Some individuals produce more earwax than others. If, in addition, they have narrow, bendy or hairy ear canals the natural egress of wax from the ear canal can be impeded.Wearing of hearing aids can also contribut to accumulation of ear wax. The skin in the ear canal actually grows sideways from the innermost to the canal entrance. If you placed an ink dot on the ear drum you could, across time, see it migrate outwards. Europeans tend to produce oily ear wax, whereas those of asian descent have ear wax more of a dandruff type of consistency and they experience very few issues with regards accumulation.Read More
My mother used to say "don't put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow". Innappropriate use of cotton buds to remove earwax are notorious for doing exactly the opposite.
The human ear secretes sebum and sweat which combine with dead skin and dust to form the familiar oily earwax amongst those of European descent. Asians are more fortunated in the earwax is more flakey and causes few difficulties.Read More
In an important first step the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have removed the Physician clearance requirement prior to obtaining a hearing aid. After lengthy consultation they were not satisfied retaining the Physician Clearance pathway was necessary. Press "Read More" for further Australian commentary and also take a moment to follow the link below.Read More
Misophonia is an emotional reaction to certain sounds that raise feelings of disgust and anger in the affected individual disproportionate those experienced by others. Sounds of chewing, nose blowing or sniffing are common sounds that affect the Misophonic. Interestingly these sames sounds emitted by children seem not to cause the same offence even though acoustically they are essentially identical. The following link to the original article may be of interest to some readers.
Misophonia is unlike Phonophobia, which is a reaction to any sound, usually during a migraine episode, that causes physical discomfort.
Scientists have discovered via brain imaging experiments that certain parts of the brain "light up" more than expected when exposed to offending sounds.Read More
Researchers have been able to partially restore hearing and balance in mice. This has been acheive by delivery gene therapy to the hair cells of the cochlear and balance organs using a modified Adeno virus. They report human application is many years away but this is an important first step. Click "Read More" to follow the link to the original article.Read More
KoKo did not digest all of the hearing aid, simply chewed most of it into small pieces.
He did however ingest the battery which was some trial for the owners to confirm!
It is always a good policy to insure your hearing aids!Read More
Imagine being able to discretely adjust your hearing aids by just using the touch screen on your Smart Phone! You can now easily select your preferred listening program, adjust the volume, adjust the bass and treble, mute the hearing instruments and also control the microphone pattern.Read More
Prolonged exposure to sunlight is considered to be a significant factor in the causation of Melanoma. The head and face region usually receive the most sunlight exposure and in particular the outer ear. As men wear their hair short and are often exposed to more sunlight due their occupations the incidence on the outer ear can be more evident.Read More
KoKo the Hearing Aid Eating Dog Lives to tell the Tail!
This mischievous canine has part eaten a hearing aid and lived to tell the tale. His owners, Misha and Bob, report that he was up to more than his usual mayhem when he snuck into the bedroom and opened the bedside table somehow to find his masters hearing aids. One must assume the smell of human ear wax was so alluring that KoKo invented a doggie original means of opening the drawer to get to his prey!Read More
The ability to hear and understand conversations on the telephone, to follow the dialogue of a movie, to follow a lecture or to enjoy music are daily challenges faced by many hearing impaired individuals. Addressing these issues goes a long way toward enhancing your personal productivity and quality of life.Read More
The Victorian Workcover Authority has announced further reductions in the hearing aid entitlements of injured workers. This is on top of an already savage "dumbing down" of the panel of hearing instruments from which Audiologist's can prescribe to treat injured workers.Read More
Frank’s sign is a Diagonal Ear Lobe Crease (DELC) first described by Dr Sanders.T.Frank in his 1973 “Letter to the Editor” of the New England Journal of Medicine. Frank described a correlation between the existence of DELC amidst 20 patients under 60 with angina, abnormal ECG or angiography. Pre Auricular Creases are also referred to throughout the literature as being a concomitant sign along with the DELC.Read More
Meniere’s disease, also known as, “Endolymphatic Hydrops” is an excess accumulation of fluid in the vestibule or cochlear. It is analogous to glaucoma, whereby excess fluid production or inefficient drainage results in a pressure build up in the eye. The incidence reported varies between 190 -450 per 100,000 population with a mean age of onset of 43 according to some studies.Read More
There exists a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss. Studies have demonstrated that hearing loss is twice as prevalent in those with diabetes. Pre diabetics are shown to have a 30% higher incidence of hearing loss than their matched peers.Read More
A 2011 John Hopkins University reported its findings of a longitudinal aging study of 639 individuals. Their study, published in the Archives of Neurology, noted a correlation with hearing loss and those in the study who went on to develop dementia. A total of 58 developed dementia with 37 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Read More
Dr Sharma and her colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh have reported reorganization of the brain in deaf and hearing impaired individuals. Her experiments used small electrodes on the scalp to map brain activity, demonstrating that the visual and tactile cortex takeover parts of the auditory Cortex even in situations of mild hearing impairment.
Dr Sharma remarked that recent students have correlated hearing loss and the onset of dementia and she felt that her research may add support to that theory. She felt the “encroachment” of the visual and tactile cortices into the auditory cortex may impede the capacity of the individual to process auditory information.Read More
The provision of Cochlear Implants to infants provides them with the best opportunity to develop speech and language skills and to keep up with their peers. For unknown reasons approximately one in three implanted children fail to develop speech and language at a pace normally anticipated.Read More
This is another example of a dreadful catalogue hearing aid. This poor individual had bilateral perforations and discharging ears and was never properly evaluated. It should not be permissable that such sales can take place withouth a proper audiological examination.Read More
The Apple Corporation, in co-operation with the Hearing Aid Manufacturing Industry, has developed an iPhone specific platform to enable interaction between it and hearing instruments. A number of hearing aid manufacturers have now developed iPhone compatible hearing instruments that has created a new wave of technological innovation with people thinking of amazing concepts.
In a bipartisan approach Australian political parties have made incremental changes to Medicare funding of Audiological services over the last several years. In particular changes have been made to allow Ear Nose and Throat Specialist and Neurologists to refer to Audiologists with the patient receiving a Medicare subsidy as well as GP's under Enhanced Primary Care referral.Read More
Researchers have announced that early research is showing promise in the development of compounds that can have a protective benefit to the ear when exposed to noise. This like a "Flouride" for the ear and ACE Audiology will keenly watch this space...Read More
The Federal Government indicated at a recent Hearing Services Consultative Committee meeting in Canberra that they were considering the compulsory provision of hearing protective devices to night club patrons where excessive noise existed..Read More