Prevention is better than cure

Ear health and healthy hearing can sometimes be taken for granted, but damage to the ear or a loss of hearing can have a significant impact on ones day to day life and can be irreversible. Considering that 37% of adults are living with hearing loss due to a preventable causes1, looking after your ear health is crucial.

Specsavers audiology professional Kathryn Launchbury says that the first step to looking after your ear health is understanding what symptoms to look out for to ensure efficient treatment and advice to suit.

“People often put off seeing a professional about their ear health because they don’t understand the symptoms they are experiencing or dismiss them as part of the aging process,” said Launchbury. “But an ear and hearing problems can be caused by infection, trauma or nerve damage so it’s important to see your local audiologist as soon as symptoms appear to make sure you get the help you need.”

Launchbury advises that some of the most common symptoms of an unhealthy ear include:

  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • Sensitivity or intolerance to everyday noises
  • Inflammation and pain in the ear
  • A blocked or muffled feeling in the ear/s
  • A feeling of fullness, or pressure deep in the ear
  • Dizziness, vertigo or a feeling of imbalance
  • Difficulty hearing

Launchbury explains, “Many ear conditions have overlapping symptoms and require an audiology professional to assist in the diagnosis of the condition plus provide advice and referral if appropriate for the management of the symptoms and condition.”

“Some ear health concerns are easily treated and managed if diagnosed correctly like impacted earwax or ear infections but many require ongoing management and referrals to specialists once you’ve visited your local audiology professional.”

Examples of some of the most common ear health concerns include:

  • BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) – short episodes of intense dizziness when the head is moved in certain directions
  • Ear infection – most commonly tend to be middle ear infections
  • Impacted earwax – a build-up of earwax in the ear, resulting in a complete blockage
  • Tinnitus – the perception of noises or ringing in the ears.
  • Menieres disease – an inner ear disorder which causes episodes of vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss

For more information on ear health and the location of your closest Specsavers audiology professional, visit https://www.specsavers.com.au/hearing.

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