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Inner Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

An inner ear infection is inflammation of the middle ear, most likely resulting from a cold, an allergy or an infection. What causes an inner ear infection?The small space behind the eardrum, connected to back of the throat by a tiny channel called the Eustachian tube, is normally filled with air but it may become filled with mucus which typically occurs during a cold. The mucus can then become infected by bacteria or viruses which may lead to an inner ear infection. Sometimes an ear infection j...

July 17, 2018

10 tips to prevent hearing loss

Your hearing is vital for learning, communication and safety yet you may not have thought much about the impact a hearing loss could have on your life. You may think that losing some sound wouldn’t be too bad but those with hearing loss will tell you it can be tiring, lonely and frustrating. Hearing loss can be caused by many different things. It can happen gradually or quite suddenly. When hearing loss is gradual, it’s very easy to ignore - for a while. Always seek help quickly for any ear ...

July 10, 2018

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a condition where you hear sounds from inside the body rather than from an outside source. It is often described as a ringing in the years, although sounds that can be heard include buzzing, humming, hissing and whistling or even sounds similar to music or singing. Tinnitus is not always a sign of a serious underlying condition and for some, it may come and go, being just a minor nuisance. It can, however, be continuous and have a significant impact on everyday life with severe cases...

July 4, 2018

Workplace noise and what you need to know

Creating an environment that promotes good auditory health in the workplace is more effective if workers are involved with developing and carrying out solutions. Workers can help to identify risks arising from noise related hazards, and suggest practical ways to eliminate or reduce these risks. This will encourage worker commitment to good hearing health. Hearing loss is preventableBy adopting noise control measures, and educating and training workers on the importance of wearing hearing protect...

June 29, 2018

All you need to know about earache

Earache and ear pain is common, particularly in young children. Although painful, it isn’t usually a sign of anything serious.How long earache lasts depends on what’s causing the pain. Most earaches in children are a result of an ear infection, most of which start to improve after a few days.  Earache can affect one or both ears. To spot an earache in babies and young children watch out for: Rubbing or pulling their earsNot reacting to some sounds.Have a temperature of 38C or ...

June 29, 2018

Get your ears cleaned the proper way by the experts

Push a cloth right through and pull backwards and forwards forcefully, assuming of course you can see Australia though your ears!Poke anything to hand into your ears like hairclips, tools, pen, finger or finger nail. This can cause nasty damage and an infection can easily occur.Using cotton buds will result in the wax being pushed deeper into the ear canal. Often break-off and remain lodged in the ear.Water syringing can cause irritation and pain. In addition, wax can be forced onto the ear drum...

June 25, 2018

Sucking Ears

(AN INTERVIEW WITH ROGER SMITH FROM THE HB CHAMBER BUSINESS NETWORK) “This is my wife Anne” Nick says when I meet him “and she sucks ears for a living.” “That is without doubt the most interesting way anyone has introduced their partner to me!” I respond. “So come on Anne,” I say, “what’s he on about?” “We are Ear Suction Hawke’s Bay” she tells me “and we are all about ear and hearing health”. “The human ear is programmed to produce wax to protect the ear canal ...

April 30, 2018

Colds and Flu and how they affect your ears

Autumn is here and winter is just around the corner. Like it or not, that means colds, flu and sometimes bronchitis. Colds and flu are not much fun, but believe it or not, they are part of the body's natural healing process. Fever is the body's defence mechanism to try to kill viruses with heat, which means blood circulates quicker helping with the healing. So, having a fever may mean a cold doesn’t last as long, and thus can actually be beneficial! Having had a flu jab is poor comfort if you...

April 26, 2018

Six ways to make sure your ears stay healthy

Your hearing is precious and to make sure you don’t end up with hearing loss, or damaged or diseased ears there are number of things you can do to keep your ears healthy. 1.  Use eardrops to dissolve impacted wax Wax build-up often leads to mild hearing loss, as not surprisingly, sounds cannot travel through the ear canal because it becomes blocked. You can soften your impacted wax with ear drops, use a natural oil like almond or olive and apply like this: Lie on your side and use a dropp...

March 8, 2018

The wrong way to remove ear wax

It would be so much easier if we could just lift the top of the head and use a bottle brush! Unfortunately with ears it’s not that easy - one needs a microscope and light and a good level of experience to know what you are looking at and how to approach the job. Even Anne, our ear nurse practitioner, without thinking, scratched her ear some years back, which resulted in full-on outer ear infection - nasty, painful and unnecessary! These are all the wrong ways to clear your ears: Keys, pens, sc...

December 7, 2017

Everything you wanted to know about ear wax

Ear wax, known as cerumen, is produced inside your ears in glands at the base of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) to keep them clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly aided by chewing and jaw movement, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi, insects and water. So, in fact, ear wax is a good thing. The amount of ea...

December 6, 2017

Swimmers Ear

Swimmer's ear (Otitis Media) is inflammation of the ear canal which often results in ear pain, discharge, swelling of the ear canal and occasionally decreased hearing. Otitis externa may be acute lasting less than six weeks) or chronic (lasting more than three months). If you experience these symptoms we advise you to see your GP as soon as possible. Micro suction of the ear canal will allow the canal to dry and heal once wet debris has been removed. Occasionally more than one micro suction app...

December 6, 2017

Hugo our listening dog and dog ears

Listening ears: Hugo, our listening dog, is not a Hearing Dog for someone with hearing impairment, but if he was, his ears would probably be very useful. With a dog’s hearing being far superior to human hearing, dogs can really make a difference to the life of a deaf or hearing-impaired person. It is thought that dogs hear about four times better than we do. The world is a noisy place for dogs, who can hear things like the bodily vibrations of termites in the walls. Take a look at the NZ...

December 6, 2017

Surfers ear

Surfer's ear is the common name for exostosis or abnormal bone growth within the ear canal. Irritation from cold wind and water exposure causes the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop lumps of new bony growth which constrict the ear canal. Where the ear canal is actually blocked by this condition, water and wax can become trapped and give rise to infection. Most avid surfers have at least some mild bone growths (called exostoses). The condition is progressive, making it important to take ...

December 4, 2017

Ears and flying

Pressure and pain in your ears during a flight can be extremely annoying and even painful. And almost as unpleasant, for some, is having to wait another 12 hours, or longer, before being able to hear normally again. The pain is due to a change in the air pressure when the aircraft climbs and descends. This occurs in the middle ear involving the Eustachian tube. However, any change in pressure causes the ear to produce more wax as a means of natural defence. Many clients tell stories of stress an...

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