On December 22, 2015 I was seen at the Mountain Ear Hearing Clinic in Franklin, N.C.  This was my 3rd attempt to have my hearing aides adjusted so I would be able to wear them.  This saga began 9 years ago.  They have been in my cupboard for 99% of that time.  I had visited with the personnel from Mountain Ear Hearing at a local Senior Games Health Fair several months ago.  They were very kind and answered all my questions.  I finally got up the courage to make an appointment.  I am so very glad I did.  My appointment was with Mr. David Roberts, a Hearing Aid Specialist.   He did a fantastic job of getting my aides upgraded and reprogrammed and placed a different pair of ear pieces.  WOW....I have been using them every day and I am so glad I gave myself another chance at being able to hear.  Thank you Mr. Roberts and Mountain Ear Hearing Associates.  I will be recommending this Company to any one who will listen.

- J. White

Ear Health

Cleaning your ears

Your ear produces wax (called cerumen) to protect itself. Wax and tiny hairs inside the ear canal prevent small objects getting down inside the ear. The ear has a clever mechanism for cleaning itself. There is a natural movement of old skin, wax and dirt away from the eardrum toward the outer end of the ear canal. This means that all you need to do to clean your ears is to wipe around the outside of the ear with a damp cloth regularly.

If a build-up of wax blocks the ear canal, visit your doctor, and they can physically remove the blockage.

Protecting your ears

Noise is vibration that causes a response in the human ear. Scientifically speaking, noise and sound are the same thing. One person’s noise can be another person’s symphony.

Excessive exposure to loud noise can damage the delicate mechanism of the ear. In a short time you can develop a temporary loss of hearing that can become permanent over an extended period of noise exposure. You could be damaging your hearing if it’s so noisy that you need to shout to talk to someone an arm’s length away, or if your hearing seems dull or your ears are ringing after leaving a noisy situation, such as a concert.

The best action to take if you are exposed to loud noise is to either remove the noise or remove yourself from the noise. The use of earplugs or ear muffs is not the best solution, although they can reduce the risk of suffering a hearing loss. If you use hearing protectors, be sure to follow all instructions carefully to ensure best protection.

Sources of loud noise can be:

  • Mechanical plant or machinery
  • Power Tools
  • Lawnmowers
  • Compressed Air Sources
  • Loud music at concerts or entertainment venues
  • Personal music players
  • Shooting

If you think a noise is too loud, it probably is!