Its very important to regularly clean your earphones to keep them free from wax.

Clean your hearing devices and keep them free of wax

Its very important to regularly clean your earphones to keep them free from wax.

It is very important to clean your hearing devices and keep them free from wax. As we all know hearing devices, (along with headphones) are extremely popular pieces of equipment, and are used by many people on a regular basis. They can easily harbour a lot of bacteria and this can then cause problems such as:

  • Bacterial growth within the eardrum
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Skin damage

The problems can become even worse when you share earphones with others. If earphones are not clean of wax infections can be swapped from person to person.

Clean your hearing devices and earphones and keep them free of wax

When cleaning your hearing devices to keep them free of wax you have to be very careful not to damage them. Make sure you clean them carefully, and replace the wax guards where appropriate. Earphones can be cleaned using a cloth, but it should never be a wet one, and instead should be clean, soft, and just damp. If it is preferred, you can even purchase specialist audio cleaning wipes.

A gentle kitchen detergent is another good idea as this can kill bacteria quickly. However, there is a certain technique that should be used to ensure that your earphones aren’t damaged and this means diluting the detergent with lukewarm water and carefully dabbing around the earpiece.

If you can remove the covers of the earphones then this is the best way to clean them; the interior electronics will be kept safe and you can protect your ears and hearing be ensuring that the earphones you are using are entirely clean.

Anything that won’t come off with a gentle wash and a soft cloth may need some extra elbow grease. You can use an old toothbrush to remove any ingrained grime. For those really stubborn areas of muck, use a very small amount of alcohol on a cotton swab.


Dizziness and Hearing Loss

Dizziness and Hearing Loss

When people think of the word 'Dizziness' they would not always associate it with 'Hearing Loss'. Dizziness and hearing loss can be related.

Although there are a number of reasons why dizziness occurs, the most common is when there is a problem with the inner ear. This is where the balance organ is found, and when this area is damaged in some way, the brain cannot process movement properly. Resulting in a dizzy feeling.

Hearing Loss

Dizziness and Hearing LossWhen the inner ear is unable to work due to too much pressure from the fluid found there, poor circulation or infection, it cannot send a message to the brain to ‘prove’ that everything is as it should be. Balance is disrupted and dizziness follows on.

Dizziness

Dizziness might feel exactly as it does when you have been spinning around for a while, but there are other symptoms too including:

  • Feeling Light Headed
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unsteadiness

If you lose consciousness then there may be another reason for your dizziness, and medical advice should be sought as this is not usually a symptom of an inner ear issue. Other problems that can cause dizziness include vision issues, migraines, eye muscle deterioration, vitamin deficiency, infection, tumours and more.

Treatment

Dizziness related to hearing loss can usually be dealt with fairly swiftly. In some cases it is simply down to a build up of wax that can be safety removed by Ear Wax Microsuction. For other people it can be medication, a change of diet or in some extreme cases, surgery. Perhaps it will be a combination of these things. This is why speaking to an expert about your symptoms and getting checked out is so important.


Microsuction Ear Wax Removal By The Hearing Clinic UK

Why Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Is Better Than Ear Syringing

There is no doubt that you will have heard about the medical practice of ‘ear syringing’. You might even have considered booking an appointment to have it done if you are having problems with your hearing. However, the NHS, as well as The Hearing Clinic UK, have determined that it is actually not only ineffective, but unsafe as well. Many tests have concluded that Microsuction Ear Wax Removal is better than ear syringing for clearing ear wax.

Inserting a large syringe into the ear to manually pump water into the ear canal could even cause permanent damage. The same guidance that has investigated this has also said that the same kind of damage (although perhaps not as severe) can be done with cotton buds.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – NICE – instead recommends that using the Microsuction Ear Wax Removal technique is a safe way to remove wax build up. The microsuction removal treatment is a far more gentle procedure than other types of ear wax removal, you can come back far more regularly for treatment. Our new, revolutionary ear wax removal technique only requires drops to be inserted the night before.

Why Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Is Better Than Ear SyringingIt would be far better for those who need this procedure to be able to be sure that the procedure the clinical practice is using is absolutely safe, rather than run the risk of sustaining permanent damage.

Other methods could be used, however Microsuction Ear Wax Removal is the best technique for removing ear wax. Use ear drops to soften the wax and then any kind of irrigation will be much easier and more successful too. The drops can be used up to five days before the procedure.

Contact our team today on 0333 320 7788 for your priority appointment. Our Microsuction Wax Removal appointments cost £60 for both ears and includes a full hearing healthcheck.

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Dementia is a condition that affects 850,000 people in the UK.

Is there a link between hearing loss and dementia?

Studies have been ongoing for some time now regarding just what – if anything – causes it. Some results suggest that there is a definite link between hearing loss and dementia. Dementia is a condition that affects 850,000 people in the UK. This figure equates to around one in every six people over the age of 80, and there is no cure for it. This is just one of the reasons that The Hearing Clinic UK are keen for people to seek professional assistance sooner rather than later when they notice they are having hearing problems. Read on for more information on link between hearing loss and dementia.

Reduced brain messages

If your hearing is reduced or even disappears completely, your brain won’t be receiving as many messages as it once did. Since we know that keeping the brain busy is one way to stave off dementia. If hearing loss is causing the brain to need to work less, then it could be why dementia starts. The brain is like a muscle and it needs to be kept working in order to do its job well.

Too much strain

Is there a link between hearing loss and dementiaAnother reason why hearing loss could lead to dementia could be the strain that hearing loss puts on the brain. Decoding different sounds to make out what they mean and what was said literally stresses the brain. This might damage the brain, leaving it more susceptible to a dementia diagnosis.

Isolation because of hearing loss and dementia

Being around people, taking part in activities, talking to friends and families and generally being social can reduce problems caused by dementia. It is known that being isolated and alone can trigger dementia symptoms. Other cognitive disorders and hearing loss can also add to that isolation. Once people start being unable to hear conversations or have trouble making out words in crowded conversations, they can stop going to save their embarrassment. They might not even really continue to speak to those they live with as they just cannot hear anything.


What is tinnitus?

What does Tinnitus mean?

What does tinnitus mean to you? Most people think of it simply as a ringing in the ears, and although this can be part of it, there is a slightly wider definition than that – the true definition of tinnitus, and the one that The Hearing Clinic UK works with, is any awareness of a sound in the ears of within the head that has no external source. So it doesn’t have to be ringing; it could be buzzing, whistling, hissing, or anything else that has no external reason for being there. What’s particularly interesting is that the pitch can change over time, as can the volume.

What is tinnitus?In its very mildest form, tinnitus is fairly common. Most people will experience a ‘ringing’ in their ears at some point, usually after having emerged from a loud place like a concert. However, about 10 percent of the UK adult population experience tinnitus much more frequently, and five percent find that it is so bad it actually affects the quality of their life.

Different types of Tinnitus?

You can have either subjective, or objective tinnitus. Subjective is that which can only be heard by the sufferer themselves, and it is the most common form of this condition.

Objective is much rarer, and is tinnitus which someone carrying out an ear examination can hear as well as the person suffering from it. It might be caused by a spasm of the minuscule muscles within the inner ear, increased blood flow to the area, or blood vessel abnormalities; whatever is causing it, it is a physical problem.

Whats the cause?

No matter the reasons, what is evident is that the signal that should go from the ear to the brain (to the auditory cortex to be specific) is damaged or not working in some way. This could be caused by number of different reasons:

  • Hearing loss – When hearing loss first begin, tinnitus can be one of the symptoms. However, bear in mind that a third of those who suffer from tinnitus have no other hearing issues.
  • Loud noise – Noise is one of the biggest reasons that people develop tinnitus. It might be over-exposure to loud music through headphones, or even through concert-type events, or it could be due to the work they do and the environment in which they do it. Even a single loud noise at close range can cause irreparable hearing damage.
  • Head injury – Just over 10 percent of those suffering from tinnitus developed it after a head, neck, or ear injury.
  • Ear infection – An ear infection can cause blocked hearing, and tinnitus can often occur. The good news is, this is usually temporary.
  • Ear disease – Similar to an ear infection, ear disease (of which there are a variety) can cause high pitched noises in the ear. However, these diseases are often more serious than a simple ear infection, and should be check out medically.
  • Medication – Some medications, even those that can be bought over the counter have tinnitus listed as one of the side effects that can occur when it is taken. There are about 200 different drugs (prescription and non-prescription) that list tinnitus as a side effect.
  • Stress – Stress may begin as a mental health issue, but it soon causes problems throughout the body, and in some cases those problems include tinnitus.


Realising that you need the help of The Hearing Clinic UK is the first step when it comes to ensuring that your hearing is checked over and that you get the professional assistance you need.

Why you should bring someone along to your hearing test appointment

We recommend you bring someone along to your hearing test appointment. As bringing a family member or close friend along can help immensely, especially if you are feeling nervous beforehand. Realising that you need the help of The Hearing Clinic UK is the first step when it comes to ensuring that your hearing is checked over and that you get the professional assistance you need. It’s a great way to begin, and you are sure to feel better as soon as you make an appointment to see us.

If you’re wondering why it would be useful to bring someone along, please read on to find out.

Additional Information About Your Hearing Test Appointment

When you come to The Hearing Clinic UK, you’ll be asked a number of questions in your hearing test appointment so that our experts can ascertain exactly what the problem is, and what the cause behind it might be.

When you have a friend there with you, they will be able to offer additional information and insights that you might not have thought about. You might not even notice that you have had to turn the TV up recently, or that you couldn’t hear when the phone was ringing. If they have picked this up, they can let your hearing professional know, and this will help in the diagnosis and treatment.

Realising that you need the help of The Hearing Clinic UK is the first step when it comes to ensuring that your hearing is checked. Contact us today for your hearing test appointment.It Impacts Them

Even if you think that your hearing is your problem and down to you to deal with, your friends and family won’t be thinking that way. Your hearing loss and issues impact them too, and being at your appointment with you will give them the chance to put their own point of view across and air their concerns in a safe, unbiased space.

You might be surprised when you listen to what is being said, and that’s understandable; after all, you will have been thinking of the impact of hearing problems on your own life, and not necessarily on anyone else’s. Understanding that everyone who loves you is involved can help you to make decisions, and help strengthen bonds.

You’ll Be Given A Lot Of Information

There are many different types of hearing aids, and many different potential solutions to your hearing problems. You will, therefore, be given a lot of information at your appointment. Although at The Hearing Clinic UK we strive to make things as easy to understand as possible, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t make sure you had all the facts.

If you bring someone with you there is more chance that all the information will be retained. Plus you can talk through your options with someone who was actually there, and listened to what the experts had to say. This can be a priceless piece of help.


Stress isn’t all bad; sometimes it can be useful, and it has definitely played a part in the evolutionary process

How high stress can lead to hearing loss

How can stress lead to a hearing loss? Well… stress isn’t all bad; sometimes it can be useful, and it has definitely played a part in the evolutionary process. When you are stressed, you are really in the well-known ‘fight or flight’ mode. That means you can think or act quickly, keeping you out of harm’s way. However, when this happens you are meant to then relax and calm down, going back to normal. With long-term, or chronic stress, this come down doesn’t happen, and that’s where the problem lies.

If you suffer from stress there are many different health issues that can follow. Your blood pressure will rise, and this can lead to stroke or a heart attack. You can develop heart conditions or form an ulcer. You might even suffer with depression or anxiety amongst other mental illnesses.

Even your hearing can be affected!

Knowing stress can lead to a hearing loss may not be the first health concern that you have, but it is certainly something to be aware of. It all comes down to your circulation. When your circulatory system is working as it should, the tiny sensor hairs within your inner ear are able to translate the sounds that your outer ear collects, transmit that information to your brain, and you are able to understand what you are hearing.

When you are stressed, your circulatory system is affected, and that in turn affects the hairs within the inner ear. This is called sensorineural hearing loss. The message can’t be translated correctly, and therefore, if it is even sent at all, it isn’t properly understood.

Relaxation is key when it comes to reducing your stress levels, and although it won’t always be easy – it will depend on the situation you are going through – but it is always a good idea to try.

Ideas to reduce stress include:

  • Music
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  • A hobby
  • Exercise
  • A nap
  • Message
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Going for a walk


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4 Reasons Why You Should Never Leave Hearing Loss Untreated

It can be a scary thing to realise that you are suffering from hearing loss. Many people leave their Hearing Loss Untreated. The experts at The Hearing Clinic UK have seen many, many patients, and they are adept at not only diagnosing the problem and treating it, but in calming people too. They are the people to go to if you need advice and help.

Yet this doesn’t always mean that people will want to admit that there is a problem. Whether through pride, fear, or some combination of feelings and issues that can’t really be explained, they put off going to see a hearing specialist. This, however, can have far-reaching consequences.

Senior Friends Enjoying Time OutdoorsIt won’t get better

If you leave hearing loss untreated, in the majority of cases it won’t get better all by itself, and in a lot of the time it will simply get worse without treatment. This will have an impact on your life in general, and will mean that there are things you can no longer do. You won’t be able to enjoy life to the fullest.

Leaving your hearing loss untreated affects your brain

Even if you’re not worried about enjoying every aspect of your life fully – including being able to hear everything – the fact that research has shown that hearing problems directly link to brain atrophy should be alarming. This means that areas of the brain will shrink, and that will make your hearing loss worse. It can also mean that language skills begin to be lost, and you might not be able to comprehend speech as well as you once did. You might not be able to speak yourself.

Isolation

Untreated hearing loss can cause people to become isolated from their friends and family. They might choose to stay at home rather than go somewhere where they know they won’t be able to pick out what their loved ones are saying. They may put off applying for jobs because they know the interview process will be too difficult. Relationships can be damaged and loneliness can become a real problem if hearing loss is left untreated.

Productivity and Income

Finally, jobs are hard to come by. As mentioned above, hearing loss can prevent some people from applying in the first place, but if you already have a job then it can also mean that you end up being a lot less productive than you might otherwise be. Not hearing the phone or being able to engage in conversations is a real drawback and can cause bigger problems, not least of which is your income. Plus, you need to be safe at work – hearing loss in some workplaces can be why accidents occur.