So that’s Christmas done and dusted, New Year celebrated in style and here we are mid-way through January 2016 already.
For most people the Christmas period will have been a busy, yet enjoyable time spent with family and friends. However we recognise that for some this is not the case and that the end of the celebrations will have come as a huge relief.
We are very aware that for people suffering from hearing loss, Christmas can be traumatic. Trying to join in with conversation sitting around a noisy dinner table is distressing, straining to keep up with the chatter of excited Grandchildren can be exhausting and struggling to hear a television, set at a much lower volume than you are used to, is hugely frustrating. Often left feeling too embarrassed to keep saying ‘Pardon?’, ‘Could you repeat that?’ or ‘Can we turn it up a bit please?’ most people with hearing loss end up saying nothing, smiling politely as the noise continues around them and hiding their struggles from those they love.
The New Year brings with it a chance for a fresh start and for many a renewed determination to deal with problems they have been avoiding. Booking a Hearing Assessment with your local Audiologist either through your GP or with a private clinic is the best place to start if you think you may have hearing loss. Treat your hearing like you would your eyes or your teeth and get it checked as soon as possible. Your hearing is so important to your overall quality of life and seeking the right advice now could prevent further deterioration.
At Nantwich Hearing Centre our Hearing Assessments are free of charge and include a detailed discussion about your hearing health, a visual check of your ear and a comprehensive hearing test in our sound proof booth. With all this information we will be able to advise you on what your next step should be. There is no pressure or obligation on your part, just our expertise and support throughout.
So Happy New Year! Happy new hearing! Happy new you! Keep that resolution to do something about your hearing. It could be the most important appointment you make this year and Christmas 2016 may sound very different.
Earwax! It’s not the most pleasant subject matter and not really something most people want to talk about but we do because we think it’s pretty amazing stuff.
Earwax (scientific name is Cerumen) is a combination of Sebum, skin cells from inside the ear, and secretions form the ceruminous glands in the outer ear canal. It may not look the prettiest but it performs a number of important tasks.
Like our nose hair and eyelashes, earwax shields our body from outside invaders such as dust and bacteria that can enter the ear, irritate, inflame and infect. It even keeps out creepy crawlies!
Just as our tears lubricate our eyes, earwax lubricates our ears. Without enough earwax our ears would feel dry, itchy and even painful. You’d soon be crying!
Thanks to earwax our ears are self-cleaning. When you chew or move your jaw, you help to keep earwax churning slowly from the eardrum to the ear opening where it will then dry up, flake off and fall out.
So are you starting to love it just a little bit more?
The downside to this clever substance is that if you produce too much of it or it fails to leave the ear of its own accord you may experience a variety of not very nice symptoms. Ears blocked with wax can cause discomfort, pain, tinnitus, hearing loss and poor performance of hearing aids.
You should never ignore the above symptoms. The longer you leave it the longer the treatment will take and problems will only improve with safe treatment. A word of warning here…..please do not go mad with a cotton bud, which will only push the wax further into the ear canal and make it difficult to remove.
Of course you can see your own GP but if you are struggling to get an appointment or find the service is no longer available we are happy to help.
At Nantwich Hearing Centre we use a method of dry removal and low pressure irrigation to safely and effectively remove ear wax. We are a BSHAA registered centre for clinical ear care and wax removal and can offer appointment times at short notice to suit you.
We recommend that you treat the ear with an olive oil spray for a few days leading up to your appointment. The spray will provide a measured dose easily without the risk of ear discomfort and will aid the removal of wax. We have Earol in stock.
We can then offer you regular ear health checks to avoid future problems.
So we understand you may not want to “talk ear wax” with your family and friends but if you are suffering and no-one else wants to listen come and talk to us!