Prevention is better than cure and we have simple tips to maintain your ear health. If, however, you are experiencing hearing loss or ear pain, it’s time to see an audiologist. Our Hidden Hearing audiologists are available at 85 locations around Ireland, so book in for a FREE screening or hearing test.
Earwax is a naturally occurring substance in the ear canal. Earwax assists in the cleaning and lubrication of the ear canal. Some people suffer from excessive earwax, and this can be managed by the use of drops or irrigation. Wax can cause hearing loss, and can interfere with the use of a hearing aid.
Meniere's disease is a condition of the inner-ear that causes a type of dizziness that makes you feel like you are spinning. It can also cause you to experience tinnitus, hearing loss, nausea and pressure inside your ear. It typically affects only one ear.
Ear infections are very common and more so in children and there can be many different types. Sometimes ear infections will resolve themselves however if your symptoms are bothersome or do not improve after 3 days, we would advise you to visit your GP.
The Eustachian tubes are the openings that connect the middle ear with the cavities in the sinuses. If a eustachian tube opens wider than it should, it can cause the person suffering from the condition to hear unusual sounds; for instance hearing their own voice too loudly or even hearing their own breathing.
Labyrinthitis occurs when there is inflammation in the inner ear labyrinth, which is responsible for hearing and balance. If the labyrinth becomes inflamed, it causes dizziness, hearing loss, nausea and vertigo.
Swimmer’s ear, or to give it its medical name, otitis externa, is a common infection in the ear canal. That’s the tube that runs from the outside of your ear to the eardrum. It’s usually caused by water-loving bacteria or sometimes by a virus or fungus.