Ear Health Service
A significant proportion of the population suffer from ear and hearing health conditions. Many people have to wait months for treatment, or simply resign themselves to living with their condition, unaware that they could receive life-changing treatment at their local pharmacy.
A pharmacy’s ability to offer hearing screening, ear diagnostics, wax removal and other services is a major benefit for the local community and other existing healthcare services. Making these services more accessible in our local communities mean reduced travel and a shorter treatment journey which is particularly important at the current time.
The importance of good ear and hearing health
Good ear and hearing health is important to people of all ages and helps us get the most out of life. Our hearing can be affected by many factors, including age, the build-up of wax and the misuse of cotton buds and in-ear headphones.
If our ability to hear deteriorates it requires more energy to listen and participate in daily life so we become tired and, in some cases, socially withdrawn. If left untreated hearing loss is known to be a significant contributing factor in the development of dementia in older people.
Signs to look out for
There are a range of signs to watch out for which could indicate if you have an ear or hearing problem. Loss of hearing, earache, discomfort, discharge, ears feeling full, ringing, itching, loss of balance, dizziness and coughing can all be signs that a change has occurred in your ears and you should get them checked.
Simple diagnosis and treatments
Today, thanks to modern technology, there are medical treatments and procedures that can quickly diagnose ear and hearing conditions. Infections and skin conditions, as well as excessive and compacted wax, can be identified and treated quickly and painlessly at your local pharmacy.
Once the wax has been removed a hearing screening can be performed. This will identify any hearing issues and whether you require further treatment. However, in many cases, the initial problem could’ve simply been down to the presence of wax itself.
Fast local care
Recent advancements in medical technology now mean that ear and hearing screening, as well as other basic procedures, can now be performed in local clinics, pharmacies, care homes or even within the home. During an examination, high definition images and video of the inner ear can be recorded and shared with specialist doctors anywhere in the world.
Wax removal is no longer performed for free by the NHS, however fast and affordable services are now available locally on the high street, in shopping centres and at local health clinics. Accessing these services within the community removes the hassle of attending GP appointments and hospitals and lessens the strain on NHS resources.
Quick screen process
It only takes around 15 minutes to examine a patient and identify any issues within the ear. Then, if necessary, a fast and painless procedure can be undertaken to clear the ear of any debris or built-up wax which can immediately improve hearing capabilities.
Trained staff and advanced equipment are required to perform a hearing screening, record images, remove wax and diagnose an ear condition. Our staff are expertly trained to use the latest Tympa Health system to deliver the best service and care possible.