What is The Purpose of Earwax, and Why Do Ears Get Clogged?

Ear Health practitioner explains, "What is the purpose of earwax and why do ears get clogged."

That sticky, yellowish goo that sometimes comes out of your ears can be a bit gross, but it’s a vital part of your body’s natural defences. Without it, you’d be in trouble. So what is the purpose of earwax, and why do ears get clogged? Read on to find out everything you need to know […]

9 Signs You Might Have a Burst or Perforated Eardrum

Anatomy diagram of human ear with eardrum perforation from cotton bud

The nine signs you may have a perforated eardrum include: Hearing loss A spinning sensation (vertigo) Nausea or vomiting from vertigo Ear pain that may subside Mucus-like, pus-filled, or bloody drainage from your ear A ringing in your ear (tinnitus) Episodic ear infections Facial weakness Dizziness The extent of hearing loss you might experience will […]

How Effective Are Hearing Aids?

A young woman is fit with hearing aids to find out how effective are hearing aids?

Have you been recommended hearing aids? Or are you considering taking action to improve your hearing ability? Whatever the case, you may be wondering, “how effective are hearing aids?” and “is it hard to adjust to hearing aids?” Read on to find out. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally, 466 million people have […]

My Ear Is Sore: Why Do I Have Ear Pain?

Woman with hand to her ear experiencing a sore ear or ear pain

Ear pain can range from mild annoyance to crippling discomfort, and an unexplained sore ear can lead to unwanted stress and concern. From frantically googling “reasons why my ear is sore” to worry about the long-term effects on your hearing, dealing with an earache can be a nerve-wracking experience. Our ears are responsible not only […]

What Level of Hearing Loss Requires a Hearing Aid?

A woman looking at a pair of hearing aids in her hands, wondering what level of hearing loss requires a hearing aid?

Think back to the last time you had to ask someone to repeat themselves. Maybe there was a great deal of background noise. Maybe they were speaking too softly. Or maybe you are suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss. Many people struggle with the same questions once they begin to notice a decline in […]

How To Get Water Out of Your Ear: Try These 5 Methods

Happy African man has water in his ear after swimming

You enjoyed going for a swim earlier today, but now, you feel a little tickle in your ear. Honing in on this sensation and you realise your ear feels full. And you’re starting to have trouble hearing. Yes, water has become trapped in your ear. It’s not draining out on its own, and you have […]

Can Hearing Loss Shrink Your Brain?

Over the past decade, a growing body of evidence has revealed that hearing loss is strongly associated with decreased functional brain tissue volume and cognitive decline. That leads many people to the question, can hearing loss shrink your brain? Firstly, no research to date shows that hearing loss leads to brain shrinkage and cognitive decline. […]

Why Do Ears Get Itchy?: A Guide to the Causes and Treatments of Itchy Ears

Woman with itchy ears puts a finger into her ear

Itchy ears – it’s a common problem and also an embarrassing one. The overwhelming urge to scratch your ears can be very awkward in public, and it’s an uncomfortable and very irritating sensation. Here we ponder the question, why do ears get itchy? There are several common reasons behind this annoying problem and various risk […]

Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?

People with tinnitus often wonder, can hearing aids help tinnitus? While more research is needed, the benefits are clear. Hearing aids make it easier to hear actual sounds above the roar of interruptions, easing the stress on the brain and allowing patients to communicate more clearly.  Most hearing aids also have static noise tinnitus therapy […]

Can You Fly With An Inner Ear Infection?

Air New Zealand plane taxiing on runway

Our patients often ask us, can you fly with an inner ear infection? Most of the time, people are referring to their middle ear, but we get it. “Inner ear” is obviously inside your ear, and that’s where your middle ear is. It may feel like we have little choice for flying at times, as […]