David Mason R.H.A.D Hearing Aid Audiologist Ampleforth, York.    Tel: 0800 612 7 812
0800 612 7812

David has now retired and has
handed over the business to
Mr Robert Donnan RHAD.

Please be assured that his service and commitment to his clients are in direct parallel with our own. He has recently opened a branch in Fulford, York and has a number of other highly useful resources that you may find useful in the future. This includes Micro suction.

You can have every confidence in his service and I'm delighted to say that he always treats people with consideration and commitment. If you are interested in the latest hearing instruments he will only be too pleased to organise a free trial.

David Mason - August 2016


York Hearing Practice, 92 Main Street, Fulford, YORK YO10 4PS

Freephone 0800 612 7812

The outer ear


While the outer ear is a great place to display jewellery, it is specifically designed to collect sound. Sound begins as motion. When objects vibrate, molecules of air are set in motion and transmitted as sound waves.

The outer ear’s bell-like contours guide and focus these sound waves into the ear canal, where they’re aided and amplified by its spiralling shape.

This natural phenomenon works so well we copy it to hear even better: a radio announcer cups his hand around his ear, simultaneously gathering sound in and blocking background noise out.

Once inside the ear canal, sound waves travel on until they reach the eardrum, the dividing point between the outer and middle ear.

Outer ear infections

A relatively common type of ear infection is swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa. This is an infection of the skin of the outer ear canal most often caused by a micro-organism called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. So, the site of the infection is in front of the eardrum, rather than behind it, as in middle ear infections.

The outer ear is normally a dry environment. Prolonged exposure to excessive moisture – as may be the case if your child swims, showers or washes their hair frequently may result in the removal of the protective wax layer in the outer ear. This makes the ear canal susceptible to infection from bacteria and fungi.

Swimmer’s ear is normally treated with drops that contain antibiotics. The accompanying pain is usually stronger than in middle ear infections, and is typically associated with persistent itching, redness and swelling of the outer ear, pus discharge, and muffled hearing.

There are a few simple, and yet effective, ways to reduce your child’s risk of developing swimmer’s ear.

  • Make sure they swim only in properly disinfected pools, and encourage them to wear a bathing cap.
  • Teach them to dry well their ears after swimming, showering and washing their hair, using a clean towel. Have them turn their head to each side to get the water out of their ears, first.
  • Check them regularly for scratches in their ears, as these can easily become infected. If you do find injuries, keep your child’s ears as dry as possible for at least a week or two.
  • Pay careful attention, when cleaning your child’s ears, not to remove the protective wax layer in the ear canal.

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