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Professor gives real reasons for ear infections

– Professor Julius Abiola Ademokoya, a seasoned professor of Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation said the public should be better informed and enlightened on diseases related to the ear As the country is thrown into another debate, regarding the ear infections President Buhari is suffering from, Professor Ademokoya who granted an interview to some newsmen spoke extensively on ear-related diseases. The professor of Speech and Hearing Rehabilation, who also doubles as the president, Speech Pathology and Audiology Association of Nigeria (SPAAN) said ear diseases are related to old age. He said what is needed regarding ear infections is thorough public awareness campaign and enlightenment, so that the general public will not be misinformed. In an interview related by Vanguard, Professor Ademokoya stated: “The middle ear which is made up of the hole we normally see, contains the tympanic membrane, there can be some infections there as well (utertis media disease). Parts of the middle and inner ears are vulnerable to infection. If you look at the middle ear, there is always fluid on the lining of the canal of the hole, some people usually have excess of cerunen, the accummulated fluid in the middle ear can become so much and thick which can create two problems. It can narrow down the passage of sound from outside to the inner ear, that can affect hearing to some extent. READ ALSO: Health Advice: These types of food should not be eaten daily “Secondly, it can put pressure on the tympanic membrane. You know the middle ear also leads to the throat. Now you can have some infections from the upper chest area that will travel from the Eustachian Tube, that leads the middle ear to the throat. Infection can come from the chest or mouth and move through the Eustachian Tube. Common infections like cold, viral infections, etc., can move through that Eustachian Tube to the ear, and cause infection of the middle ear. Some of all these challenges are not “infections”, rather they are “conditions.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Buhari departed for London a a 10-day vacation While speaking further he said: “For instance, the Eustachian Tube is very delicate and tiny. Some people put sharp or pointed objects into their ears and this can tear tympanic membrane, so that can cause a problem. Inner ear In the inner ear, there are normally a lot of infections, especially viral infections such as meningitis. All the family of viral infections can affect the sensitive part of hearing that is called the Cochlea. Some of these infections affect the Central Nervous System (CNS), organs of hearing and lining of the brain, especially the part that is responsible for hearing and interpretation of sound. READ ALSO: Health crisis: Buhari may extend trip, has another infection “Meniere’s disease which is called noise in the ear, is sound coming into the ear. Most people in old age experience that, it is the condition that is common with age, It is more of a functional disease than infection. What I mean by functional is that it is something that has to do with aging and it is not really infection per se. With advancing age, a lot of conditions begin to come up in the body system that are not really tied to infection but are due to the ageing process. Occasionally, there is ringing (noise) in the ear, you feel it and it could be disturbing especially if it’s becoming persistent.  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Professor Julius Abiola Ademokoya, professor of Speech and Hearing Rehabilation, also doubles as the president, Speech Pathology and Audiology Association of Nigeria (SPAAN). “We also have Vertigo problem which is peculiar to the inner ear. A symptom includes feeling dizzy, like the world is turning. The balance you enjoy when you stand up correctly and do things correctly, is courtesy of the inner ear function. If there is problem with the way you are standing, you can’t walk correctly, jump properly, you can’t balance yourself very well, it could be due to malfunction or vertigo. At times, accident to the ear is a serious factor. Accident resulting from heavy blow to the ear among other issues can cause inner ear problem. “Number one, hereditary is a factor, because most of the hearing problem has to do with hereditary, especially gradual loss of hearing, another thing is genetic characteristic of your body make up could cause it. Causes of hearing impairment Lifestyle, what we expose our ear to as regard the noise. These could be environmental noise. There are times we carelessly expose ourselves to noise. At parties, people sometimes sit very close to the loudspeaker. “Some wear earpieces all the time to enjoy music and there are instances in which exposure to drugs can cause hearing impairment. Way forward The education is not there, I think for the first time we are having a high profile hearing case in Nigeria. At the Speech Pathology and Audiology Association of Nigeria, we always emphasise that there is need for every Nigerian to go for hearing check up, especially if they are feeling strange in their hearing pattern.”

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