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 really. Oil is historically recommended to soften wax for ear syringing / irrigation. It is generally not required prior to microsuction, which is our preferred method of removal and the ‘Gold Standard’. A small percentage of people need to be sent […]

By |2020-01-25T10:59:47+00:00January 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 but it’s a bit messy. It usually needs a few days of olive oil. Microsuction does not. 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.

Usually micro suction does not need pre-treatment with oil or drops – no mess!

We examine your ear canal under magnification and, using the fine low pressure suction device, safely […]

By |2020-01-25T11:03:02+00:00January 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, West Yorkshire 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 as it moves out of […]

By |2020-01-25T10:51:50+00:00January 13th, 2020|Blog, Ear Wax Removal|Comments Off on Ear Wax Removal – The Lowdown

Rechargeable Hearing Aids | The Low Down

Phonak Audeo B Rechargeable Hearing AidsWe have noticed recently that we are getting a lot of enquiries from people browsing our website looking for information about rechargeable hearing aids.

The idea being that with rechargeable hearing aids you avoid the cost of replacing your hearing aid batteries ongoing. Also perhaps the fiddly nature of replacing batteries regularly. We thought it was high time to write an overview. To highlight the various rechargeable hearing aids from all the hearing aid manufacturers in the UK.

Different types of rechargeable hearing aids

There are two main types of rechargeable hearing aids currently available.

  • Z Power silver zinc. With an interchangeable battery where you can use a replaceable rechargeable hearing aid battery or a standard zinc air hearing aid battery as required.
  • Lithium Ion. With a rechargeable battery that is fully integrated into the hearing aid with no option to change yourself.

Pros and cons of the different types

The Z Power interchangeable battery has a key benefit. If you forget to charge your hearing aids or if you don’t have power to charge them you can use a standard zinc air hearing aid battery until you get back home. The […]

By |2019-04-12T15:16:12+01:00April 2nd, 2019|Blog, Hearing - General|Comments Off on Rechargeable Hearing Aids | The Low Down

Invisible Hearing Aids – the things you might want to know

IIC invisible hearing aid on a fingerHello all, we regularly receive enquiries via our website for people requesting information about addressing their hearing loss. Sometimes people are looking to upgrade their existing hearing aids. A really common request we hear with enquiries is for ‘invisible hearing aids’.

‘Invisible’ translates in hearing aid speak as ‘IIC’, an acronym for ‘invisible in canal’. This desire for invisible hearing aids seems to crop up more with people new to hearing aids. When people have worn hearing aids for a few years or more the focus often moves more towards the performance aspect of hearing aid technology with less emphasis on the cosmetic aspect…. but not always.

The factors to consider when looking into IIC invisible hearing aids

In the supply of IIC hearing aids there are factors to consider when you ask for our advice as hearing professionals.  Whether IIC hearing aids are suitable and appropriate for you as an individual depends on a number of factors including but not limited to;

  • Your type and level of hearing loss.
  • The shape and size of your ear canals (narrow, bendy or very waxy ear canals can rule out […]
By |2019-04-03T08:28:23+01:00March 23rd, 2019|Blog, Hearing - General|Comments Off on Invisible Hearing Aids – the things you might want to know

Tinnitus and some useful information about it

What is Tinnitus

Tinnitusis an internal sound others can not hear

Tinnitus can be defined as- “ringing or buzzing in the ears”. It can also be described as a hissing, clicking or roaring sound. Some have even reported it sounded like music being played in the distance.

It happens when we hear a sound that does not come from any source outside the body. Only the person who has tinnitus can hear it. Tinnitus and hearing loss typically are co-present, but not always. You can experience it with no hearing loss at all.

It can present in both or just one ear and can vary in pitch and severity. Often most noticeable at night or during periods of quiet where no competing noise is present to mask it. It can be temporary, or it can be chronic and persistent.

Tinnitus is very common

It affects approximately six million people in the UK at present. Around ten percent of the UK’s population! Approximately half find it moderately or severely distressing. Complaints of intrusiveness, emotional stress, insomnia, poor work performance and difficulties with concentration are not uncommon.

It often comes hand in hand with a hearing loss, although there can be other […]

By |2019-03-25T20:43:54+00:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, Hearing - General|Comments Off on Tinnitus and some useful information about it

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