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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 by Lee M. Akst, M.D.

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Symptoms

What Happens if You Ignore Hearing Loss?

Research shows that untreated hearing loss has troubling consequences that go far beyond simply misunderstanding what someone says.

Doctor examining ear for ear wax impaction
Symptoms

Ear Wax Removal Tips

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

Can Affordable PSAPs Help You Hear Better?
Treatment

Can Affordable PSAPs Help You Hear Better?

If the cost of hearing aids makes you think twice, less-expensive devices, called personal sound amplification products, or PSAPs, may be an option.

Why Used Hearing Aids Aren't a Good Idea
Treatment

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.

Who’s Who in Hearing Health
Diagnosis

Who’s Who in Hearing Health

Audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, and otolaryngologists offer different levels of support for hearing loss. Here’s what to know.

A Smarter Way to Shop for a Hearing Aid
Lifestyle

A Smarter Way to Shop for a Hearing Aid

Have you put off buying a hearing aid because of the cost? Here’s how to find the best hearing aid for you without spending too much along the way.

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss
Symptoms

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.

Fatty fish like salmon may help preserve your hearing.
Lifestyle

How Your Diet Could Affect Your Hearing

From fish to folate, having these items on your plate may reduce your risk of hearing loss, according to researchers.

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Treatment

Needle-Free Allergy Relief

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

A woman sits in bed with restless legs syndrome.
Risk Factors

Allergy Drugs and Restless Legs Syndrome

The medication you’re taking to stifle your sniffles may be making your symptoms of restless legs syndrome worse. Here’s what you can do about it.