Here at the Devon Ear Clinic we like to keep on top of the latest apps and knowledge re hearing and anything ear related.
Below is an interesting development with a personalised way to listen to your TV using an app. Of course to use the app and benefit your ears need to be cleaned from any earwax that is present and this is where we can help. Book an appointment here online or call to get your best reception from this very useful app.
Mimi announced the release of the new Mimi TV Hearing Test App. With this new, updated version users can test their hearing at home on their TV, according to the company’s announcement. The Mimi TV App provides sound personalisation based on individual needs and preferences according to the user’s hearing profile and, optionally, year of birth.
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Mimi TV Group Mode is a new feature allowing users to create multiple hearing profiles to personalise sound while watching in groups. This helps enable multiple additional users, for example family members and friends, to experience their Favourite movies and shows with “the best possible sound according to their personal hearing profile,” the company says.
Personalised audio enables those who have hearing loss to have a better sound experience and give more clarity on sound, based on their individual hearing needs.
With Mimi Sound Personalisation on their TV, users are “completely in control of the sound experience, rather than just controlling the volume.” Now, a group of people with completely different hearing profiles can finally watch TV together without anyone ever missing anything again, Mimi says.
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For users that already have their personal Mimi Hearing ID created, they will still be able to apply sound personalisation to their TV by sending their Hearing ID to their device via the Mimi App.
Find out more about the new Mimi TV App. Mimi’s Sales Team is happy to answer questions anytime.
Mimi is building a digital well-being platform that “bridges the gap between hearing well-being and the best personalised listening experience.”
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How to Get relief from itchy ears, It is almost impossible to ignore an itch anywhere on the body and the problem becomes even more distressing if it occurs in areas that are hard to reach or view. An itch in your ears is a good case in point.
Common Causes of Itchy Ears
The most frequent cause of itchy ears is irritation in the lining of the outer ear canal, such as a form of eczema. (1) This can be caused by water getting trapped or an infection in the ear.
Once the itch has started, it can be hard to eradicate. A number of factors can make your ears itchy, which include:
Wax buildup, which can cause water to become trapped in the outer ear canal, consequently irritating the lining of the ear canal and causing inflammation, with the classic symptom of itchiness
Ear Cleaning: Dos and Don’ts
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Your ears are self-cleaning organs that naturally expel the excess wax and other impurities settled in the ear canal.
Thus, there is no need to use ear-cleaning tools such as cotton buds and Q-tips, which will only push the wax further inside and might even damage the delicate inner lining of the ear or the eardrum.
However, if you feel like your ears are clogged, unclean, or scratchy due to cerumen buildup, you can use your shower on a cool setting to irrigate the ear from the outside or go swimming.
It is best if you consult your ear, nose and throat surgeon, who will use a microscope and gentle suction to remove the wax.
Preventive Measures for Itchy Ears
People who are prone to itchy ears should adopt the following measures to keep their ears clean, dry, and itch-free:
The critical thing with itchy ears is to avoid getting water trapped in the ear and to have some mild steroid cream available to use at night. So, when you are swimming or showering, consider using earplugs if you are prone to itchy ears.
You can also effectively keep your ear dry by placing a ball of cotton wool rubbed in Vaseline into the bowl of your outer ear.
Regularly have your ears checked by an ear, nose and throat surgeon to make sure your ear canal is not blocked.
A mild steroid cream applied to the ear canal at night is usually very effective in treating itchy ears. This can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, although stronger creams will need a prescription from your ear, nose, and throat surgeon.
Do Any Food Items Lead to Itchy Ears?
Food allergy very rarely causes ear itching, although it is a common cause of skin eczema, especially in the young.
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Relation Between Itchy Ears and Sore Throat
The throat and ear are inextricably linked by the same nerve supply, mainly the glossopharyngeal nerve. A sore throat can be felt like a sore ear, but the itchiness can be another way of interpreting this referred pain.
Itchy Ears in the Wake of a Common Cold
The common cold can cause disordered ear sensation, including itchiness, due to the inflammation of the nose. Such inflammation causes a blockage, which directly affects the function of the Eustachian tube.
The Eustachian tube runs from the back of the nose to the ears on each side. If the tube is blocked, then the ears become blocked, which can also be interpreted as itchiness.
Dizziness Related to Itchy Ears
The ears have two primary functions: hearing and balance sensation.
Any problem in any part of the ear can trigger the general feeling that the ear is not working properly. This can cause slight hearing loss, mild dizziness, and tinnitus (ringing/noises in the ear).
Itchy Ears During Pregnancy
Pregnancy often sets off a condition called pregnancy rhinitis, wherein swelling and blockage occur in the nose.
This can cause blockage of the Eustachian tube with subsequent ear blockage and itchiness.
Use Your Own Earphones
Itchy ears are not infective, so using someone else’s earphones is not a problem.
However, it is always better to use your own as everybody has their own set of bugs in the ears, even in healthy ears. You wouldn’t use a spoon that someone else has licked, would you?
Beneficial Oils for Treating Itchy Ears
Some oils can help relieve itchiness in the ear canals, just like they can help ease skin itchiness. Olive oil, for instance, has been found useful in this regard. (4)
Don’t Put Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ears
It is not a good idea to use hydrogen peroxide in the ear, as it is quite a reactive and irritant compound.
You may use sodium bicarbonate ear drops, which help to disperse wax. Otherwise, oil-based liquids such as olive oil are well tolerated and help to soothe the irritated skin of the ear canal. (4)
Avoid Artificial Ear Jewellery
Ear itchiness when wearing ear jewellery is usually caused by contact dermatitis, mainly due to the nickel in the jewellery. In this situation, it is best to buy solid silver or gold jewellery.
An itch in the ear can be extremely uncomfortable and impossible to ignore, but a lot of people make the condition worse by poking their ear with sharp objects, such as cotton buds, bobby pins, coat hangers, and toothpicks, to quell the itch.
As difficult it is to resist the urge to scratch, you must realise that your ear cavity is extremely sensitive, which can incur severe trauma through the abrasive rubbing action of invasive tools.
Moreover, the thrusting of these objects can push the naturally occurring cerumen (earwax) deep into the ear canal and even damage or perforate the eardrum. Thus, you have to be extremely gentle and cautious when handling the inside of your ear.
If the itch is persistent, consult an ENT specialist to determine the underlying cause and then seek appropriate treatment.
The Devon Ear Clinic is based in Torrington and close to Barnstaple, Holsworthy, Bude, South Molton, Bideford, Hatherleigh. We specialise in ear wax removal using Microsuction
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Located in Torrinton a few minutes drive from Barnstaple, the Devon ear clinic normally has appointments available daily.
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The ear canal is lined with sebaceous and ceruminous glands that produce a greasy, viscous substance called cerumen, more commonly known as earwax.
This oily secretion lubricates the ear canal and forms a protective covering over the delicate skin of the inner ear to trap invading germs, dust, and other irritants. Moreover, it serves as a medium for carrying dead skin cells and dust out of the ear.
Earwax is vital for the health of your ears but it can be a problem if it is secreted in excess amounts or accumulates over time.
Why Does Earwax Accumulate?
Earwax naturally migrates from the back of the ear canal toward the ear opening, assisted by the constant jaw motions while talking, chewing, and yawning. Once it reaches the ear opening, earwax dries up, turns flaky, and falls out of the ear on its own.
Any disruption in this natural migratory process can lead to the progressive buildup and hardening of cerumen within the ear canal known as impaction.
An overproduction of cerumen can also overwhelm the self-cleaning mechanism of the ear and cause an earwax buildup or blockage. (1)
Causes of Earwax Buildup/Blockage
The following factors can lead to the buildup and impaction of cerumen, resulting in an ear blockage:
Certain ear infections such as swimmer’s ear can cause a narrowing of the outer ear canal due to inflammation and can pave the way for earwax accumulation.
Your doctor decides the appropriate treatment after examining the extent of earwax impaction and ruling out an ear infection or a pierced or perforated eardrum.
The standard treatment options for earwax removal include:
1. Ear drops
OTC hydrogen peroxide or enzyme-containing ear drops can be administered daily for a few days to dissolve the impacted earwax so that it can move more easily out of the ear canal.
2. Ear irrigation
This process involves flushing your ear canal with a controlled, pressurised flow of warm water to dislodge and expel the impacted/excess earwax.
Although ear irrigation can be done using a metal syringe, an electronic ear irrigator is a safer and medically preferred option. (3)
Microsuction is a slightly discomforting but largely painless medical procedure that requires the patient to stay very still as the earwax is suctioned out of the cavity.
The doctor may also use a small device such as a curette or a cerumen spoon to manually remove the impacted wax, usually when all the other methods have failed.
How Is Earwax Blockage Diagnosed?
Diagnosing an ear blockage involves the following steps:
1. Medical history
Your ENT doctor or otologist will first review your medical history and symptoms.
2. Ear exam
The doctor will then look inside your ear cavity through a magnifying tool called an otoscope for any sign of impacted earwax.
3. Banji’s test
Sometimes the impaction is so severe that it clogs the entire ear canal such that the doctor is unable to see through it and has to resort to other diagnostic techniques such as Banji’s test.
It involves pulling the pinna, or the outermost part of the visible ear, making room for the sound to travel through the congested ear canal and momentarily improving the patient’s hearing. However, if there is no improvement in sound perception, impaired hearing may be due to something other than cerumen impaction. (4)
The following risk factors can make you increasingly predisposed to developing an earwax-induced blockage:
Certain anatomical features such as a narrow or underdeveloped ear canal can make you prone to earwax buildup.
Some people, such as those of East Asian descent, produce a less fluid form of cerumen that is more likely to clump and form a blockage.
This condition is more common in people with a history of impacted earwax and recurrent ear infections.
People with excessive hair growth in the ear canals have a higher likelihood of developing earwax blockages.
People tend to secrete harder and drier earwax as they get older, which is then more prone to impaction.
Earwax blockage due to cerumen accumulation/impaction can lead to the following complications if it is not treated properly or if it escalates to a serious degree:
Middle ear infection
Outer ear infection such as swimmer’s ear
Vertigo characterised by dizziness and disorientation, typically when the earwax gets pushed against the eardrum or tympanic membrane
Persistent tinnitus, marked by a ringing or buzzing sound in your ear
When to See a Doctor
Prompt medical assistance is particularly warranted if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Severe vertigo that can disrupt your body balance to such a degree that it becomes difficult for you to walk
Sudden loss of hearing
Yellow or green pus-like discharge from the ear canal
Acute ear pain or bleeding after inserting an ear cleaning object into the affected ear canal
Your ear is a self-cleaning organ that gradually but systematically eliminates the old earwax. Thus, deep cleaning your ears is not required unless there is enough earwax buildup to cause symptoms such as earache or hearing problems.
There are some self-care measures and home therapies that may assist with the expulsion of excess earwax but refer to an ear specialist before starting self-treatment.
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I get asked this question everyday and the quick answer is – yes, mostly it is of benefit!
But let’s look at the complexities more closely – firstly we need to establish whether the full feeling, pain, or itchiness in your ear/ears is due to wax or infection (normally Otitis externa – an outer ear infection). If you felt you were experiencing the latter (there is a watery discharge and usually pain) then oil is of no benefit – head straight to your GP for a swab of the ear canal and possible antibiotics.
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However if we are certain that the blocked feeling is due to wax then yes – oil is a benefit. There are just two important rules here when oiling – volume and frequency.
Our goal here is to just oil the canal and soften the wax slightly. If we over-oil then we end up spreading the wax over the surface of the ear drum which is less comfortable to have suctioned off.
So the key is to oil only one day prior (two applications is satisfactory). Using an eye dropper is the easiest – half fill the eye dropper with plain olive oil – lying on your side is the easiest way – slowly insert the oil – massage the tragus (The tragus is a small pointed eminence of the external ear) gently post application, as oil likes to sit in a bubble sometimes and massaging will allow it to penetrate deep into the canal. Stay lying on your side for 5 – 10 minutes. Use a cotton ball or piece of tissue to catch any excess oil.
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There is only one exception to the rule. In this case, we would NOT apply oil if we (as above suspected an outer ear infection) or suspected a perforated ear drum (Tympanic Membrane). A perforation is usually associated with pain, hearing loss and normally a discharge but not always. Oil would be of no value and we do not want oil to seeping into the middle ear space.
If you are unsure if oiling is going to be of value prior to Microsuction then a quick chat on the telephone or popping into our clinic for a quick view through the microscope might be the better option.
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Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a grey, orange or yellow material made in the ear canal. It cleans and protects the ears from bacteria, dust, foreign particles, and microorganisms. In normal conditions, wax works its way out of the canal and into the ear opening naturally. However, when there is a build-up of wax, there are many ways to remove it. Some are safe, and some are not. Let’s review best practices for dealing with ear wax.
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Do understand that ear wax is normal. If it does not block the ear canal or impede your hearing, it can be left as is.
Do know the symptoms of ear wax build-up. These include decreased hearing, ear fullness, ringing in the ears, and changes to hearing aid functionality (distortion, etc.).
Do seek medical help if you experience a change in hearing, ringing, or fullness in your ears, and/or ear pain. Other conditions may exhibit symptoms like ear wax build-up, such as ear infections. See a medical professional to rule these out if you experience any of the previously mentioned signs.
Do ask a medical professional prior to using at-home remedies to remove ear wax. Certain medical conditions can make some at-home remedies unsafe. your specialist might suggestion ear irrigation or micro suction as the best option for you.
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Don’t clean your ears too much. Over cleaning can cause irritation or infection of the ear canal and can even cause the wax to build up.
Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. Avoid using cotton swabs, bobby pins, keys, paper clips, etc. to clean or scratch your ears. These can cause damage to your ear canal — such as a cut, or even puncture of the eardrum — which can lead to many other issues.
Don’t use ear candles. Studies have shown ear candling does not reduce the amount of wax in individuals’ ear canals. Additionally, ear candling can damage the ear canal and eardrum.
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Can you think of something you do that’s nearly irresistible, widely popular, but a bad idea that’s based on a health myth? That’s right, I’m talking about inserting cotton-tipped swabs into your ears.
According to guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, experts strongly discourage twirling cotton-tipped swabs in the ears. Here’s why.
The ear is self-cleaning. No routine maintenance is required. If you’re inserting swabs into your ears to remove earwax or prevent its buildup, think again. Earwax is produced within the ear canal and naturally migrates from deeper inside to outside. There are exceptions, of course. Some people make more than the average amount of earwax, and for others (especially older adults) it becomes harder and drier than usual. Even in these situations, inserting a swab inside the ear is not the answer. More on this in a moment.
It may be harmful
Inserting a cotton tipped swab (or anything else) into the ear can damage the ear canal or eardrum, or push earwax farther into the canal, making it harder to remove. This may cause a feeling of pressure in the ear and diminished hearing. Even worse, clumps of earwax pushed down near the eardrum can lead to painful ear infections.
Earwax is not a sign of poor hygiene
Here’s where there seems to be some misunderstanding. Earwax — the medical term is “cerumen” — is there for good reasons. Among other things, cerumen:
is a natural moisturiser, preventing the skin inside the ear from becoming too dry
traps dirt and dust before they can reach deep into the canal
absorbs dead skin cells and debris
prevents bacteria and other infectious organisms from reaching the inner ear.
Some people make more earwax, while others make less. The makeup of earwax varies depending on ethnicity, age, environment, and even diet. While there seems to be a certain “ick” factor associated with earwax, it’s not a reflection of uncleanliness; in fact, it’s a sign of normal, healthy ears.
What to do about “cerumenosis”
Buildup of earwax can cause symptoms. When it does, doctors call it “cerumenosis” and recommend over-the-counter ear drops that can soften earwax and allow it to exit the ear more easily (with gentle irrigation, such as during a shower). Or, a healthcare provider can look inside your ear and use instruments specifically designed to remove earwax.
You can book an appointment with the Devon Ear Clinic which is situated very close to Barnstaple In North Devon. Here we use Microsuction to remove the earwax.
There’s a reason the makers of cotton-tipped swabs put this warning on their packaging: “Do not insert swab into ear canal. Entering the ear canal could cause injury.” But, it still goes on. Perhaps it’s just too tempting or satisfying. Perhaps no one reads the labels of the products they use. Or maybe the myths about earwax are too ingrained to be easily dispelled by facts. Whatever the reasons, now you know to stop putting cotton-tipped swabs into your ears. And that also goes for unfolded paper clips, pen caps, or whatever else you’ve been using!
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