Latest Articles by Lee M. Akst, M.D.
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
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
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.
Needle-Free Allergy Relief
Immunotherapy tablets or drops may be just as effective as allergy shots at reducing symptoms over the longterm.
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...
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.
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.
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?