Earwax, Of All Things, Poses Unrecognized Risk In Long-Term Care

(By JoNel Aleccia for Kaiser Health News)

Of all the indignities that come with aging, excessive earwax may be the most insidious.

Don’t laugh.

That greasy, often gross, buildup occurs more often in older ears than those of the young, experts say. And when it goes unrecognized, it can pose serious problems, especially for the 2.2 million people who live in U.S. nursing homes and assisted living centers. Continue reading article here…

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