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About Paul Minikin

Hello, my name is Paul Minikin. I am the managing director / owner of Digital Hearing Care Solutions Ltd. Part of the operation is HAB Hearing, a regional independent hearing aid supplier in the north of England with a large internet based hearing aid accessories element. We supply accessories to the UK, the EU and many locations worldwide. Another major part of the company is FM Hearing Systems, the leading UK supplier of the fantastic Phonak Roger system.

Microsuction vs Irrigation vs Dry Removal

At our audiology clinic in Silsden, West Yorkshire (mid way between Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley) our ear wax removal service uses three methods of ear wax removal – Microsuction, Ear Irrigation and Dry Removal. If you want to understand the difference between microsuction vs irrigation vs dry removal, then read on!

Microsuction vs IrrigationMicrosuction

Microsuction is an ear wax removal technique which is safe, comfortable and pain-free. We use magnifying illuminated loupes to provide a clear view of the ear canal. We then insert a fine low-pressure suction probe into the ear canal to ‘hoover’ out the problematic build up of ear wax. Microsuction is considered the safest method of wax removal when used by a trained professional.

You find microsuction sometimes used in ENT departments and in some private clinics.

Ear Irrigation

Irrigation is an ear wax removal technique that involves a low pressure and controlled steady stream of warm water into the ear canal. This flushes out the build up of wax in the ear canal.

People often refer to irrigation as syringing, which is not quite correct. Ear wax removal by irrigation is via an electronic irrigator which regulates the pressure of water used. It […]

By |2020-06-21T19:33:45+01:00June 20th, 2020|Blog, Ear Wax Removal|Comments Off on Microsuction vs Irrigation vs Dry Removal

Ear Wax Removal General Questions and Answers

Why is there wax in my ears?

Ear wax forms naturally via secretions from glands near the entrance of the ear canal. Ear wax when produced is drawn outwards like a very slow conveyor belt via the skins natural migration process (epithelial migration).

Typically it dries as it reaches the entrance of the ear canal and then drops or flakes out of the ear, often without you noticing. Wearing hearing aids or noise plugs, narrow or hairy ear canals, your diet and environmental factors can all exacerbate problematic build up of wax in the ear canal.

Having an ongoing issue with excessive wax in the ear canal is just the luck of the draw – some people never have any issues all their lives and for others it is an ongoing problem.

Do I need to use oil in my ears before attending your ear wax removal clinic?

Not always, but we would suggest for comfort and to reduce the chance of having to return for a second visit 2-3 days morning and evening is a good idea. If you have been applying for longer that is fine.

Should I do […]

By |2020-06-20T11:49:14+01:00January 27th, 2020|Blog, Ear Wax Removal|Comments Off on Ear Wax Removal General Questions and Answers

Microsuction and Ear Irrigation – Ear Wax Removal

Ear wax removal by microsuction

Microsuction and Ear Irrigation by HAB Hearing

At HAB Hearing, one of the methods of ear wax removal we use is microsuction. In fact, microsuction is our first and preferred choice, if you like the ‘gold standard’. We offer other methods as well where necessary. We also offer ear irrigation and dry removal.

Ear irrigation is the more modern and safer version of ear syringing. Dry removal is removing ear wax and debris manually with an instrument. We sometimes complement microsuction with ear irrigation and dry removal if needed.

What is Microsuction?

We undertake microsuction under magnification with a medical suction device. Hence the term microsuction. A very thin wand type fitting is attached to the end of a suction tube which allows us to gently remove the earwax from the ear canal. A little like a mini vacuum cleaner.

We examine your ear canal under magnification and, using the fine low pressure suction device, safely remove the blockage. Also, using a video otoscope we can show you the condition of the ear before and after the treatment.

Microsuction is the safest and most comfortable method of […]

By |2020-06-20T11:51:30+01:00January 20th, 2020|Blog, Ear Wax Removal|Comments Off on Microsuction and Ear Irrigation – Ear Wax Removal

Ear Wax Removal – The Lowdown

Ear wax removal by microsuction

Ear Wax Removal

At HAB Hearing, based in Silsden, mid way between Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley, we offer an ear wax removal service (amongst a multitude of other hearing loss related services) to compliment what is available locally via NHS provision.

Blocked ear canals is an issue that does not affect everybody. Some find it never happens or is an occasional issue. For some it happens because they are working in a dusty environment regularly. As soon as they change occupation the problem goes away.

Some will find they have a problem for a number of years and it seems to sort itself out and lessen (or increase) over time as the body changes with age.

People that wear hearing aids, ear protection, or anything that means you put something in your ears regularly quite often find that build up of ear wax, skin flakes and other debris becomes an issue.

Ear wax is not a problem (for everyone!)

Ear wax in and of itself is not a problem, it’s actually a *good thing* to have ear wax in your ear canal. It performs a necessary function. Ear wax serves as a natural cleanser […]

By |2020-06-20T11:53:28+01:00January 13th, 2020|Blog, Ear Wax Removal|Comments Off on Ear Wax Removal – The Lowdown

Phonak Roger Pen will help you hear better

Phonak Roger Pen in three coloursWith modern advances in hearing aid technology, how well hearing aids work in the most challenging of acoustic environments have come on in leaps and bounds. However there are still limitations to how much hearing aids alone can help. This is where we can call in the help of a friend called Roger. Meet an important part of Roger – Phonak Roger Pen.

Phonak Roger System

A Phonak Roger system is a bundle of additional pieces of equipment that can be used in conjunction with most existing brands and models of hearing aids. It also works well with most BAHA’s and cochlear implants too.

If you think of it this way, hearing instruments have their limitations, of course they do. Put aside the overblown marketing hyperbole you might read on various websites. Particularly from the various hearing aid manufacturers!

Phonak Roger is equipment that is designed to plug the gaps that can’t be addressed entirely by hearing aids alone.

Phonak Roger Pen

Comprising at least one transmitter and at least one receiver, one of the most popular transmitters available is the Phonak Roger Pen.

It is the heart of a Phonak Roger system. The […]

By |2019-03-24T23:08:36+00:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, Hearing Aid Technology|Comments Off on Phonak Roger Pen will help you hear better