Oticon recently released the Oticon OPN, the manufacturer’s latest commitment to enhancing the user’s ability to hear with less effort and better speech understanding is truly groundbreaking in the healthy hearing industry.

This newest form of Brainhearing technology focuses on the main sounds and decreases the volume of background noise by scanning the user’s surrounding 100 times per second to analyze and balance each individual sound. This allows the user to understand the speech in front of them while also making environmental sounds accessible, but not disturbing.

For Hearing Aid Service and Repair in Manatee County Florida or Sarasota County Florida, you need look no further than Manatee Ear Center.  

When a hearing aid is broken beyond restoration, you will need replacement.  But a little troubleshooting by skilled staff in our office may reveal an opportunity for hearing aid repair that can save the cost of a new hearing aid.  

Common Hearing Aid Repairs include:  Replace the battery; Repair Battery Door; Clean your hearing aid; Replace the wax filter; and check your hearing aid input settings.  Hearing aid repair issues can be evaluated during walk-in hours, Monday through Friday from 1 to 2 pm.  In some cases, repairs can be made while you wait.  

Have you heard the expression, “Nothing smaller than your elbow should go in your ear?” Q-Tips or cotton swabs can be used to clean the outside of your ear. But hearing aid specialsts at Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton Florida want you to know that Q-Tips should not be put inside your ear canal for the following reasons:

First, there is supposed to be wax in your ears to help keep water out and protect the ear canal from dirt or infection. Second, putting a Q-Tip in your ear is more likely to push wax in deeper where it can form a harmful wax plug requiring medical attention. Finally, you could puncture your eardrum, which might require surgery or cause permanent hearing loss.  So… here are 10 things you can do with Q-Tips instead of putting them in your ear:

Tips to Maintain Your Earwax

Ear wax is beneficial to your ears. But when your earwax, or cerumen,  prevents you from hearing, it’s time to take action.

Below you will find a few tips to calm your wax production.

Stop Using Q-Tips
When you use cotton swabs, you're actually pushing the ear wax further into your ear canal. At worst, you could damage your external ear canal or even rupture your eardrum.

Having water in your ear can be a nuisance, but there’s no need to use a cotton swab. Try putting a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol in your ear.  The alcohol acts as a drying agent and helps the water evaporate.

The warm weather is upon us. School is letting out and spending time in the water is just one of the perks of summertime.

The downfall of spending all day in the pool or ocean – water in your ears.  Typically it drains by itself, but if the water decides it wants to hang around, you could find yourself with an infection called swimmer’s ear.

Marked by redness, itchiness, swelling,  and pain when pressure is placed on the ear. It’s easily treated with antibacterial ear drops. However, it’s also easily preventable.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’t’s from the Centers for Disease Control to help you avoid swimmer’s ear this summer.


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