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Why is my hearing aid whistling? If your hearing aid is whistling it means that the sound is escaping rather than being directed fully to your inner ear. Another term for whistling from a hearing aid is feedback. There are a few things that can cause a hearing aid to whistle but the first thing to do is make sure that you have inserted the hearing aid correctly. When  inserted correctly, the ear piece, whether it is an earmould or open fit with a wire, should feel secure inside the ear. If this doesn't stop the whistling then it may be that wax is preventing the sound from passing through and therefore the sound is bouncing back out again. It could also be caused by discharge or an ear infection.        It is beneficial to get your ears examined for wax or infection. You

Jaw Pain or Temporomandibular Disorder. Jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can be caused by several factors. Booking an assessment with your dentist is a good place to start, particularly if it is a longstanding issue. For some people the pain is temporary and using over the counter pain relief can easily alleviate the problem. For others, the dentist may decide that a mouth guard or bite splint is required, especially if you are grinding your teeth at night. A hot or cold press, again on the advice of a physiotherapist or your dentist may be an option. There are links to stress and tension in the jaw and subsequently, it may also be necessary to perform gentle mouth and jaw exercises. Click here for some gentle jaw exercises. However, there is an alternative to mouth guards called Cerezen. Cerezen devices fit neatly

What is ear syringing? Ear syringing is a method of ear wax removal using a syringe of water to dispel any wax from the ear. Irrigation is similar as it also requires water, however, it is performed under a controlled pressure. Ear syringing is available in GP surgeries and is usually performed by the nurse. [caption id="attachment_6202" align="alignleft" width="325"] Impacted ear wax requiring professional removal. This amount of wax would be difficult to remove with ear syringing and would require microsuction instead. Image taken using video otoscopy ear examination.[/caption] Are there any risks with ear syringing? Ear syringing involves using water so there is an increased risk of infections particularly if you are prone to ear infections. For this reason it is also unsuitable for anyone with a perforated ear drum. There is more of a risk of perforating the ear drum as it

Ear Wax Removal-Is it necessary? First, let's start with understanding that ear wax is normal, it is simply a collection of natural oil, dust from our environment, and dead skin, which eventually works its way outwards. So there really isn't a need for those cotton buds. By using a cotton bud you are really just pushing the ear wax further down the ear canal and increasing the chances of it becoming impacted. The last thing you want is a perforated ear drum-yes, it does and can happen. "So how do I relieve that itch?", I hear you say. If there are no pre-existing medical conditions then you can purchase some olive oil ear drops from your local pharmacy. The olive oil will help to relieve any itching and also help draw any wax outwards. If any ear wax is impacted, the olive oil will soften

Get that festival glitter out, those wellington boots packed and your costumes ready, festival season is here for yet another year. Whether it is Glastonbury, V festival, Bestival, Boomtown or Shambala, check out this essential festival packing list and you are well on your way to creating that amazing memory .    The Essential Festival Packing List Tent a good waterproof one is the right idea and if you’ve never set one up before, have a go in your garden or get some tips beforehand Sleeping bag with pillows and blanket you might want an extra blanket, even in the summer it can get pretty cold at night Fleece/jumper for that extra bit of warmth Waterproof jacket we are in the UK after all Socks I don’t know about you, but cold feet are the worst Wellington boots or waterproof boots it

An audiologist's day out in an earmould lab. On the 28th of March I was given the opportunity to visit behind the scenes of the Universal lab based in Stockport. Universal have been making earmoulds since 1966 and have seen the changes from using dental techniques for mould making to the more recent 3D mould making technique. They have a careful process to keep things in order starting with inputting all the orders and highlighting the ones that are priority, ultimately, to keep patients and clients satisfied. Paul, who started off working in dentistry was my very knowledgeable tour  guide for the day. Earmould Making Process 1 We started with observing Steve, who was using coconut shell sized casing in which the ear mould impressions were surrounded with surgical plaster, these are then clamped with a cover to create a pressure over the

This is a story about a mum's journey with her child's hearing loss and cochlear implants. Although PinnaClear don't treat very young children, our aim is to raise awareness of the complex nature of hearing loss and how it affects individuals. To learn more about types of hearing loss click here. Lateef’s Journey. Cochlear Implants and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder. My son Lateef was born 12 weeks early weighing just 2 lb 8 ozs. He spent the first two months of his life in the neonatal unit. Lateef passed the initial screening test before we went home. It wasn’t long after being home that I realised that Lateef wasn’t responding to sound. He only reacted to toys with lights and never responded to the door slamming or sounds like that. I was so worried that one night I hammered a saucepan with a

How does hearing loss affect us as we get older? Just as your sight naturally deteriorates, so does your hearing and age related hearing loss kicks in at around fifty years old, affecting the high frequencies of hearing first. It is quite easy to think that your hearing is OK for a lot longer than it is and here's why:- Your hearing deteriorates relatively slowly over time. You make small changes, for example, you start turning the television up. Maybe you are leaning in to hear what's being said. You may also start reading facial expressions more. It is quite common for family and friends to notice you have a hearing loss first. Remember, if you are turning the TV up and they have normal hearing, they will start to see the signs. They may also have to start raising their voice

Ten Reported Signs of Hearing Loss Do you think you might be losing your hearing? Or perhaps you've noticed that a loved one is struggling to hear. Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons such as illness, trauma, medication or natural deterioration. We can probably all relate to walking into a family members house and the TV is blaring. Here are just a few of those things patients with a hearing loss might say.  Here are ten things that might be signs of a hearing loss:   " I  have to ask people to repeat what they are saying" " My daughter says the TV is too loud". " I can't hear the phone or doorbell ringing". "I have to lean in to hear what is being said, especially when there is a lot going on". " I can hear better when