The Specsavers audiologists across Somerset are now open for business again for urgent and essential care – and not a minute too soon, if the results of a new survey are anything to go by.

According to the poll for Specsavers, two-thirds of us (65%) could be risking permanent damage to our hearing by using unusual methods to remove our own earwax.

Be careful with your ears

Apparently, over two-thirds of us (69%) are sticking cotton buds in their ears, while a third (33%) of us use our fingers. Worse still, some of us are using pencils (1%), paperclips (6%) and match sticks to try and unblock our ears. One person even confessed to using nail scissors.

The experts at the Specsavers stores in Somerset are advising people to seek professional advice rather than take their hearing health into their own hands. They are warning that all of these items – and other similar ones – should be avoided as they can make the problem worse, and could lead to serious and possibly permanent hearing damage.

Open for essential care

Gordon Harrison, chief audiologist at Specsavers, said: ‘The golden rule is never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. At Specsavers we carry out an estimated 40,000 ear wax removals a year, so there is not much we haven’t seen. Our experience and training make our audiology teams the go-to experts in this field.’

Specsavers audiology businesses are open for urgent and essential services, including earwax removal. Give your local Somerset store a call if you have any concerns to make an appointment or use the new Remote Care service.

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