What Is Middle Ear Infection Management?

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Middle ear infection is also referred to as the otitis media and is triggered by some virus or bacteria. Middle ear infections are often known to occur simultaneously with allergies, cold, enlarged adenoids, throat, and nose infection. Generally, middle ear infections would be clearing up without any long-term effects or serious issues.

Middle Ear Infection Management

Most of the times middle ear infections would become better and clear up on their own but sometimes they need to be treated with effective antibiotics. Your child’s audiologist would be determining if antibiotic treatment should be initiated. Otitis media does not usually involve permanent damage to your ears and even hearing issues are known to be temporary. Treatments may include any or all of the following depending on case specifications.

Observation without Antibiotics

The doctor would be deciding that your kid need not be treated with antibiotics for the middle ear infection for the time being depending on your child’s age and the severity of the infection. Many ear infections clear up by themselves without any kind of antibiotics. The audiologist would inform you about the symptoms and how long they would normally be lasting for.

If an earache subsides after some days, and if the symptoms are clearing up, your child may not be prescribed any antibiotics. If even after 48 hours, there is no sign of any improvement, antibiotics would be started and you would need to wait for minimum another 48 hours to see the effects of the antibacterial medication.

Treatment with Antibiotics

Some middle ear infection cases would necessitate immediate antibiotic treatment. The symptoms that necessitate prompt antibiotic treatment are:

  • Moderate to Severe Earache
  • Dehydration
  • High Fever over 38.8°C or102°F
  • Chronic clinical conditions such as cystic fibrosis or heart disease that could put a patient at a risk of further complications from any kind of ear infections
  • Children who are not even 2 years old as risk of complications seem to be much higher in case of very young kids.
  • If there is no improvement in condition or if the condition takes a turn for the worse within 48 to almost 72 hours from the commencement of the illness.

Antibiotics are prescribed by the doctor only when he thinks that the symptoms demand it and these are necessary to effectively kill the bacteria responsible for an earache and infection. You must remember to administer the regular doses and continue doing so till the antibiotic course is finished. You must complete the course even if the pain subsides and the fever goes away. It is important to complete the antibiotic course to avoid any further risks of the infection flaring up again. Antibiotics may trigger side effects like diarrhoea, nausea, yeast infections or rashes and they may interact with some other medications. Very rarely allergic reactions would be occurring after administration of antibiotics.

Pain Relief Medications

Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen could be effective in relieving an earache or even keep the temperature down until antibiotics prove their efficacy. These medicines are effective in controlling the pain within just a couple of hours of consuming them. An earache is usually, more painful during bedtime. You could use a warm compress that is applied outside the ear for effective pain relief. This is generally, not recommended in case of an infant.


If your doctor examines and discovers that there is fluid in your ear for over 3 months, he would be suggesting Myringotomy. This procedure involves insertion of the small plastic or metal tubes through your eardrum for equalizing pressure between your outer and middle ear. This is basically an outpatient procedure meant for children. This procedure is mostly done with anaesthesia. The tubes would be left alone for six months to about a year. They would be falling out by themselves. You need to keep your outer ear free from water and completely dry till the holes are closed completely.


Middle ear infection is not supposed to be contagious and kids could go back to school or return to day-care once the fever goes away and the pain subsides. Air travel is allowed. Chewing on gums, swallowing fluids or sucking a pacifier could be helpful in relieving discomfort and uneasiness during air travel. If you still unclear about middle ear infection, feel free to contact us today for a appointment.

Hearing Protection Safety Tips Guide

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You could keep your hearing healthy only if you are conscious of the extent of your exposure to any loud sound. You could effectively protect your hearing and shield it from any issues in future provided you go on a genuine noise diet. Your audiologist would tell you that most hearing loss cases are triggered when tiny hair cells present in your inner ear are damaged. The reason for this sort of damage is excessive noise and unfortunately, this damage is supposed to be permanent. A noise-associated hearing loss would be irreversible in most cases.

You must realize that the key to avoiding any hearing loss issues is to consciously avoid loud noise. If the sound is louder than usual, you could listen to it for a relatively less time than usual. You must keep in mind that just because any sound is not distressing or annoying, it does not mean that it is safe for you to be exposed to it.

The main reason for hearing loss issues would be the noisy occupations like working on road works and in factories. However, fortunately, due to the more stringent safety and health rules, it could be far less dangerous to your hearing, provided you have the right ear protection. Nowadays though, the main safety hazard to hearing is the recreational loud noise particularly from noisy music gigs, indoor night clubs, and even MP3 players. That is primarily the reason for hearing loss in younger individuals. If you visit a hearing clinic, your audiologist would be recommending that you must wear reusable ear plugs while listening to loud music, take regular breaks from very loud sounds, and stand as far away as possible from speakers.

Using Ear Plugs Is the Best Decision

Your hearing could be damaged depending on how loud or how long you have been exposed to the sound. There are greater chances of you damaging your hearing if the sound is louder and you have been exposed to it for a longer span of time. It is best to protect your ears using ear protectors like earmuffs or earplugs. Try to go away from the loud noise at the earliest possible. In case you are not able to leave the venue, you must remember to take regular breaks. Maybe a ten-minute gap would give some respite to your ears and enough time to recover.

Turning Down Your Music Helps

Do not get into the habit of listening to your music player at exceptionally high volumes. You should never increase the volume of music simply in an effort to minimize the background noise. If the music seems uncomfortable to your ears or if you are not able to hear any external sounds while your headphones are on, you must lower the volume as it is definitely, too loud for your ears. If someone is sitting next to you and is able to hear the music, you must turn down the volume while listening to music on your headphones to ease your ears and maintain hearing safely.

Following the Safe 60:60 Rule is the Best Option

You could listen to music safely from your MP3 if you follow strictly a simple rule. You could consider listening to 60 percent of the highest volume for a maximum of 60 minutes per day. You could make use of the smart volume feature in your MP3. It is good at regulating the volume of your music.

Avoiding Noise at Home or At Work Is Necessary

If you seem to be experiencing loud noise at your workplace, you must take the initiative and talk to the head of human resources department and discuss effective ways of minimizing the noise and ensuring hearing protection. You must consider wearing ear protectors like earmuffs and earplugs while using any noisy equipment like lawn mowers, power drills, sanders, and even saws.

Wearing Noise-Cancelling Headphones Is a Good Idea

You could enjoy music from your very own personal music player by opting for the safe noise-cancelling headphones. You could even use the old generation muff-type headphones as they would be effectively blocking out any background noise so that you could enjoy music at a relatively lower volume. Avoid in-the-ear or ear bud- style headphones as they are not adept at cutting out background noise. You must get into the habit of taking regular breaks to ease your ears and give them some rest and time to recover.

Conclusion: Hearing Detox is the Best Policy

Audiologist at the hearing clinic would point out that it is necessary to allow your ears to rest from time to time so that it could recover after exposure to any loud noise or very loud music. Your ears would be requiring a minimum of 16 hours of respite and rest if you have spent a couple of hours in 100 dB noise like in a nightclub.  If you reduce this recovery period, you would be increasing possibility of permanent deafness. You have to safeguard your own ears so take proper precautionary measures and follow all the hearing protection dictates.

Methods to Take Care of Your Hearing Aids

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You must understand that hearing aids would be requiring special care and attention so that they do not malfunction. It could be quite difficult to do without your hearing device if it needs to be sent for repair. Hence, it is mandatory to take proper care and get going with some sort of a preventive maintenance to minimize the possibility of any malfunction.

It is a good idea to pay attention to your audiologist while he is demonstrating ways to take care of your hearing device. Learn how to examine the device and identify issues and ask how you could get a battery tester, listening tube, a drying container and also the forced air blower. You could get more information from experts at your hearing clinic. Here are a few expert tips regarding methods of taking care of your hearing aid.

Perform Regular Listening Checks

You must get into the habit of listening to your hearing aid every single day. You could use the listening tube for listening to the device and ensuring that it is functioning properly and sounding nice and clear. Check if it is sounding scratchy or weak. If yes, then something must be malfunctioning and needs to be looked into and rectified. Your audiologist would be teaching you ways of effectively listening to internal feedback and intermittency.

Examine the Batteries

Generally, batteries are known to last for about a week or even up to a couple of weeks. You may use the battery tester for ensuring that the battery is functioning at its full strength and helping the hearing device to deliver peak performance. It is a good idea to replenish your stock of spare batteries consistently. Store them in any dry, shady, and cool place. You should discard the batteries one by one and remember to handle them with a lot of caution as they are toxic and need to be disposed of properly.

Clean Regularly

You must get into the habit of cleaning your hearing aid with a dry, soft, and clean cloth. Remove all the grime and dirt carefully. You could remove the ear moulds from your device and clean them up thoroughly with a high quality but a mild soapy solution. You need to dry up the ear moulds with the help of an efficient forced air blower and definitely, not a hair dryer. Make sure they are absolutely dry before reattaching them to your hearing device.

Keep Moisture Away

Even though you have fairly affordable hearing aids, remember it would be containing a cutting-edge technology and an advanced circuitry within a minute shell. Any exposure to moisture could cause serious damage. However, the latest models are water-resistant but it is better to avoid wearing them while swimming or taking a shower. If by mistake they are exposed to water, you must dry them up immediately using a soft towel and certainly not your hair dryer. If you reside in a humid place, it is a good idea to store your hearing device carefully in a hearing aid dehumidifier, made especially for the purpose of protecting the hearing aids from harmful moisture.

Keep Changing the Batteries

Remember your hearing aid’s batteries could end up damaging your device if they are left on the device unchanged for a long period of time. There could be some trapped moisture that could be corroding the batteries and damaging the devices. Get into the habit of leaving the battery door open when the hearing aid is not in use. If you know that the device would not be used for about two days or more, it is best to remove the batteries from the device temporarily. Always check and clean the battery contacts as dirty contacts would be responsible for lower performance and a poor connection.

Get Rid of the Earwax

Hearing devices often malfunction because of earwax. You must use a soft toothbrush or a cotton swab to remove gently any debris or earwax from your hearing device. You must carefully clean both the microphone and the receiver. Remember to get your wax guard or wax filter removed and replaced periodically.


The best way of taking care of your hearing aid is by going to your hearing clinic every 4 to 6 months and getting your device cleaned by an expert hearing health professional. Never neglect issues and always take your device to your healthcare provider at once, if you observe something is amiss.

Cochlear Implant and Its Benefits

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Cochlear implants (CI) are an accepted and popular treatment method for both children and adults who are suffering from acute sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant may be referred to as an effective electronic medical device which would be carrying out the function of your damaged inner ear. A cochlear implant is all about performing the function of the damaged inner ear parts for sending perfect sound signals to your brain. It is different from the hearing aids, as they only make sounds louder.

The cochlear implant comprises an external part which is positioned behind your ear and another part that is positioned under your skin through a surgical procedure. Today, thanks to cutting-edge technology, candidacy criteria modifications, boost in confidence and increased exposure, cochlear implants are readily available to a much wider audience.

How Does a CI work?

The CI would be working by electrically stimulating the nerves that are found in your inner ear.  CI generally comprises two key components. The first part is a microphone that is worn externally and comes with a transmitter system and a sound processor. The second part consists of an implanted receiver along with an electrode system which has electronic circuits for receiving signals effectively from its external system and then transmitting electrical currents to your inner ear. CIs are actually designed for assisting children and adults who are suffering from severe deafness and are slightly or not at all benefited by the use of hearing aids. Even patients with severe nerve deafness could be experiencing benefits by the use of CIs. Follow the recommendations of your audiologist.

Cochlear Implants Benefits

Cochlear implants are used for multiple benefits. Adults quite often experience immediate hearing benefits and would be continuing to improve the quality of hearing during the next three months or so after the first tuning session. Their performances would carry on improving with time but definitely, at a slower pace. The performances of individuals using CIs would be improving gradually over a span of many years. Some of the other key benefits of Cochlear implants are the following.

Remarkable Improvement in Hearing

A Cochlear implant is quite effective in enhancing your hearing but the extent of improvement is not certain. Individuals who have undergone the surgery have reported that there has been a definite improvement in their hearing abilities. In order to lead a happy and normal life, you must be able to hear so the slightest improvement in your hearing capability could boost your morale and overall quality of life.

Regular Schools for Children with CIs

Usually, children with hearing impairment are relegated to special schools meant for deaf children only. But thanks to CIs now children with hearing loss would be allowed to get admitted to a regular school as they are now easily able to hear and integrate themselves seamlessly into the curriculum of a regular school.

Guaranteed Safety

It would be pretty unsafe for an individual with a hearing impairment to roam about here and there as they could land up in hazardous situations without really realising it. You would be warned suitably if you could hear something alarming. It is easier for a person with no hearing issues to get alerted of the potential hazards by listening to various sounds but the situation is just the opposite for people with a hearing loss. Fortunately, when you get a CI, a hearing-challenged individual would be hearing all the sounds around him so he could save himself from perilous situations and stay safe.

Enjoy a Normal Lifestyle

People using cochlear implants are able to perceive diverse sounds including the sound of the slamming doors, telephone ringing, barking dogs, rustling leaves, sounds generated by engines, switching on and off of lights, the whistle of a tea kettle etc. Many individuals are able to take and make phone calls and many such individuals are able to hear and understand speech clearly without resorting to lip reading. Some people are able to watch television better, especially, when they can see somebody’s face. Many people with hearing issues are benefitted immensely by the cochlear implants. They are able to hear the sounds of various musical instruments like piano, guitar, etc. and enjoy the music.


Once you get a cochlear implant on the recommendation of your audiologist, your life would be changing. Generally speaking, the improvement in your auditory perception post a cochlear implant would be varying from one user to another and would be ranging from perfect speech perception to enjoyment of music. Many people have admitted that their lives have become more meaningful and enriched after the successful cochlear implant surgery. This is simply because when you are able to hear, your self-confidence and self-esteem would be enhanced. This would be fortifying your bond and relationships with co-workers, friends, and family. This, in turn, would culminate in expanded social and job opportunities.

Tips for Getting Used To Hearing Aids

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It takes patience and a bit of an effort to make optimal use of your hearing aid. You must make an endeavour to learn ways of getting adjusted to the new device so that you make the most of it. However, the kind of advantage you could get out of the device depends largely on factors like your physical health, your age, the severity and extent of hearing loss, how long you have been experiencing this hearing loss issue and how dedicated and motivated you are about improving your hearing.

Learning to hear would be requiring patience, regular practice, and sensible hearing expectations. You need to be realistic and must understand that it would be taking a reasonable amount of time for your brain, as well as, your ears to get adjusted to the idea and feel of a foreign body resting in there. Your ear seems to have a super active built-in alarm mechanism that would tell you the moment it senses any intruder. However, no need to panic. After a few weeks, everyone gets used to their hearing aids. Here are a few effective tips for you to get the best out of your hearing aid experience.

Seek Assistance from Your Audiologist or Healthcare worker

It is important to work in close coordination with your hearing health care worker with regard to the successful use of your hearing aid. You must come up with all your queries about your hearing issues and use of the device during the scheduled appointment. You must not forget to jot down any issues and concerns that crop up after you leave the hearing clinic. You must consult with the healthcare workers if you are experiencing some sort of a discomfort or pain. Remember modifications and adjustments could be made easily so that you get a good and comfortable fit.

Start with Simple Hearing Settings

Slowly start wearing the device only in familiar settings like home. Once you have got used to the working of your hearing aid, wear them and start striking up an active conversation with some familiar people. Avoid wearing your hearing aid in noisy places such as the airport, supermarket, or even a noisy restaurant during the first couple of days or so. You have to get used to it slowly and take it easy. You need to be patient as you need to realize that an adjustment period is necessary for you to be fully satisfied with your new device.

Take It Slowly

Remember that you were not able to hear the sound around you because of your hearing impairment and so it is quite normal now for your brain to require some time to get used to and respond to hearing again. It is quite natural to feel that some sounds are louder and unfamiliar than you remember, even though the volume of your device seems to be at comfortable levels. If you feel excessively overwhelmed or exhausted while using your new device, it is better to consider turning down the volume or going for a short break. You need to get adjusted to hearing differently. You simply cannot feel the difference overnight.

Avoid Getting Put Off Simply Because They Feel Slightly Weird in the Beginning

You need to understand that your ears require some time to get adjusted with the new device, the new feel; just the same way as your nose would take time to get used to spectacles when you wear them the very first time. The funny or the odd feeling is bound to go away in just a few days.

Make a Strong Commitment

Commit to wearing the device every day. Try to use it in brand new listening situations and environments. Get gradually into the habit of wearing your hearing aids in everything you do, everywhere you go. Wear them to the theatre, on the phone, in churches, restaurants, auditoriums, or even while watching the television. Make the most of the device; try to hear as clearly as possible by facing the speaker. Try to keep reading aloud from time to time as this would help you in monitoring the volume and intensity of your voice. If you feel that you are talking very loudly verify with people around you. Your near and dear ones would be supportive every step of the way. They would help you in successfully regulating the exact volume of your voice when you are getting adjusted to your new device.


You could go to the hearing clinic and consult with your audiologist once you are really familiar with your device. You could discuss your problems if any. You could talk to your supplier and inform him that a specific sound seems too close to your ears. The supplier would help in focusing the device more accurately. Be patient and give yourself some time. Soon wearing your hearing aid would become a way of life.