Many people have to wait months for treatment, or simply resign themselves to living with their condition, unaware that they could receive treatment at their local pharmacy with the help of the TympaHealth system.
The current waiting time to access wax removal services in the NHS is 12-16 weeks. Therefore, a pharmacy’s ability to offer hearing screening, ear diagnostics, wax removal & other services is a major benefit for the local community & other existing healthcare services. Making these services more accessible not only improves treatment pathways, but it also removes the hassle of attending GP and hospital appointments & lessens the strain on NHS resources.
The importance of good hearing health: Good ear & 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 & the misuse of cotton buds & in-ear headphones. If our ability to hear deteriorates it requires more energy to listen & participate in daily life so we become tired and, in some cases, socially withdrawn. Hearing loss is known to be the single largest modifiable risk factor for the prevention of dementia.Signs to look out for:
There are a range of signs to watch out for which could indicate you have an ear or hearing problem.
Loss of hearing, earache, discomfort, discharge, ears feeling full, ringing, itching, loss of balance, dizziness & coughing can all be signs that a change has occurred in your ears & you should get them checked.
Simple diagnosis & treatment:
Today, thanks to modern technology, there are medical treatments and procedures that can quickly diagnose ear & hearing conditions. Infections & skin conditions as well as excessive & compacted wax can be identified & treated quickly & painlessly at a local pharmacy. Once wax has been removed a hearing screening can be performed. This will identify any hearing issues & whether you require further treatment. However, in many cases, the initial problem could’ve simply been down to the presence of wax itself.
The importance of good ear & hearing health Recent advancements in medical technology now means that ear & 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 & video of the inner ear can be recorded & shared with specialist doctors anywhere in the world.
Quick screen process It only takes around 15 minutes to examine a patient & identify any issues within the ear. Then, if necessary, a fast & painless procedure can be undertaken to clear the ear of any debris or built up wax which can immediately improve hearing capabilities.
Trained staff & advanced equipment are required to perform a hearing screening, record images, remove wax & diagnose an ear condition. Our staff are expertly trained to use the latest TympaHealth system to deliver the best service & care possible.
Please call into our pharmacy
to get a supply of OLIVE OIL ear drops
which you can use for at least four days before your appointment for wax removal. Other ear drops do not work with micro-suction