Ear wax protects the skin of the ear from water and infection. It forms and naturally moves out of the ear canal, carrying dead skin cells with it.
Unfortunately, ear wax is the most common cause of hearing aid malfunction. Therefore regular hearing aid maintenance and management of ear wax is very important.
Using cotton buds increases the risk of perforating the eardrum and the ear wax is pushed further down the ear canal. We strongly recommend against using cotton buds, hair pins, and similar devices to clean the ear.
Our audiologists can advise you on the best management option for your ear wax. This may involve softening the ear wax with oil based drops or having it removed by our audiologist or a doctor.
If you have a perforation in your eardrum, then no water or oil based products should be used and the ear wax should only be removed by an Ear Specialist doctor.
Tinnitus is a condition, experienced as noises or ringing in the ears or head, when no external physical noise is present. It is often described as a buzzing, whistling, roaring, or humming sound. Approximately 20 percent of Australians suffer from some degree of tinnitus, varying from mild to severe however the percentage of people who are severely affected is small. Tinnitus is not a disease in itself. It is a symptom of a fault in the hearing system, which includes the ears and the brain. Some common causes of tinnitus are Meniere’s disease (increased fluid in the inner ear), exposure to loud sounds, certain prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Tinnitus can be extremely debilitating, affecting peoples’ ability to work or cope with normal life activities. People with tinnitus may suffer from extreme distress, depression, anxiety, frustration and sleep problems. It is common for tinnitus to fluctuate with stress or tiredness.
If you think you have symptoms of tinnitus, it is important to consult your doctor, an audiologist or an ear specialist doctor. They will be able to establish whether there is any underlying treatable cause of tinnitus.
Our audiologists can help you successfully manage your tinnitus to the point where it is no longer a debilitating problem.
In the presence of a hearing loss, appropriate hearing devices can reduce your perception of tinnitus by improving your hearing and reducing the strain of listening. Tinnitus maskers generate a sound to mask the sound of the tinnitus. Many hearing devices today include an optional tinnitus masker which can be enabled if needed.
Hearing loss is usually permanent, therefore hearing protection is an important part of hearing health. Hearing Innovations offers a range of hearing protection options.
Musician’s earplugs for musicians, sound crew, DJ’s, bands or orchestras. These filtered ear plugs reduce sounds by up to 25 decibels while preserving the natural sound quality of the music.
Industrial protection for any worker exposed to loud industrial noises, such as construction workers or heavy equipment operators. These earplugs can protect workers’ hearing by reducing dangerously loud noises by up to 25 decibels.
Water protection is ideal for swimmers or surfers who have a history of ear infections or have a perforated eardrum and need to keep water out of the ear canal.