Lee M. Akst, M.D.

Lee M. Akst, M.D.

Lee Michael Akst, M.D., is the director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center and is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Latest Articles by Lee M. Akst, M.D.

Doctor examining ear for ear wax impaction
Hearing

Ear Wax Removal Tips

Impacted ear wax is a significant cause of acute, temporary hearing loss. Here are safe ways to remove it.

Why Used Hearing Aids Aren't a Good Idea
Hearing

Why Used Hearing Aids Aren't a Good Idea

Used hearing aids may seem like a good way to save, but they could cost you in the long run. Here are other things to avoid when shopping for a hearing aid.

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss
Hearing

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss

From contaminants to common medical conditions, here are 10 dangers to your hearing that you may not know about, and how to steer clear of them.

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Lung & Respiratory

Needle-Free Allergy Relief

Immunotherapy tablets or drops may be just as effective as allergy shots at reducing symptoms over the longterm.

Dental Implant
Dental Health

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Tooth loss from accidents, gum disease, failed root canals, or decay is common—in fact, one in four adults lose all their permanent teeth by age 74, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In the past, dentures and f...

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Lung & Respiratory

How to Treat a Sore Throat

If cold like symptoms accompany your sore throat, a virus is the likely culprit and an antibiotic won’t help. Here’s what to do instead.

Man with cold
Lung & Respiratory

How to Treat the Common Cold

As many as 200 different viruses can cause colds, so no one drug exists to cure one. Taking antibiotics will neither prevent sinus infections nor improve cold symptoms. Here’s what to do instead.

Woman with allergies
Lung & Respiratory

The Most Effective Allergy Medicine

Whether your nasal allergies are seasonal or year round, you may feel like you’re being bombarded with ads for an array of products. But which allergy medicine works best?