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Blocked Ears

Blocked Ears?

About an earwax build-up

Earwax is produced inside your ears to keep them clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears.

What can cause an earwax build-up?

Some people regularly get blocked ears because they naturally produce a lot of earwax.

Other factors that can increase the risk of too much earwax include:

  • producing naturally hard or dry earwax
  • having narrow or hairy ear canals (the tube between the opening of the ear and the eardrum)
  • being elderly, as earwax becomes drier with age
  • bony growths in the outer part of the ear canal

Earwax can also block your ear if you frequently insert objects into your ear canal, such as cotton buds, ear plugs, in ear speakers and hearing aids.

Symptoms

A build-up of earwax in your ear can cause:

  • earache
  • hearing loss
  • tinnitus (hearing sounds from inside your body)
  • itchiness in or around the ear
  • vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • ear infections

These problems will usually improve once the excess earwax has been removed.

What to do if you think your ear is blocked

Never try to remove a build-up of earwax yourself with your fingers, a cotton bud or any other object. This can damage your ear and push the wax further down.

Contact us via the phone or via email to book an appointment with our Audiologist as they will be able to advise on the treatment needed and in most cases remove the ear wax for you on first appointment. Many suggest using ear drops however we suggest not to do this prior to your appointment as this can make removal harder and take longer.

Don’t try to scrape out the earwax with your finger or an object inserted into your ear, as this this can make the problem worse.

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Hyperacusis

Hyperacusis is a life-altering hearing condition that causes one to experience loudness intolerance or increased sensitivity to noise. It’s typically a condition that someone is not born with but develops, either gradually or suddenly

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be defined as a sound or sounds that can be heard which are not from an external source. This can be the sound of whistling, ringing or even like tyre pressure releasing. Tinnitus is subjective and diverse to each individual.

The diversity of Tinnitus can range from:
* Pitch – Low, high or multiple tones
* Consistency – Continuous, intermittent, trigger based
*Pulsatile – Sound of your heartbeat or pulse
*Onset – Sudden or gradual
* Sounds – single, multiple or fluctuating


At Comlete Eyecare and Hearing Care, we understand that Tinnitus can be bothersome and provide a barrier to your lifestyle. Here, we provides a range of innovative Tinnitus treatments to assess your needs and find the best therapy for you.

Our specialist audiologist can provide an assessment and devise a suitable treatment plan for your Tinnitus, Hearing loss and Hyperacusis, using evidence based therapies that are showing positive results to Tinnitus Rehabilitation

Tinnitus is investigated during our comprehesive diagnostics apointments. Call us to book in today.

£69.00 consultation fee

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