Clear your ears so you may hear
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.