Learn more about ear health and conditions, and how they can affect the way we hear
BPPV causes short episodes of intense dizziness (vertigo) when the head is moved in certain directions.
Barotrauma is a condition caused by changes in air pressure and typically affects the ears.
Ear infections, especially middle ear infections (or otitis media) are most common in children.
Exostosis (surfer's ear)
Commonly known as 'surfer's ear', exostosis is the abnormal growth of bone in the ear canal.
Fluid in the ear
Fluid in the ear happens when there is an issue with the ear's drainage tubes, leading to fluid becoming trapped behind the eardrum.
Glue ear (also called otitis media with effusion, or OME) is when the middle ear fills with fluid where normally there is air.
Impacted earwax happens when there is a build-up of earwax in the ear, resulting in a complete blockage.
Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis
These conditions are infections of the vestibular nerve, found in the inner ear, that is responsible for controlling balance.
Ménière's disease is a condition that affects the inner ear, causing episodes of extreme dizziness, hearing loss (which can fluctuate in its severity), a feeling of ear fullness and tinnitus.
Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
Otitis Externa (swimmer's ear)
Otitis externa is the inflammation and infection of the external ear canal.
A perforated eardrum is a hole in the eardrum and can result in ear pain and loss of hearing.
Perichondritis (cauliflower ear)
Perichondritis happens when the thin layer of skin tissue that covers the cartilage becomes infected or is separated.
Sudden hearing loss
Sudden hearing loss is an unexplained sudden change in hearing in one or both ears.
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If you’re worried about your ear health, or you recognise any of these conditions and symptoms, visit your GP or call your store to speak to one of our audiology professionals.