Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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Our patients often ask our Audiologists about the best ways to clean their ears, and this is a very important question since incorrect care can cause or worsen hearing problems. Blockages in the ears, including ear wax, can cause many issues with hearing, so it is important to seek advice and treatment for these as soon as you notice problems developing.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we offer a free ear wax removal service for over 55s that can be booked via your local branch and for those under 55 who wish to avail of the service there is also a special discounted rate of €50. If you have noticed a decline in your ability to hear, especially if this affects one ear more than the other, it is possible that an earwax blockage could be causing or contributing to your difficulties.
Top Tips For Cleaning Ears:
1. Understand the purpose of earwax. Ear wax, also know as cerumen, is a vital substance inside the ear, collecting debris, dirt and bacteria and ensuring that foreign bodies cannot penetrate the ear. Ear wax functions to stop ears feeling dry and itchy, and it serves as an antifungal and antibacterial agent that can help to fight off infections in the ears.
2. Be aware that ears are self-cleaning. Ear wax is part of the self-cleaning system of the ears, and works itself out of the ears through jaw motions, such as chewing and speaking. Washing your ears when you shower or bathe should be sufficient to keep them clean, and just wiping away any excess wax from your ears will be enough.
3. Do not use cotton buds. Cotton buds are not designed to clean the ears and can cause problems by pushing earwax deeper inside the ear, leading to impaction that stops the eardrum from vibrating. If you believe you have an earwax blockage, do not try to treat it yourself, but seek professional help to avoid damaging your hearing.
4. Some people will need to take extra care. Some people are at higher risk of problems due to an earwax buildup, and these include individuals with diabetes, those who are prone to ear infections, and anyone who has a perforation in the eardrum.
5. Visit a professional. There are many methods of removing earwax, including irrigation and suction, but most of these are safely performed by a doctor or audiologist. You may wish to try eardrops or mineral oil at home, to soften the earwax, but a professional opinion is always helpful, especially if this is a recurrent problem for you.
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If you are concerned about hearing loss, it’s important to visit an audiologist who will determine a baseline hearing level and use this to prevent further damage to your ears or your brain. Our friendly staff team will work with you to find the very best hearing solution for your and your lifestyle.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.