Clear your ears so you may hear

Central Leader - - Health & Beauty -

Many peo­ple suf­fer from an un­com­fort­able, “blocked” feel­ing in one or both ears.

This of­ten comes with colds and up­per res­pi­ra­tory tract in­fec­tions, but it can also hap­pen when fly­ing or div­ing.

An es­ti­mated 10 per cent of adults suf­fer mid­dle ear prob­lems, caus­ing con­tin­ual dis­com­fort or fluc­tu­at­ing hear­ing loss.

For chil­dren, that es­ti­mate is per­haps as high as 30 per­cent.

Mid­dle ear fluid is the sec­ond most cited rea­son af­ter the com­mon cold for chil­dren to visit their fam­ily doc­tor.

Each year thou­sands of pre­scrip­tions are writ­ten in New Zealand to treat Oti­tis Me­dia with Ef­fu­sion (OME).

If an­tibi­otics fail, per­sis­tent OME is of­ten treated with surgery to in­sert ear ven­ti­la­tion tubes or grom­mets.

Now the new EarPop­per de­vice, avail­able from Ap­plied Hear­ing, can pre­vent or even elim­i­nate mid­dle ear prob­lems without the need for an­tibi­otic or sur­gi­cal treat­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Ap­plied Hear­ing au­di­ol­o­gist Alan Fer­gu­son, this sim­ple, non-in­va­sive de­vice of­fers a safe and clin­i­cally-proven treat­ment op­tion.

In a four-year study spon­sored by the US Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health, 85 per cent of chil­dren di­ag­nosed with hear­ing loss from per­sis­tent OME who were treated with the EarPop­per re­gained their hear­ing.

The bat­tery-op­er­ated de­vice de­liv­ers a con­stant, con­trolled stream of air pres­sure and flow into the nasal cav­ity, di­vert­ing air up the Eus­tachian tube when the pa­tient swal­lows.

Used for a few sec­onds each day, the re­sult clears and ven­ti­lates the mid­dle ear.

“I be­came a fan af­ter see­ing the de­vice at an over­seas con­fer­ence and bring­ing it home for my youngest son whose re­cur­ring ear prob­lems meant he was strug­gling to hear in class,” Alan Fer­gu­son says.

The EarPop­per can be demon­strated at any Ap­plied Hear­ing clinic, in­clud­ing those at 232 Great South Rd, Re­muera and at Sel­wyn House Med­i­cal Cen­tre, How­ick.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call them 524 5736 or visit the web­site www. ap­plied­hear­ing.co.nz.

Non-in­va­sive: The EarPop­per de­vice, avail­able from Ap­plied Hear­ing, can elim­i­nate mid­dle ear prob­lems without the need for an­tibi­otic or sur­gi­cal treat­ment.

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