Ear Health


Ear ache, discharge or infection

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical advice from your local GP. It is advisable not to wear your hearing aids with discharge or infection.

More information can be found below:

NHS: ear infections


Ear popping and Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD)

This is caused by pressure changes between your outer and middle ear.  ETD is common and often symptoms pass and there is no cause for alarm. It can also indicate an issue with your middle ear, if you are worried visit your GP.



Vertigo is caused by pathologies of the inner ear.  If you experience prolonged dizzy spells it is advisable to visit your GP. A momentary dizziness on getting up is common and usually does not indicate an inner ear pathology.

More information can be found below:

 NHS: vertigo


Ear wax problems

Your local GP surgery may provide ear syringing or ear micro suction services. Your local chemist can advise on a nunber of wax clearance products. It is advised not to use cotton ear buds to remove ear wax, as you may damage your ear drum, or push the wax further in.

 More information can be found below:

NHS: ear wax build up


Itchy ears

This can be caused by dry skin. If this is the case, a light medicated cream can help. Please contact your local chemist or GP for further advice, as there may be other causes.



This is a sound ‘heard in your head’ rather than existing outside in your environment. It may be a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound, coming from both ears or just one ear.  It is advisable to speak to your GP if you experience any of the following: 

  • you hear a pulsatile sound, which is like a heartbeat
  • the tinnitus is very pronounced in one ear only
  • the tinnitus is very distressing and is causing lack of sleep

More information can be found on our tinnitus guide below:

Action for Deafness Tinnitus Guide