Prevention is better than cure and we have simple tips to maintain your ear health. If, however, you are experiencing hearing loss or ear pain, it’s time to see an audiologist. Our Hidden Hearing audiologists are available at 85 locations around Ireland, so book in for a FREE screening or hearing test.
A perforated eardrum can be caused by various factors, including ear infections, trauma, and exposure to loud noise. Having a burst eardrum can be a painful and uncomfortable experience but there are some treatment options available.
Ear infections are very common and more so in children and there can be many different types. Sometimes ear infections will resolve themselves however if your symptoms are bothersome or do not improve after 3 days, we would advise you to visit your GP.
Earwax is a naturally occurring substance in the ear canal. Earwax assists in the cleaning and lubrication of the ear canal. Some people suffer from excessive earwax, and this can be managed by the use of drops or irrigation. Wax can cause hearing loss, and can interfere with the use of a hearing aid.
The Eustachian tubes are the openings that connect the middle ear with the cavities in the sinuses. If a eustachian tube opens wider than it should, it can cause the person suffering from the condition to hear unusual sounds; for instance hearing their own voice too loudly or even hearing their own breathing.
Fluid in the ear is a condition in which there is an excessive build-up of fluid in the middle ear. It can occur in one or both ears and can affect people of all ages. Often fluid in the ear is not a severe condition, but it can cause discomfort and reduce hearing ability.
Labyrinthitis occurs when there is inflammation in the inner ear labyrinth, which is responsible for hearing and balance. If the labyrinth becomes inflamed, it causes dizziness, hearing loss, nausea and vertigo.
Menieres disease is a condition of the inner-ear that causes a type of dizziness that makes you feel like you are spinning. It can also cause you to experience tinnitus, hearing loss, nausea and pressure inside your ear. It typically affects only one ear.
Otosclerosis is a disorder that occurs due to the abnormal growth of bone tissue in the middle ear. This growth leads to the immobilization of the stapes bone, reducing its ability to transmit sound vibrations to the inner ear.
Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is a form of hearing impairment that occurs gradually over time. It is caused by various factors, including genetics, lifestyle, environmental pollutants, and noise exposure.
Pulsatile tinnitus is a type of tinnitus characterised by rhythmic, whooshing, or pulsating sounds that are in sync with the person's heartbeat. The noise can be heard in one or both ears and can range from barely noticeable to incredibly loud and disruptive.
Swimmer’s ear, or to give it its medical name, otitis externa, is a common infection in the ear canal. That’s the tube that runs from the outside of your ear to the eardrum. It’s usually caused by water-loving bacteria or sometimes by a virus or fungus.