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Why do I need to visit the optician for ear wax removal?

No more syringing

Sadly, patients with ear wax build-ups can no longer get their ears cleaned for free by their General Practitioners. A GP practice is essentially a private business, which only gets paid to deliver services that have been agreed to by the Local Clinical Commissioning Group. Clinical Commissioning Groups have stopped paying for ear wax removal, so GP practices no longer offer this service.

The large corporations such as Boots that began providing ear wax removal services have since decided to discontinue the service as well.

Consequently, a lot of people (myself included!) were unable to have their ears cleaned. It is difficult to comprehend how serious an issue excessive ear wax can be for those without it. The loss of hearing is not the only discomfort many people experience. It can also result in infections and other complications. Sadly, some of those who have attended Allegro Optical for ear wax removal didn’t feel safe driving or couldn’t do their jobs safely until they had the wax removed.

At Allegro Optical we offer a safe, caring and efficient ear wax removal service. Micro-suction and irrigation are the two techniques used to remove ear wax. 

Isn’t Irrigation the same as syringing?

The removal of ear wax by irrigation has entirely replaced ear syringing. Syringing the ear to clean it that is pretty much discredited. It could cause more problems than it solved and often it failed to remove ear wax. Water is controlled during irrigation, making it safer and more effective.

What is micro-suction

Micro-suction is one of the driest methods to clean the ear. Your ear is examined with a microscope by the hearing care professional. By magnifying the ear, the hearing care professional can evaluate and treat it more easily. Suction devices are used to clean the ear without using water.

The elderly who are unable to travel to the clinic may be severely affected by excessive ear wax, so we offer a mobile service that comes to their homes. In addition, we visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

In another BBC article, the BBC explains why it is no longer free to remove ear wax  – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54296737

If you are suffering from excessive ear wax, please get in touch with either Allegro Optical Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Allegro Optical Meltham on 01484 907090 to book an appointment to have your ears cleared.

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It’s Earth Day

What are you doing this Earth Day

Less is more in terms of impact

It’s Earth Day, so at Allegro Optical we’ve been thinking about our ecological footprint. We have always been passionate about protecting our environment and for years we have been delighted to stock low impact eyewear. As far back as 2017 we began stocking Hemp eyewear, the first frames to be made from plant fibres. Since then many more manufacturers have embraced the need to look after our planet.

Marine plastic

In 2019 Sea2See launched their award-winning eyewear range which is entirely made of recycled marine plastic collected by fishermen in Spain. In fact, in 2020 Sea2see won the coveted Optician Awards “Frame of the Year”. Sea2see frames appeal to a wide audience through style, technical excellence and of course the environmental values they convey.

Bringing nature to eyewear

Next on our list is the incredible David Green eyewear collection which features natural detailing such as fallen leaves, mother of pearl, reeds and a variety of woods. These items are incorporated into a natural, cotton-based acetate out of which the frames are individually cut by hand. As a testament to their environmental message,David Green Eyewear is therefore plastic-free, handcrafted and unique by nature.

Plant a tree

Since Earth Day roughly coincides with Arbor Day (April 26), now is the ideal time to mention our Eco-Conscious range of frames by Eyespace. For each frame sold a tree is planted close to the buyers home. By planting trees we can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep soil in place to prevent erosion. They really do support life on Earth. 

Doing the right thing

We have always believed in doing the right thing for our planet and in protecting it for future generations. This is why we try to stock ethical and affordable eyewear with a low carbon footprint.

 

Show your conscience

If you would like to know more about our many different ethical and ecological eyewear brands or to try the various ranges for yourself give us a call on Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to book your ethical eyewear styling consultation

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Your hearing and your hearing aids

Hearing care at Allegro Optical

Look after your hearing and your hearing aids

During your appointment our Audiologist Kevin will have shown you how to clean your in the ear (ITE) hearing aids, but if you need a refresher, here’s a reminder for your cleaning routine. 

Kevin McMulkin Audiologist Allegro Optical

Daily cleaning routine

Get into the habit of wiping down the surface of your hearing aid with the cleaning wipes Kevin recommends, or with the cleaning spray and cloth provided with your hearing aids. This will remove any dirt or dry wax which has built up over the days wear. Clean away all the dirt which has collected in the sound outlet by using the brush provided. If you have a hearing aid with a small vent hole under the sound outlet clean this with spray or the brush provided. If there appears to be any moisture on your hearing aid, please put it into an airing cupboard overnight.

Monthly ITE hearing aid care

The microphones in your hearing aids are small openings. They are located just above or below your battery housing, in some cases, there are two openings. Once a month gently brush these openings with a clean brush to remove any dust or dirt. On a monthly basis check the condition of your hearing aids wax filter. If this filter looks discoloured or dirty, or if you can see wax in it; that you cannot remove, it is time to change the filter. Kevin will give you a pack of new filters and these will include a tool to change the filter. Use one end of the tool to remove the old filter from the sound outlet, and the other end to carefully push another clean filter into its place. Amplifon clean your hearing aid

Every Six Months

If after six months you haven’t changed the wax filter on your hearing aid now is the time to do it. These filters need to be changed at least once every six months. Your pack of new filters will include a tool we mentioned earlier to change the filter. Use one end to remove the old filter from the sound outlet, and use the other end to carefully push another clean filter into its place.