Outer Ear

How to Keep Your Ears Safe

How to Keep Your Ears SafeEars are perfectly formed to capture sound, but the incredible efficiency of their design means they can sometimes capture too much.

This can become a major problem, actually damaging your hearing and leading to permanent hearing loss. Tiny hairs within the ear are flattened when they come into contact with loud noises and if they fail to ‘unflatten’ then hearing is affected.

So here are our top tips on how to keep your ears safe, and protect your hearing and avoid causing irreversible damage.

Use Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are incredibly useful when it comes to giving your ears extra protection, so they can be handy tools when you’re around loud noises.

Take regular breaks

If you work in an environment where loud noise is the norm (e.g construction) it is important to give your hearing an opportunity to ‘reset’.  Just 10 minutes away from loud noise will have the desired effect.

Turn Down The Volume - How to Keep Your Ears SafeTurn It Down!

If you enjoy listening to music, make sure you don’t have things turned up to 11. If you wear headphones and cannot hear anything other than your music, it is too loud.  Likewise, if you wear headphones and other people can hear your tunes, it is too loud. A good rule of thumb is the ’60:60 rule’. This means using only 60 percent of your music device’s volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.

Use Headphones

Headphones, particularly noise cancelling headphones, are much better than ear buds when it comes to protecting your hearing. They drown out background noise more effectively allowing you to keep the volume relatively low. Again, take regular breaks, even when using noise cancelling headphones.

Use PPE where necessary

PPE (personal protective equipment including ear defenders) help to reduce noise.  Use of this type of protection is especially important if using power tools such as drills or sanders.

Make people aware of a noise issue

If you find that your working environment is too noisy, speak to your boss or the HR department and ask how best to combat the problem. It may be they were unaware of the issue.

For more advice contact our team on 0333 320 7788.

Why Which? Magazine Recommends Independent Hearing Aid Practitioners

Which? Magazine, published by the Consumers’ Association, is the go-to publication for anyone who wants help making confident, informed purchasing decisions.  Its impartial reviews highlight the best (and worst) across a wide range of products and services.

The Hearing Clinic UK are Independent Hearing Aid Retailers

Which? Magazine is a strong advocate of independent hearing aid retailers, like The Hearing Clinic UK, when it comes to hearing healthcare.

Primarily this is because independent retailers are not tied to any particular brand, meaning they can give truly impartial advice.  This is crucial when it comes to choosing a hearing aid as there are so many variations in the market.

Linx2Independent hearing aid retailers can also be very competitive on price.  Lower overheads, price setting responsibility and a focus on best advice often means consumers get the very best solution for their needs.  The last thing an independent retailer wants is a string of unhappy customers filling up the appointment book!

Transparency is another reason to go independent.  The Hearing Clinic UK provides customers with a comprehensive breakdown of costs and aftercare services.  And with a rehabilitation program recognised as world class, patients can be confident they are receiving excellent value for money.

Here’s a useful check list to take with you when you’re making a hearing aid purchase.  This should help you ensure you are getting the product and levels of customer service you expect:

  • Have you been shown a selection of hearing aids that could work for you?
  • What are the guarantees like? do they offer up to 5 year warranties?
  • What about servicing? do they offer unlimited or restricted aftercare?
  • Do they offer home visit services if you are unable to manage to their branches?
  • Is there a finance agreement available, and if so what is the APR being charged?
  • Where can you go if you have a question or complaint?
  • Are the retailers or providers owned or affiliated with a single supplier?
  • Can you thoroughly "try before you buy"?
  • Are they selling out of date products?
  • Are the hearing aids locked to their clinics stopping you from having them adjusted elsewhere?
  • Is the prescriptive correction required for your hearing loss measured correctly before you leave the branch?
  • How well qualified are the staff assessing and fitting your devices?
  • Are you being pitched a product they have simply as its on special offer or because it is the very best for your hearing situation?
  • Can you trade in your old devices if your hearing situation changes after the initial money back guarantee period is over?
  • Do you have to go elsewhere to have earwax removed if a blockage occurs?


These are all very important questions to ask and many can be overlooked at the initial stages of purchasing new hearing aids.


For fully independent advice on your hearing care needs please call our friendly team of experts on 0333 320 7788


With a heritage spanning over 60 years and tens of thousands of happy patients - The Hearing Clinic UK are expertly placed to help you hear at your optimum level

What is Earwax, and why is it there?

What is Earwax, and why is it there?

Granted earwax is not sexy but it is essential to maintain your aural health.  Removing it without expert knowledge can cause damage, but safe removal is possible and can solve some minor hearing problems.

Lots of people wonder what is Earwax. Well Earwax, or cerumen, is made up of dead skin cells, cholesterol, naturally occurring alcohols, lysozyme enzyme, and fatty acids among other things.  I told you it wasn’t sexy.

Most of the time it is really useful stuff, so unless it is causing hearing loss or pain (through an excessive build up, for example) it should be left alone to do its thing.  It will work its way out of the ear and simply gets washed away when you’re in the shower. If it does need to be removed, seek professional advice as damaging your eardrum by compacting the wax is not recommended.

Earwax’s main job is to protect the ear.  The ear is open and vulnerable and foreign bodies can easily get inside. Earwax catches the dust, bugs, germs, and bacteria before it can do any damage or cause an infection. As I said, it might not be sexy, but like a hulking great centre back or a prop forward, it does its job very effectively. It’s also pretty good at keeping water out of the ear when swimming or bathing avoiding irritation in the ear and possible infection.

What is Earwax, and why is it there?

So, leave it if they only problem it’s causing is a slight nausea when you see it, but come and see us if you think the build-up is becoming a pain.

The Hearing Clinic UK offers quick and painless earwax removal using microsuction.


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Technology – Changing the Face of Audiology

Technology – Changing the Face of Audiology

Once upon a time, and not that long ago relatively speaking, there was nothing that could be done for the deaf or hard of hearing. Sign language was a major breakthrough in allowing those afflicted to communicate, and it is still an important resource today, but breakthroughs in technology have meant hearing aid wearers can now experience very close to natural hearing.

One of the catalysts for what has been a revolution in hearing aid design and capability was a discovery made in 2009 by Robert Jackler MD, a Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at Stanford University.  He realised the ion channels within the ear were actually in a different place to where it was always thought they had been.

This simple discovery meant that hearing devices could be designed to work much better than they had before and, since then, hearing aid technology has moved at remarkable pace.

No longer are hearing aids large, clunky and obvious. They are much smaller and less conspicuous, removing some of the stigma attached to wearing a hearing aid, improving the wearer’s self-confidence and transforming the way they interact with the world.

Technology – Changing the Face of Audiology

In-ear hearing aids are almost invisible and can be worn for months on end without the need to remove them.  Wearers even shower with them in place!  And, if an in-ear solution doesn’t (or can’t) work for you, manufacturers have created incredible discreet aids that are worn outside the ear.  Miniaturisation or nanotechnology is integral to how the industry is being revolutionised.

Small Hearing Aids by The Hearing ClinicThey are also much more comfortable to wear.  Computer technology can accurately measure facial dimensions facilitating the manufacture of completely unique, perfectly fitted devices.  Noise filters can be integrated into devices helping sounds become crisper and clearer due to an up to 90% reduction in background noise.  And WiFi (wireless) and Bluetooth technology means hearing aids can be linked to tablets and smart phones allowing wearers to utilise devices that may once have been obsolete.

We are now even in the age of the ‘smart hearing aid’.  Able to adapt to the wearer’s likes and dislikes, these incredible devices provide the best possible – and utterly personal – hearing experience.

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The Hearing Clinic UK – Helping to Restore a Natural Hearing Experience

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Linx2 is the new benchmark in smart hearing.  The incredible Binaural Directionality & Spatial Sense technology supports your brain’s natural ability to process sounds, helping you hear better with less effort.

Linx2 can be connected to a range of devices, including iphone and ipad, so you can stream the conversations that matter direct to your Linx2 system.

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Introduction to The Hearing Clinic UK Video

The Hearing Clinic UK specialises in hearing loss treatments using state of the art hearing aids, treating tinnitus related issues, ear wax removal using microsuctioning and other hearing related issues.

Charitable hearing aid work: ENT for Zambia

Martin Zambia 2About our efforts

We do our best to make a huge impact to peoples' lives by providing the latest technological advances to our patients, be that ear wax microsuction treatments, tinnitus treatments or our high-tech hearing devices that have all sorts of fancy features associated with them.

However, not everyone in the world has a chance to take advantage of these. A hearing device that allows a patient a simple amplification may seem pretty old in comparison to the most recent offering and while it may not be close in terms of quality, it will still go a long way to giving people back their hearing who couldn't necessarily afford a new device.

Therefore, it is saddening to realise that these devices are often discarded into junk boxes and cupboards around the UK when they have the potential to change peoples' lives. We operate a policy that provides all hearing aid purchasers £100 off when they trade in their old hearing aids.

We then take these 2nd hand hearing aids and have them re-conditioned allowing them to be re-used. By engaging in Charitable hearing aid work we can help the lives of others less fortunate. We gather the re-conditioned hearings aids together alongside others that have been donated by our hearing aid partners and take them to Zambia on bi-annual trips to dispense to those who need them most. We provide a great deal of support for the charity ENT for Zambia and have treated hundreds of people for hearing impairment.

How you can get involved in Charitable hearing aid work

Although we welcome you to get involved in the charity, we understand that there are only a limited number of audiologists who will get involved.

We believe that the best way for you to help out is to donate old hearing devices that you may have lying around, encourage friends to donate theirs and to take advantage of our trade-in offer so that you can upgrade your own sound while helping out at the same time.

How Your Ear Works

Causes of Tinnitus

It may not always be possible to identify what’s causing tinnitus.

However, tinnitus is often initiated by hearing loss. Causes of hearing loss can be varied. Some of the main causes are described below.

How Your Ear Works

Inner Ear Damage

Tinnitus is often related to damage that occurs inside the inner ear.

Sounds pass from the outer ear through the middle ear to the inner ear, which contains the cochlea and auditory nerve. The cochlea is a coiled, spiral tube with a large number of sensitive hair cells. The auditory nerve transmits sounds to the brain.

If part of the cochlea is damaged, it will stop sending information to parts of your brain. These areas of the brain will then actively ‘seek out’ signals from parts of the cochlea that still work. These signals are over-represented in the brain and cause the sounds of tinnitus.

In older people, tinnitus is often caused by natural hearing loss, which makes the hearing nerves less sensitive. In younger people, tinnitus can sometimes occur as a result of hearing damage caused by excessive noise.

Other Causes

As well as natural hearing loss and inner ear damage, there are several other possible causes of tinnitus. These include:

  • A build-up of earwax that blocks the ear
  • middle ear infection (otitis media)
  • Glue ear (otitis media with infusion)
  • Otosclerosis – an inherited condition where an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear causes hearing loss
  • Ménière’s disease – a condition that affects part of the inner ear known as the labyrinth and causes balance problems
  • Anaemia – a reduced number of red blood cells that can sometimes cause the blood to thin and circulate so rapidly that it produces a sound
  • perforated eardrum

Less Common Causes of Tinnitus

Less commonly, tinnitus may also develop as a result of:

  • A head injury
  • Exposure to sudden or very loud noise, such as an explosion or gunfire
  • Acoustic neuroma – a rare, non-cancerous growth that affects the hearing nerve in the inner ear
  • Adverse reactions to certain medications, such as antibiotics, diuretics, quinine and
  • Aspirin (this is more likely to occur when the recommended dosage is exceeded)
  • Solvent abuse, drug misuse and alcohol misuse
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • Paget’s disease – where the normal cycle of bone renewal and repair is disrupted
  • Stress isn’t a direct cause of tinnitus but it can sometimes make it worse.

Discover The Hearing Clinic UK's Complete Free Hearing Health Check

Limited spaces are available at our state of the art clinical locations for our exclusive Free hearing health checks. Discover why our patient are so pleased to have visited us:

The Hearing Clinic UK helped me identify why I was having so much trouble hearing the television. I cant believe I’ve lived with this for so long when it was so easy to identify and the end solution was so easy.
Mrs Castle – Giffnock

I have been having my ears syringed annually but honestly can’t stand the feeling of water being forced into my ear canal. My friend told me about the micro suction and at first I was a little apprehensive, but after the treatment I couldn’t believe it! No mess, no dizziness, just clean ears!
Mrs Jamieson – Bishopbriggs, Glasgow

My wife always mentioned that I had trouble hearing her from a distance and especially in the car. The hearing health check spotted a blockage that’s been there for nearly 25 years! I’m now back to 100% again and my wife has never been happier!
Mr Woodrow – Bearsden

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How Can The Hearing Clinic UK Help You?

Why choose The Hearing Clinic UK?

Our ever expanding network of local hearing aid clinics across the UK allow our patients to experience the very best in hearing healthcare care.

By visiting one of our dedicated centres, you can be sure your hearing needs will be addressed with the utmost care and attention.

Experience for yourself exactly what makes us the UK’s foremost precision Audiologists. Visit one of our leading hearing loss centres and see what the hearing aids can do. We will be more than happy to walk you through just what makes them so special.

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Complete diagnostic hearing test

Our detailed hearing assessment evaluates the many aspects of your hearing, with our precision audiologists evaluating your possible hearing needs. Your full hearing assessment includes a full video otoscopy of your ear(s).

We are committed to providing you with the best quality of service in hearing healthcare. Our promise to you is your satisfaction guarantee.

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Ear wax removal using Microsuction

The microsuction removal treatment is a far more gentle procedure than other types of ear wax removal and if necessary, you can come back far more regularly for treatment.

Microsuction is a very well tolerated by the majority of people, gives you fast results hence it is much more effective than the traditional wax removal methods. It is also SAFE, as the physician can see the structures inside your ear.

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Recommend further treatments that might help you hear better

From invisible hearing devices, to micro in-ear hearing devices, you can be assured that your hearing solution will fit your needs.

Some of our patients require hearing aids, and simply require their tinnitus managing correctly, or follow up appointments for ear wax removal. You can be sure whatever your requirements are, The Hearing Clinic UK will treat you with the care and respect you deserve.

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