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EUSTACHIAN BLUES: DEVICE FOR BLOCKED EARS

Posted by on Monday, 27 September, 2010

EAR POPPER

Dear MISTER ScienceAintSoBad: My ears hurt. And they’re all clogged up. I’m 8 and a half years old. – Maggie

Maggie:

Over here at ScienceAintSoBad, we try to cheer you up. After all, it’s a mess out there where you people live.

I think it’s called the world.

Bad things happen every day. Who’s GONNA cheer you up if I don’t?

But, to be honest? Sometimes it’s tough. Even for MISTER SASB. I get letters from people, saying they need help now. I find “interesting” studies that bode well for the (distant) future.

Science advances. Patients? Not always.

I feel bad cause I love people and I wanna help. Also, I love science, in all its complexity, but I gotta admit that progress is slow. Someday there’ll be a cure for each nasty disease. I hope we’ll be able to afford it

So.

Back to Maggie.

Ear infection? Blocked Eustachian tubes? Oh my GOD! I’ve GOT something for you! I’ve actually GOT something!

Daniel Arick (New York Eye and Ear Infirmay) helped to develop a sensationally simple device which seems to work. He and Shlomo Silman patented an Apparatus for equalizing the pressure in the middle ear. They call it the “Ear Popper” (I told you I like this, right?)

You stick it in your nostril and let it release a puff of air which you swallow.

Simple, no drugs,  cheap (relatively), and very effective (about 85%).

COOLER than cool!

So. How do we rate this thing?

It’s simple but clever and it is obviously effective. Gotta give this a ScienceAintSoBadRating = 10

With a footnote.

From a strictly scientific standpoint, the data could be stronger. The long term outlook isn’t established. But, in this case, simplicity rules.

MAN, I wish I had invented this thing!

image credit: earpopper.com