be treated in one of two ways, depending on the severity of the symptoms. The most common method of treatment is observation of the perforation by an otolaryngologist because often the eardrum will heal on its own within 2 months. More severe cases are treated with surgery.

Instead of cotton swabs, patients should use the following alternatives to clean the inner ear:

  • Take cool peroxide, hot tap water and mix equally. Be sure it is body temperature and gently irrigate the ear one or two times per month.
  • Take plain vinegar and water and use four or five drops in the ear once a week.
  • See a doctor, who can remove ear wax for you.
  • Try an over-the-counter treatment such as Debrox.