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Hearing Loss Prevention

What can you do?

Hearing loss is a gradual and normal part of the ageing process. However, excessive noise is still the primary cause. Permanent hearing loss can occur almost instantly with unprotected exposure to certain sounds.

Childrens HearingTo protect yourself from noise:

  • If the sound level at work exceeds 85dB, reduce the noise level or wear hearing protection.
  • Lower the volume of your television, stereo and iPod. Take special care if you use headphones or earbuds.
  • Be careful not to turn up your car stereo volume too loudly to compensate for noise from the engine or the wind.
  • Wear custom noise filters or solid earplugs if you go to rock concerts or nightclubs, and don’t stand near loud speakers.
  • Wear noise-cancelling headphones or solid earplugs if you use noisy equipment such as drills, lawnmowers, etc.

To avoid damage from foreign objects:

  • Don’t use cotton swabs to clean your ears. Doing so may push wax down onto your eardrum and can increase the production of wax and/or damage the eardrum.
  • Avoid washing with unclean water to prevent ear infections.

What are decibels?

Decibels (dB) measure the intensity of sound: from 0dB, which is the faintest sound the human ear can detect, to the noise of a rocket during launch, which can exceed 180dB.

Experts typically consider exposure to more than 85dB to be dangerous, which means things like motorcycles, headphones and lawnmowers have potential to lead to permanent hearing loss.




Nantwich Besieged Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Besieged Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

“Nantwich Besieged,” an exhibition recalling the English Civil War in this locality, has opened at Nantwich Museum and will run until Saturday 17 September. Mayor of Nantwich Town Council, Councillor Andrew Martin supported by Councillor Norma Simpson, opened the exhibition and Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, unveiled one of the centrepieces, a mural depicting the scene in the town square as the townspeople prepared for attack by the Royalists. David Pritchard of Applewood Independent, who sponsored a large scale model depicting for the first time the scene on the day of the Battle of Nantwich: 25 January 1644, also contributed to the event.

Prepared and installed by the museum’s Research Group the exhibition examines some of the local realities of the war reflecting the conflicting views of the Crown, Parliament, religious interests and a general reluctance towards the conflict.

Life in the Parliamentary garrison town is examined through the eyes of four fictional characters, a lady from the upper echelons of society, a felt maker, and two young people who variously comment on aspects of life at the time. The exhibition outlines the key trades in the town, identifies the key characters of the conflict, how it developed, how the town defended itself and various events in the lead up to the siege and its relief through the Battle of Nantwich.

The time is illustrated through lavish illustrations prepared by museum artist, Les Pickford, including a mural depicting the scene in the town square as the threat of siege became real accompanied by an audio visual developed by museum photographer Paul Topham. A further dimension is provided through displays of artefacts of the time, replicas and authentic clothing. Thomas Malbon was a lawyer who wrote a diary of local events during the Civil War. That diary still exists and is a key exhibit in the exhibition enabling visitors to read for themselves some of the events as recorded by the hand of one who witnessed first hand the siege and relief of Nantwich. There is something for everyone with a variety of activities. A series of talks considering various aspects of the conflict include a Battlefield Walk and Talk, Maps and Models, Coin Hoards, Events at Barthomley, Sir William Brereton and Stained Glass, some local examples of which depict the Civil War. Three town walks will focus on Civil War events.



Nantwich Library to stage summer of events in school holidays

Nantwich Library to stage summer of events in school holidays

Nantwich Library has unveiled its programme of summer events to keep youngsters entertained in summer holidays. It all starts this Monday (July 25) when 6-11 year olds are invited to “Revolting Rhymes” workshop with Helen Chapman, 10-11am.

On Thursday August 4, 4-8 year olds can go to a “Bottle Your Dreams” craft event inspired by Roald Dahl’s BFG, from 11am-12pm.

“Owl Friends” with Pamela Graham is aimed at 4-12 years olds on Monday August 8 10am-12pm. Children can make owls and face paint, £2 per child.

On August 18 and August 25, 4-12 year olds can attend the “Wonderful Chocolate” workshop, from 11am-12pm on both days.

There are Cartoon Academy workshops on July 28 and August 11, 2pm-3pm, aimed at 6-11 year olds.

And on Tuesday August 23, from 5-6pm,5-10 year olds can attend the ‘Big Friendly Lego Factory’ event.

The events are all part of the library’s latest ‘Big Friendly Summer Read’ challenge.

To reserve event tickets or renew items, contact the Beam Street library on 01270 375361 or email

Meanwhile, Nantwich’s Oxfam shop is staging a treasure hunt for a special summer read which kicks off the book month.

A signed copy by one of the country’s favourite authors is hidden among the shelves full of scorching summer reads.

There are current bestsellers, travel guides and children’s books on offer.

Funds from sales help Oxfam’s work to fight poverty around the world.

Val Richards, shop manager, said: “Come in and browse our huge and affordable range of books on a wide range of subjects.

“Our knowledgeable helpers can provide personal recommendations if needed, and you can buy a summer’s worth of reading very cheaply.”

A recent unusual donation to the Pepper Street shop has resulted in a module of hundreds of books on Politics (British, Russian, American and World).



Hearing Loss Myths

Hearing Loss Myths

Myths about hearing loss are plentiful!  Medical research has made living with health conditions easier, and recovering from them much more common.  Yet, conditions regarding our senses, and particularly our hearing, still seem surrounded by myths. These myths hold back diagnosis and treatment, especially when a condition is thought to be inevitable or that nothing can be done.

“Myths can’t be translated as they did in their ancient soil.  We can only find our own meaning in our own time,” said Margaret Atwood.  How true this is!  Because myths are normally based in fact.  But old fact.  Rooted in the past without change that comes when new information is learned.

According to “Healthy Hearing,” there are five myths people associate with hearing loss.  They are:

  • Hearing loss only impacts the elderly.
  • Primary care doctors will diagnosis hearing loss.
  • If hearing loss is only in one ear, then it’s not really hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids will restore hearing to what it was before.
  • There’s nothing that really can be done about hearing loss.

The best way to debunk a myth is with accurate information, so we look at these myths and provide what is known about them:


In fact, 5 out of every 1,000 babies born each year are born with hearing deficits. And, because of noise induced hearing loss, 16% of teens experience hearing loss.  Surprisingly, to most, over 50% of people with hearing loss are under the age of 65. Hearing loss is not your grandparents’ concern – it’s everyone’s.

The Doctor’s Visit

Going to the doctor for that annual office visit, or even a sick visit might leave one with the false belief that any hearing loss will be picked up.  Usually, that visit will start with the doctor looking into the patient’s ears.  But hearing loss can’t be diagnosed, in most cases, by sight, even with an otoscope. Often, the doctor may not even question the patient about changes in hearing.  Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss, according to the Centre for Hearing and Communication. So, if patients are experiencing ringing in the ears, or a loss in hearing, they should be sure to mention this to their physician so further audiology tests can be ordered. A hearing care practitioner or audiologist has special equipment and testing methods that go beyond a cursory examination. The diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss is a medical specialty and a referral to a specialist is appropriate to ask for.

One ear

Losing the sense of hearing in one ear is not to be ignored.  And no, the ears won’t “balance out.”  Balance can be affected; vertigo can set in; people are more likely to fall or have other non-hearing complications.  If hearing goes uncorrected (such as clearing out an acute buildup of wax) the ear – or the brain – can actually forget how to hear certain sounds.  So, regular hearing tests and getting attention for any suspected hearing loss – in one or both ears – is mandatory to have hearing loss restored, if possible. If a hearing aid is needed, more than likely there will be two, and they will work together to amplify and direct sound.

Hearing Aids

Another myth is that hearing aids won’t help. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Disorders (NIDCD), “Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells.”

As technology improves, hearing aids are making a dramatic difference in restoring this sense that effects so many parts of the body and quality of life.  It is true that while most times hearing aids can increase hearing dramatically, they will not return hearing to its once perfect state.

Nothing Can Be Done

While hearing aids won’t restore, in most cases, perfect hearing, there is so much that can be done.  The person experiencing hearing loss may not even need a hearing aid – it could be a medication adjustment, a medical condition, ear wax removal, or a structural situation that can be corrected with surgery.

Here are a few other other myths. 

Hearing aids are grossly expensive.  Not true – though the newer the technology and the smaller the hearing aid the more likely the price will be higher.
Shouting at someone who can’t hear well will help them hear you – not true.  That often worsens the situation with sound become garbled and muffled.  Louder is not necessarily clearer.
Hearing aids will make sounds too loud.  Again, not true – while sounds might seem amplified due to long periods of not hearing well – soon you will adjust to hearing normally again.
And, finally, if someone has a hearing impairment, they’d certainly know about it.  The fact is hearing loss is subtle and gradual, in most cases.  Our bodies adapt to a new normal and only professional screening can determine if hearing loss is happening.

Perhaps the biggest misnomer is that “mild” hearing loss has a “mild” impact on the person. According to, “Mild hearing losses do not have mild consequences. A consequence of mild hearing loss is reduced audibility resulting in reduced speech intelligibility in general, but especially in noise and over distance. Another consequence is increased listening fatigue with the risk of affecting social life.”



Loud Music And Increasing Use Of Headphones Risks Deafness In Later Life

Loud Music And Increasing Use Of Headphones Risks Deafness In Later Life

Loud music and the increasing use of headphones for personal devices and consoles means children and teens are risking deafness in later life

The number of teenagers with hearing damage caused by loud music has hit an alarming level, experts warn.

Detailed tests on 170 students aged 11 to 17 showed almost all engaged in “risky listening habits” at parties, clubs and on personal devices.

More than a quarter of them were already experiencing chronic, persistent tinnitus – a ringing or buzzing in the ears that more typically affects people over 50.

Study co-author Drr Larry Roberts, of McMaster University in Canada, said: “It’s a growing problem and I think it’s going to get worse.

“My personal view is that there is a major public health challenge coming down the road in terms of difficulties with hearing .”

Further testing of the same subjects – all students at the same school in Sao Paulo, Brazil – showed that even though they could still hear as well as their peers, those experiencing tinnitus were more likely to have a significantly reduced tolerance for loud noise.

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This is considered a sign of hidden permanent damage to the nerves that are used in processing sound, damage that can foretell serious hearing impairment later in life.

Dr Roberts said that when the auditory nerves are damaged, brain cells increase their sensitivity to their remaining inputs, which can make ordinary sounds seem louder.

Increased loudness perception is an indication of nerve injury that cannot be detected by the audiogram, the standard clinical test for hearing ability.

Research indicates that such “hidden hearing loss” caused by exposure to loud sounds in early life deepens over the years, worsening a person’s hearing ability later in life.

Dr Roberts said the only solution is prevention.

“The levels of sound exposure that are quite commonplace in our environment, particularly among youth, appear to be sufficient to produce hidden cochlear injuries,” he said.

“The message is, ‘Protect your ears.’”



Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in Nantwich with a free concert and tea party

Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in Nantwich with a free concert and tea party

The Queen’s official 90th birthday will be celebrated in Nantwich with a tea party and free concert at St Mary’s Church.

On Sunday (June 12), pensioners born in 1926, or who are already aged 90 or over, are invited to attend an afternoon tea party at Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital Street from 3.30-5.30pm where there will be entertainment as well as light refreshments and a birthday cake.

Shaun Cafferty, director of Martin & Co, is one of the organisers and said: “We still have a few spaces left, so if you know anyone from Nantwich and the surrounding area of the right age who might like to come along, please get in touch.

“Carers can of course accompany these elderly guests. You can contact the Martin & Co office in Nantwich, St Mary’s Church, Nantwich Town Council or Redshift Radio.”

He added: “We did invite the country’s most well-known 90-year-old, but unfortunately Her Majesty was already committed to another party taking place on The Mall in London.

“However, she sends her best wishes, and hopes that everyone will enjoy themselves.”

Shaun said Cheshire’s Lord Lieutenant will instead make a brief speech prior to a free concert at St Mary’s Church, which starts at 7pm and is expected to finish around 9.30pm.

He added: “We wanted the event to be inclusive for all of Nantwich, and for as many local people as possible to enjoy this once in a lifetime moment.

“With the support of volunteers, local councils, and local businesses, we have been able to stage it without any entry cost.

“The Queen’s concert will review the life of the Queen by staging music and dancing from all nine decades of the Queen’s life. That will be followed by a mini ‘Last Night of the Proms’ when a range of national songs will be played, and we hope people will join in and wave their flags.”

At the end of the concert people are invited to congregate in the town centre to sing ‘happy birthday’, led by Nantwich’s Town Crier.

The lighting of the Nantwich beacon, which is saved for royal occasions, will also take place, with the event concluding with a display by Blitz Fireworks at about 10pm.

Admission to the concert is on a first come, first served basis. To book a place for the tea party, call 01270 440750.

See the full article here at Crewe Chronicle


5 Things Treating Hearing Loss Says About You

5 Things Treating Hearing Loss Says About You

Treating Hearing Loss – What Does It Say About You?

Are you brushing off a hearing problem because you’re afraid it might say the wrong thing about you?  Well think again. Research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids enjoy a better overall quality of life. In fact, you just may be surprised and inspired by these five things that treating hearing loss says about you.

You’re a go-getter

Research has found that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to tackle problems actively. Addressing hearing loss shows self-assurance and a willingness to deal with issues head-on. Most hearing aid users in the workforce even say it has helped their performance on the job.

You value your relationships.

Healthy relationships rest largely on good communication. Treating hearing loss lets close family and friends know that you want to stay connected and involved in your relationships with them. Most people who currently wear hearing aids say it not only helps their overall ability to communicate effectively in most situations, but it also has a positive effect on their relationships. And they’re more likely to have a strong social network.

You like to be active.

If you enjoy an active lifestyle, you’re not going to let untreated hearing loss stop you. Treating hearing loss means you have every intention of keeping up the pace of a fulfilling life. In fact, people with hearing difficulty who use hearing aids get more pleasure in doing things and are even more likely to exercise and meet up with friends to socialise, research by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) shows.

You love living life.

The more exuberance you have for life, the less likely it is you’ll let untreated hearing loss get in your way. When you address hearing loss, you let the world know you love living life, and you’re going to live it with gusto. Research even shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in life.

You’re tech savvy and make the most of what modern life has to offer.

Sleek and cutting-edge, today’s wireless hearing aids are a front-runner in personal consumer electronics. At its best, technology offers solutions, enriches life, and makes us more efficient. Today’s modern hearing aids do all three. When you invest in your hearing health by using state-of-the-art hearing aids, you make it clear that you’re a present-day thought leader ready to reap the rewards that modern technology has to offer. It also means you’re up-to-date on the tremendous advances in hearing aid technology.

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Hearing Aids Help with Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Hearing Aids Help with Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Hearing loss has been linked to a number of other health concerns in recent years, especially to cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Adults with hearing loss are two to five times more likely to develop dementia when compared to adults with normal hearing.

A direct link between hearing aid use and cognitive decline

A recent study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has found a direct correlation between hearing aid use and cognitive decline performance in older adults (aged 80 to 99) with hearing loss. The study also indicates that older adults with hearing loss who used hearing aids performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid.

The goal of the study was to determine if hearing aids could slow the effects of aging on cognitive function. Dr. Anil K. Lawlwani, professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at CUMC and otolaryngologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/CUMC and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, said the following of their findings: “Our study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication.”

CUMC’s study further supports the notion that hearing loss impacts neurological elements as we age. In 2014, researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging used information from the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging to look at the differences in brain changes between adults with normal hearing and adults with hearing loss. Analysis of the participants’ MRIs over the years showed that participants with hearing loss had accelerated rates of brain atrophy compared to those with normal hearing.

More specifically, “Overall, the scientists report, those with impaired hearing lost more than an additional cubic centimetre of brain tissue each year compared with those with normal hearing. Those with impaired hearing also had significantly more shrinkage in particular regions, including the superior, middle and inferior temporal gyri, brain structures responsible for processing sound and speech.”

Hearing loss is not uncommon today, and in older adults, hearing health is key.

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Happy New Hearing!

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.



Get An Earful Of This

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!