Plymouth Natural Health and Healing Centre

175 Outland Rd, Plymouth, Devon, UK, PL2 3PY

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Mirwais Mansoor: Audiologist

I am a qualified audiologist with 10 years of work experience in the NHS. I worked in Sherwood Forest hospital in Mansfield following graduation from De Montfort University. I conducted my practical training at Nottingham Hearing Services. I then completed a masters level course in paediatric audiology at Manchester University. In my role as an audiologist I have performed micro-suction of ear wax. I have full registration with HCPC (Health Care Professional Council) and with RCCP (Royal College of Clinical Physiologists. I am currently studying a course in Plymouth University and offering micro-suction services at Plymouth Natural Health and Healing Centre.

Audiology is a branch of health profession that deals with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hearing, balance and tinnitus disorders. Audiologists employ various testing strategies (e.g. pure tone audiometry hearing test, otoacoustic emission measurements and electrophysiologic tests), audiologists aim to determine whether someone can hear within the normal range, and if not, which portions of hearing (high, middle, or low frequencies) are affected, to what degree, and where the lesion causing the hearing loss is found (outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, auditory nerve and/or central nervous system). If an audiologist determines that a hearing loss or vestibular abnormality is present he or she will provide recommendations to a patient as to what options (e.g. hearing aid, cochlear implants, appropriate medical referrals) may be of assistance.

In addition to testing hearing, audiologists can also work with a wide range of clients in rehabilitation (individuals with tinnitus, auditory processing disorders, cochlear implant users and/or hearing aid users), from paediatric populations to veterans and may perform assessment of tinnitus and the vestibular system.

Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, is a gray, orange, or yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection against bacteria, fungi, insects, and water. Earwax consists of shed skin cells, hair, and the secretions of the ceruminous and sebaceous glands of the ear canal. Excess or compacted cerumen can press against the eardrum or block the outside ear canal or hearing aids, potentially causing hearing loss.

You might have earwax build up because:

* you naturally produce more wax in your ears.

* You have hairy or narrow ear canals.

* You wear hearing aids or ear plugs that can push wax further in your ear canal.

* Being elderly as wax gets drier with age.

How can you tell if you have excessive ear wax?

You may have:

* earache

* difficulty hearing

* itchiness in your ears

* dizziness

* sounds such as high pitched tones in your ear without an outside source

* ear infection

Do not remove wax from your ear canal by using your fingers, cotton buds or any other object as you might move it deeper into the ear canal or potentially cause damage to your ear drum.

If ear wax causes only minor problems, you may buy over the counter ear drops from pharmacy. These drops can soften the wax and helps it fall out of your ears naturally.

However, ear drops are not suitable for everyone. If you have a perforated ear drum you should not use ear drops.

Micro-suction is a technique where a small medical grade suction is used to suck the wax out of your ear canal. This procedure is known in the medical profession to be the safest and most comfortable and painless procedure. Once the wax is removed, the symptoms should go away. If you continue to have these symptoms you have to see your GP.

At Plymouth Natural Health and Healing Centre we provide micro-suction of ear wax at the present time and plan to provide hearing test in the near future. Appointments are available throughout the week and on some weekends. We also provide home visits in cases where a client is not able to attend our clinic.