5 reasons to say NO to Cotton Swabs and several ways to clean your ears without using a swab.

Since young, we were told “never put anything in your ears time and time again plus the majority of health experts advise not to use cotton swabs to clean your ears.  Cleaning with cotton swabs does more harm than good. Do you know why?

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1. Ear Canal Trauma

Vigorous rubbing of the ear canal with the cotton swab makes the ear canal very painful and develops some diseases like otitis external (inflammation of the ear canal) or otomycosis (fungal infection of ear canal).

2. Ear Drum Rupture

The eardrum is easily reached with a swab. Because the eardrum is so delicate, even a gentle push with a swab could rupture your eardrum. This impact can lead to a conductive hearing loss. – Reminder – please do not use a cotton swab!

3. Breaking the Auditory Ossicle

The malleus, incus, and stapes belong to the Auditory Ossicle. They are the 3 smallest bones in your entire body and they sit behind your eardrum. Simply pushing the cotton swab may break them and may cause hearing loss.

4. Dislodged swab tips

There were many incidents with the dislodged swab tips! You would need to get the ENT Doctor to remove it.

5. It is important to have some wax in your ears

Ear wax has lubricating and antibacterial qualities plus it can prevent infections. It also operates as an insect repellent to keep bugs and insects out of your ears.

So if you eliminate it too much, you will have a dried out itchy feeling and will be more vulnerable to infections. You may also be pushing the wax further in and completely blocking your eardrum.

Now that I have turned your world upside down, don’t worry, I have listed some solutions on how you can clean your ears without using a cotton swab.

SOLUTIONS:-

You can use your pinky wrapped in a tissue to wipe your ears or you can use earwax softener to soften earwax for easier removal. You can also use olive oil,  adding two to three drops of olive oil into your ears can soften earwax and it can work its way out.

If these remedies don’t work, it is best you make an appointment to see an ENT (ear, nose & throat), Doctor. Your doctor would be able to assist you.

 

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6 important battery facts for today’s hearing instruments

A lot of times after buying a hearing aid system, there would  be many  questions about the  batteries for example how long will it last or what are the differences in batteries and so forth. Therefore we have compiled a list to help you understand the main factors that  affect how long a hearing aid battery lasts.

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Find out what are the factors that affect how long a hearing aid battery last.

Why you can’t measure hearing loss in percentages?

The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (db). Frequency of pitch is measured in Hertz (Hz). When hearing is tested, a range of 250 Hz to 8000 Hz is measured as it encompasses the speech frequencies, the most important range for communication.  This will be plotted in an Audiogram by an audiologist or a hearing care consultant.

Sometimes people give their hearing loss in percentage, for example ” I have a 60% loss of hearing in my right ear”. Measuring hearing loss in percentages is inaccurate as there will be no end of formulas to convert db into percentages. This is because the dBHL axis on the audiogram is logarithmic – each increase of 10 is actually 10 times the amount of sound pressure.

When measured together decibels and hertz tell the degree of hearing loss you have in each ear.

For each frequency that is tested, the degree of hearing loss could be different. You may also have hearing loss at more than one frequency. Hearing loss in each ear can also be different and very often is. There are just too many factors to define hearing loss as a single percentage.

Degree of Hearing Loss:-

  • Average Normal hearing: -10 – 20dB
  • Mild hearing loss: 20 – 40dB – one may struggle to hear speech in noisy places
  • Moderate hearing loss: 40 – 70dB – difficulty understanding speech in background noise.
  • Severe hearing loss: 70 – 90dB – group conversations are difficult and people would have to raise their voice.
  • Profound hearing loss: greater than 90dB –  you are only able to hear some loud sounds and communication is impossible at this stage.

Hearing is a complex sense that has many different facets and many different causes and degrees – it is far too complex to simplify as a simple percentage.

So next time your doctor or someone else says that you have 60% hearing loss; you will know that is an improper diagnosis.

 

 

What having hearing loss feels like?

Let me put you in a scenario. Imagine you are in a room full of people who are conversing with each other (smiling, laughing and you can see all the different facial expressions going on) you don’t want to miss a word that they are saying, you start lip reading but its exhausting (its all happening too fast)..you are eager to participate in the conversation wanting to be part of it but then they are talking in a foreign language …$%^&*#…

Imagine having to put up with this every single day of your life ….

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Image : Shows the feelings of frustration, tiredness, sadness of the person trying and wanting so much to be in the conversation!.

As a consequence, a lot of people will become passive in life.  They start getting anxious. They will start to withdraw. They will isolate themselves. They stop participating in conversations and this list will go on.  The longer it is left untreated, the more severe it will become.

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlitt

Better Hearing, Better Living.