Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

The eyes, ears, nose and throat are interconnected organs that are vital parts of several body systems. Discover how these organs work as well as conditions that can affect them.

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Nearly all newborns have some shade of blue eyes at birth. But after a few months, they change. What's going on?

By Allison Troutner

Knowing your eye shape can help with everything from selecting eyeglass frames to shaping the perfect brow.

By Laurie L. Dove

Stanford researchers have developed a new white cane, incorporating sensing and wayfinding approaches from robotics and self-driving vehicles. Could this new white cane reshape life for the visually impaired?

By Allison Troutner

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Parosmia is a post-COVID-19 side effect that distorts your sense of taste and smell. But smell training (you read that right) can help most people get things back on track.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Technology for hearing aids has advanced drastically since our grandparents wore those big, bulky ones wrapped around their ears. Now they're Bluetooth-enabled and can even translate foreign languages on the fly.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Empty nose syndrome is a rare problem where patients have clear nasal passages but constant sensations of being unable to breathe. And worst of all, many doctors believe it's all in their heads.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Getting a bloody nose is nasty and can be also be pretty scary if you can't stop it. So what's the fastest — and safest — way to get your nose to stop bleeding?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Blue light glasses are super popular these days. But do they work the way marketers promise?

By John Perritano

You almost never notice the way your own place smells. Why is that?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The eye twitching that's driving you crazy — it's likely caused by nothing more than stress or fatigue. But you may need to see a doctor if you have other symptoms, too.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

For over 40 years, scientists have been searching for the protein that allows us to hear. Its recent discovery might help people regain their hearing.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Contact lenses fragment into microplastics that slip through water filtering systems and ultimately end up in the oceans.

By Stell Simonton

About 1 in 15 Americans over 40 smell odors that aren't there, according to a new study. And the reason why is still a mystery.

By Alia Hoyt

Music festivals are a blast, but research shows they can also be a bummer for your ears. One study even says that alcohol, coupled with loud music, can make the hearing loss worse.

By Dave Roos

You had LASIK surgery a few years ago, and your vision has started to blur again. Is this normal?

By Nathan Chandler

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Diplomatic staffers in Havana, Cuba, recently began to suffer from a series of health problems. Were they sound-related?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Colorblindness affects around 300 million people worldwide. What is it and how can glasses help?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Although we've often been told that dogs have a superior sense of smell to people, a new report says there's little difference.

By Alia Hoyt

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Is this you? This is totally you. Why do some people burst into violent sneezing fits when they encounter bright sunlight? Check your genetics.

By Laurie L. Dove

Maybe if you look at it with only one eye -- in the dark.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

And it's not because of all that screen time.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

We dig into the science and history of those delightful respiratory explosions we call sneezes, including one that's copyrighted.

By Julie Douglas

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Does vocal fry signal the most annoying end of times? Or is it just part of a natural language progression?

By Oisin Curran

Think your peepers are passé? Some cutting-edge cosmetic procedures can take your brown eyes to bright blue — with a few inherent risks.

By Laurie L. Dove