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Is hearing loss getting you down? A few simple steps will help protect your Hearing Health and put the fun back in your life. Know more about hearing aid and how hearing can be taken care of.
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Guidelines for Issue of Hearing Disability Certificate

The jobs reserved for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) requires that the candidate should have a Hearing Disability Certificate. Find out how and where to apply. The post Guidelines for Issue of Hearing Disability Certificate appeared first on...

The Government of India has been constantly providing funds for the rehabilitation of the Hearing Handicapped. The popular ADIP Scheme    (Assistance for the Disabled Persons) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment provides free of cost Hearing aids and Cochlear Implants or at a subsidised rate to children and adults from the low income category. All State Governments have Assistance Schemes which are available at all levels including the District and village level.

Guidelines for Issue of Hearing Disability Certificate
Hearing Impaired Child with Hearing aid

According to the available studies and the Indian Census 2011, 99% of the Deaf population in the productive age group of 15 – 59 are non-matriculates. 73.9% of deaf are unemployed or marginal workers.

If one is looking for work, it can be a daunting task not knowing where to start. EarGuru has compiled a list of the Organisations and Charities offering one-to-one support and personalised career advice to help deaf and disabled job seekers into employment.

  • Why do we need a Disability Certificate?

The jobs reserved under the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) quota requires that the candidate should have a Hearing Disability Certificate. The Government and Public Sector undertakings have reserved a 4% quota for the disabled, the private sector is not far behind in offering jobs to the disabled.

  • Who issues the Hearing Disability Certificate?

The Government appoints a Medical Board at the State and District level to issue the Disability Certificate. The Board normally consists of a Chief Medical Officer, a Sub Divisional Medical Officer and the ENT Doctor or an Audiologist on the board. The Government has made provisions to apply and renew Disability certificates online. 

 The candidates can also visit the nearest issuing authority at their place of residence.

  • Do I have to provide any Documents?

The Medical Board and the ENT Doctor or an Audiologist will conduct the test to confirm the disability. However the candidate should carry the Birth Certificate and the proof of residence.

  • What is the Validity of the Disability Certificate?

The Disability Certificate is valid for a period of 5 years. The candidate should apply for a renewal of certificate after the validity expiry.

A Disabled Person can also apply online for an Identity card or a Swavlamban card.

The card is handy to carry and helps in getting concessions for travel etc.

  • Who is a Hearing Disabled?

The Medical Board issues the Hearing disability certificate as per the definition of Hearing Disability specified in the Persons with Disability Act. (PwD) 1995 which states that the hearing disabled person is one who has a hearing loss of 60 dB HL or more in the better ear for conversational range of frequencies.

For implementation of PWD Act 1995, Government of India has published a Gazette in 2001. This Gazette provides the guidelines for issue of Disability Certificate.

  • What is Hearing Disability?

Definition of Hearing Disability: A persons with hearing impairment having difficulty of various degrees in hearing sounds is a Hearing impaired person.

Categories of Hearing Impairment

CATEGORIES OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT
Category Type of Impairment dB Level Word Recognition Score
(Speech discrimination)
Percentage (%)
of Impairment
I Mild
hearing impairment
26 – 40 dBHL
in better ear
80 to 100% % in better ear Less than 40%
II a Moderate
hearing impairment
41 to 60 dB.
in better ear
50 to 80% in better ear 40% to 50%
II b Severe
hearing impairment
61 to 70 dB.
in better ear
40 to 50% in better ear 71 % to 100%
III a Profound
hearing Impairment
71 to 90 dB
in better ear
Less than 40% in better ear 100%
III c Total deafness 91 dB and
above in better ear
Very poor
discrimination
100%

Guidelines on Hearing Impairment

In addition to the above, the following factors are also considered.

  1. Pure tone average of hearing in 500 – 4000 Hz by (Air conduction and bone conduction) should be taken as basis for certification of disability.
  2. When there is only an island of hearing present in one or two frequencies in better ear then it should be considered as total loss of hearing.
  3. Whenever there is no response at any of the four frequencies (500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 4000 Hz) then it should be considered as equivalent to 100 dB loss for the purpose of classification of disability.

Readers can visit the site for more information on various schemes and information for the Hearing impaired.

We regularly post updates on the schemes, benefits available and the current job openings in the Notice Board section of our site.

Private organisations willing to employ Hearing Impaired people can write to us with details. We will be happy to post the vacancy on our website.

We welcome your comments and feedback

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Pros and Cons of Invisible Hearing Aids

Invisible Hearing aids are not seen or are invisible to others. The small Hearing aid slides and fit deep into the ear canal. An ideal choice for people concerned about the visibility. The post Pros and Cons of Invisible Hearing Aids appeared first on...

Invisible Hearing aids as the name suggests are Hearing aids which are not seen or are invisible to others. The small Hearing aids slide and fit deep into the ear canal with the tip reaching close to the eardrum. But do all Hearing aids which are not seen can be called Invisible? Technically speaking this is not entirely true. Some small ITC’s and CIC’s are also fitted deep in the canal and are hardly noticeable but they are not “Invisible in the Canal” or IIC Hearing aid.

Pros and Cons of Invisible Hearing aids

What exactly is an IIC or Invisible in the Canal Hearing aid?

Invisible in the Canal Hearing aid or IIC is a style of Hearing aid which is smaller than a CIC. The IIC or invisible Hearing aid is inserted deep beyond the second bend of the ear canal. Comparatively an ITC or a CIC Hearing aid however small fits into the outer part or before the second bend of the ear canal. Due to its small size the ITC or CIC may not noticeable or is almost invisible but it is not an IIC Hearing aid.

Styles of invisible Hearing aids
Styles of invisible Hearing aids

In the case of an ITC or a CIC, the faceplate or the front plate is visible. Some manufacturers do provide controls like a small volume control and a program change button on the faceplate of ITC and CIC Hearing aid. In case of an IIC, there are no controls on the faceplate. The small faceplate has a battery drawer. This does not leave room for any controls on the faceplate nor can the user activate the control as the small Hearing aid is not reachable except in some cases with our little finger. The manufacturer provides a nylon string or pulling thread to pull the Hearing aid out for cleaning, storing before retiring or for changing batteries.

Invisible Hearing Amplifier Technology

Hearing aid manufacturers have 2 challenges while designing new models.

  • Making the Hearing aids smaller in size
  • Improving sound quality and features

The advances in Digital electronics is helping them achieve both. Invisible Hearing amplifier technology has made Hearing aids virtually invisible. With every new product launch, the manufacturers have been successful in reducing the size of the invisible Hearing aids or IIC. Improvement in sound quality and useful features like Bluetooth connectivity and Remote control are becoming a standard provision.

Before you make a decision, there are certain important things to know before buying an Invisible Hearing aid or an IIC.

Advantages or Pros of Invisible Hearing aids

A pair of Invisible IIC Hearing aids
A pair of Invisible IIC Hearing aids
  • The most important advantage of the invisible Hearing aid is its small size. Some people avoid using Hearing aids because of the visibility factor. These people can now comfortably use an IIC. Since the Hearing aid fits beyond the second bend of the ear canal, it is not visible.
  • There are no external wires or tubes. The complete Hearing aid with the battery fits into the ear canal.
  • The IIC Hearing aid is small and lightweight, the user is very comfortable and uses them regularly.
  • Since the IIC Hearing aid fits deep in the canal, the sound picked up by the microphone is more natural. The microphone does not pick up wind noise and other unwanted sounds.
  • The user can speak on the telephone in a normal manner with the telephone earpiece close to the ear or can use Headphones.
  • Doctors with Hearing loss can use stethoscopes. This is not possible if the Hearing aid is fitted in the outer ear canal.
  • Since the Hearing aid receiver is close to the eardrum, it requires less power for amplification. This results in lower distortion and clear speech.
  • The latest models have Bluetooth connectivity, Remote control, multi programs and ear to ear streaming for phones.

Disadvantages or Cons of Invisible Hearing Aids

IIC Hearing aid inserted in the ear canal
IIC Hearing aid inserted in the ear canal
  • The IIC does not suit people with a very narrow ear canal. People having a collapsed or a deformed ear canal cannot use this style of Hearing aid.
  • People having profound Hearing loss cannot use an IIC. Due to the small size of the amplifier components, the amplification is less compared to a BTE. New invisible Hearing aids are available for severe to a severely-profound category of Hearing loss.
  • The life of the battery is short due to its small size. The user has to replace batteries often. It is not a disadvantage if the cost is affordable or if the manufacturer provides rechargeable batteries.
  • Since the Hearing aid is close to the eardrum, there are more chances of wax blocking the opening. Regular maintenance is necessary. People with excessive earwax generation should be aware before buying an IIC Hearing aid.
  • It is not advisable for the elderly with unsteady hands to use an IIC unless they have someone to assist them. The Hearing aid should not fall while Inserting or removing. The brittle shell can crack if it falls on the floor or a hard surface.
  • It is not advisable to use the invisible or any style of In the Ear Hearing aid if there is a discharge from the ears. The discharge will seep into the Hearing aid and damage the electronic parts. For these cases, BTE Hearing aid is the best option.
  • People with ruptured eardrum or frequent infections should avoid using IIC Hearing aids. It is advisable to consult your Audiologist before making the decision.
  • Some users might get the plugged up or occluded feeling. Due to the small size of the Hearing aid venting is not possible. Venting is a method to release the pressure to reduce the occlusion or plugged in feeling.

Besides the above features, one should also consider their lifestyle before selecting the style of Hearing aid. A discussion with your Audiologist will help you in selecting the right style for you. A wrong choice normally results in the reluctant or occasional use of Hearing aid which reduces the benefits.

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Tips to Protect your Hearing Aids from Rain and Water

If you are a regular Hearing aid user, your Hearing aids are the extension of your ears. It is important that your Hearing aids are well maintained and remain trouble free during the rains. A few Tips to protect your Hearing aids from rain and water. The post Tips to Protect your Hearing Aids from Rain and Water appeared first on...

If you are a regular Hearing aid user, your Hearing aids are the extension of your ears. It is important that your Hearing aids are well maintained and remain trouble free during the rains. Though regular Home maintenance is recommended throughout the year, problems like intermittent switches and crackling noise are more frequent during the rains. Though most of the available Digital Hearing aids are either water repellent or water resistant, they do give minor problems. Picking up a few Tips to protect your Hearing aids from rain and water will ensure trouble-free usage.

Tips to Protect your Hearing Aids from Rain and Water - Earguru

What precautions should I take during the Rains?

If you are a regular Hearing aid user and commute to the office it is natural that your Hearing aids will be exposed to water and humidity. You can read the following tips to protect your Hearing aids from the rain.

How to protect your Hearing aids from Rain.

If your Hearing aids are not water resistant and you are caught in an unexpected rain without an umbrella, your first instinct should be to protect your Hearing aids. The best option is to remove them and put them in a waterproof pouch. Always carry a waterproof pouch or a zip-lock bag. The Hearing aids will be safe from water and moisture in the waterproof bag.

  • Always keep a soft, dry cloth in the office

Hearing Aid Cleaning: How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids
Wipe the Hearing aids clean with a soft dry cloth or a tissue

It is advisable to keep a soft, dry cloth in your office. Once you reach the office, remove the Hearing aids and wipe them carefully with a soft dry cloth. In case you do not have a soft, dry cloth, you can use a dry tissue to clean the Hearing aids.

After cleaning the Hearing aids externally, open the battery compartment and remove the battery. Clean the battery compartment from inside. In case you are an ITC or a CIC user and cannot insert the cloth, use a cotton bud to clean all the water and the moisture. It is important to clean the battery as well. If the moisture is allowed to remain on the battery, the battery will run out faster than usual.

  • Use a Dehumidifier or a Stay Dry box

If possible, keep a Dehumidifier box or a Stay Dry box in your office or use it when you retire for the day. Insert the Hearing aids in the Dehumidifier or a Stay Dry box after carefully cleaning the Hearing aids and the battery compartment with a dry cloth or tissue.

Hearing Aid Dryer or Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers for Hearing aid protection

There are 2 types of Dehumidifiers. The electrically operated one is found to be more effective. Some of the Dehumidifiers blow air, this helps the air to reach the inner parts of the Hearing aid and dry the moisture. The basic non-electrical Dehumidifiers use a Desiccant. Desiccants are substances which absorb the moisture.

  • Simple Home tip for Desiccant

Place your hearing aids in the jar of desiccant overnight or until they are completely dry
Use Rice to dry your Hearing aids

You will be surprised to know that we may have a handy desiccant at home. Yes! Rice is a very good desiccant. In case you do not have a company made dehumidifier, you can insert the Hearing aid into a packet of uncooked rice.

Protective sleeves for Hearing aids is a good way to protect your Hearing aids. The sleeves are made of spandex nylon material which is water resistant. The sleeve protects the Hearing aid from water as well as dust. It is ideal for playful children and for people who sweat.

  • Can I use a Hair Dryer to dry my Hearing aid?

It is not advisable to use a hairdryer in the hot air mode. In case you want to use a hairdryer, it should be in a cold air or normal mode. Hot air can damage the Hearing aid’s delicate parts.

  • Are waterproof Hearing aids available?

100% waterproof Hearing aids are not available. But water repellent or water resistant Hearing aids are available from most of the reputed manufacturers.

  • What are water Repellent Hearing aids?

Most of the hearing aid manufacturers “Nano coat” the outer shell of the factory manufactured Hearing aid. This is a process where the shell has a very fine layer of a material which is basically “water repellent”. The Nano coating does not allow the water droplets to stick to the Hearing aid shell. This prevents water droplets to seep into the Hearing aid through the small openings.

  • What are Water Resistant Hearing aids?

Water resistant Hearing aids are a step ahead of water repellent Hearing aids. The housing is designed in such a way that there are no gaps or openings for the water to get in. The microphone is covered by a special membrane which allows air and sound waves to enter but do not permit water to enter inside.

  • Can I swim with my Water Resistant Hearing aids?

The water-resistant Hearing aids cannot be used while swimming or while having a shower. These Hearing aids can be used in normal rain and sweat situations. You do not have to panic and remove your Hearing aids if you are caught in the rain. It is still advisable to clean and dry them after you reach home. The currently available models of water-resistant Hearing aids are classified as IP67 or IP68.

  • What is IP67 or IP68 code?

IP means Ingress Protection,  the number indicates the protection rating of your Hearing aids against dust particles and water.

The first number “6” means that your Hearing aid has 100% protection against dust particles. 6 is the maximum score for dust protection. The second number which is 7 or 8 indicates protection against water. 7 indicates that your Hearing aid can be under water for not more than 30 minutes up to a maximum depth of 1 meter. The number 8 indicates that your Hearing aid can be under water for not more than 60 minutes up to a maximum depth of 1 meter.

IP67 = Dust protection 100%.

           Water protection: 30 minutes at 1 meter depth.

IP68 = Dust protection 100%.

            Water protection: 60 minutes at 1 meter depth.

Please note that the above rating is for the damage to the Hearing aid. It does not mean that your Hearing aid will keep working under water for 30 minutes or 60 minutes. The irony is that the Zinc Air Hearing aid batteries we use require continuous air to produce power. Since air will not be available under water, the Hearing aid stops working. However, they start working once the batteries are exposed to air.

It has to be noted that the standard manufacturer warranty is not applicable if the Hearing aids have been damaged due to water or humidity. Regular home maintenance will add a few years to the life of your Hearing aids.

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Manager level Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped

Senior Positions. Vacancies for Manager level Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped. The post Manager level Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped appeared first on Earguru.

Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped Deputy Manager (Project Logistics)

 

Position

 

Deputy Manager [Project Logistics] – West

 

Company

 

Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd.

 

Reporting Location

 

Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

Reference No.

 

BL/Rect/Exe/E2/LS-Mum/2017-18/04

 

Minimum Qualification

 

3 years Graduate (Non-Engg.) [Any Discipline] (only AICTE/ UGC/ MHRD/ AITA/UFTAA approved Institutes/ Universities)

 

Minimum work Experience

 

Degree Holders: 5 years; Diploma Holders: 9 years
(3 year Experience in the field of Project Logistics is MANDATORY)

 

Preferred Qualification

 

Candidates with MBA or Equivalent degree in Logistics or Sales & Marketing with Degree / Diploma in Civil Engineering shall be preferred

 

Last date

 

13th July 2018.

 

Complete Details and Application

 

Please read the general terms and Conditions

 

Note

 

Applications submitted using the ‘Online’ format shall only be considered.

 

For any queries please mail to chrd@balmerlawrie.com with the ref.no. of the advertisement and position name as subject or contact 033-22225218.

Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped – Head (Operations -G&L)

 

Position

 

Head (Operations) – G&L

 

Company

 

Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd.

 

Reporting Location

 

Kolkatta, West Bengal

 

Reference No.

 

BL/Rect/Exe/E6/G&L-Kol/2017-18/01

Minimum Qualification  

3 years Graduate (Non-Engg.) [Any Discipline] (only AICTE/ UGC/ MHRD/ AITA/UFTAA approved Institutes/ Universities)

 

Minimum work Experience

 

20 Years

Preferred Qualification  

Graduate Engineer in Production/ Mechanical/ Chemical discipline with MBA/ PGDBM (Equivalent) [Production/ Operations]

 

Last date

 

13th July 2018.

 

Complete Details and Application

 

Please read the general terms and Conditions

 

Note

 

Applications submitted using the ‘Online’ format shall only be considered.

 

For any queries please mail to chrd@balmerlawrie.com with the ref.no. of the advertisement and position name as subject or contact 033-22225218.

Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped – Deputy Manager (FF)

 

Position

 

Deputy Manager – Freight Forwarding (FF)

 

Company

 

Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd.

 

Reporting Location

 

Pune, Maharashtra

 

Reference No.

 

BL/Rect/Exe/E2/LS-Pune/2017-18/06

 

Minimum Qualification

 

3 years Graduate (Non-Engg.) [Any Discipline] (only AICTE/ UGC/ MHRD/ AITA/UFTAA approved Institutes/ Universities)

 

Minimum work Experience

 

12 Years

 

Preferred Qualification

 

NOT MENTIONED

 

Last date

 

13th July 2018.

 

Complete Details and Application

 

Please read the general terms and Conditions

 

Note

 

Applications submitted using the ‘Online’ format shall only be considered.

 

For any queries please mail to chrd@balmerlawrie.com with the ref.no. of the advertisement and position name as subject or contact 033-22225218.

Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped – Deputy Manager Sales (FF)

 

Position

 

Deputy Manager [Sales] – Freight Forwarding (FF)

 

Company

 

Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd.

 

Reporting Location

 

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

 

Reference No.

 

BL/Rect/Exe/E2/LS-Mum/2017-18/04

Minimum Qualification  

3 years Graduate (Non-Engg.) [Any Discipline] (only AICTE/ UGC/ MHRD/ AITA/UFTAA approved Institutes/ Universities)

 

Minimum work Experience

 

12 Years

Preferred

Qualification

 

Candidates with MBA or Equivalent degree in Logistics or Sales & Marketing with Degree / Diploma in Civil Engineering shall be preferred

Degree Holders: 5 years;

Diploma Holders: 9 years

(3 year Experience in the field of Project Logistics is MANDATORY)

 

Last date

 

13th July 2018.

 

Complete Details and Application

 

Please read the general terms and Conditions

 

Note

 

Applications submitted using the ‘Online’ format shall only be considered.

 

For any queries please mail to chrd@balmerlawrie.com with the ref.no. of the advertisement and position name as subject or contact 033-22225218.

We welcome your comments and feedback

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IT Sector/Engineering Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped

Senior and Junior level Job Positions for the Hearing Handicapped in the IT Sector The post IT Sector/Engineering Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped appeared first on Earguru.

Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped Scientist/Engineer

 

Position

 

Scientist/Engineer

 

Company

 

National Atmospheric Research Laboratory

 

Reporting Location

 

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

 

Advertisement No.

 

NARL/RMT/SD/01/2018

 

Minimum Qualification

 

M.E/M.Tech, M.Phil/Ph.D

 

Minimum work Experience

 

5 – 10 years

 

 

Preferred Qualification

 

1. Area of work : Applications of GNSS satellite signals to atmospheric remote sensing.

2. Essential Qualifications: i) Post Graduate Degree in Engineering or Science. ii) Ph. D in the field of Computational Electromagnetics

3. Desirable Expertise: Numerical solution of equations for electromagnetic wave propagation and dielectric interaction using high performance computers. [Reserved for PWD (Orthopaedically Handicapped or Hearing Impaired)).

 

Last date

 

30th June 2018.

 

Complete Details and Application

 

Please see advertisement below

 

Note

 

Interested candidates may Visit the website www.nari.gov.in for detailed information and guidelines. Applications along with CV (Upload) and publications list will be received on-line only E.rnail ID of the applicant will have to be given in the appucabon compulsorily.

2. The site will remain open from 30.05.2018 (10:00 Hrs) to 30.06.2018 (23:59 Hrs) for registering the application, After on-line submission. The printed online application along With the self-attested copies of the certificates should reach to THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL ATMOSPHERIC ESEARCH LABORATORY, P.B. No. 123, S.V. UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. TIRUPATI – 517502, A.P. on or before 10 July 2018.

Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped
Jobs for the Hearing Handicapped NARL. Tirupati

Checkout other opportunities for suitable jobs. Visit Notice Board regularly.

We welcome your comments and feedback

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How to Prevent Ear Infections this Monsoon

Though the monsoon brings us the much-needed respite from the summer. It also comes with its own set of problems. The increase in humidity is an ideal condition for fungus and bacteria to grow causing Ear infection The post How to Prevent Ear Infections this Monsoon appeared first on...

Though the monsoon brings us the much-needed respite from the summer. It also comes with its own set of problems. The increase in waterborne diseases and the high humidity is bad for people who suffer from ear and throat infections. Read on to learn how to prevent Ear infections during Monsoon. Stay infection free and enjoy the rains. One has to take special care of children. Ear infection in babies is very common as they are vulnerable due to their low immunity.

How to prevent Ear Infections this monsoon

Why do we get Ear infection during Monsoon?

The increase in humidity due to the rains is an ideal condition for fungus and bacteria to grow. We often get caught in the rain and get drenched. Not changing into dry clothes immediately or walking into an air-conditioned room in wet clothes is an invitation for common cold and throat infection. According to ENT Doctors, the increase in ear infection cases jump 6 to 10 times during monsoons.

What are the Types of Ear Infection during Monsoon?

There are 2 types of Infections which are common during monsoon.

1. Bacterial infection

Though bacterial infection cases occur throughout the year, there is a large increase in cases during monsoon.

2.Fungal Infection

Fungal infection occurs when the humidity is high. The wet and moist surfaces are breeding ground for fungus. The infection lies in the outer ear or the ear canal. The scientific name for fungal infection is Otomycosis.

What are the causes of Bacterial Infection?

Bacterial infection can happen due to several causes. Throat infection is very common during the monsoon. Normally the infection during monsoon starts from the throat. Smokers are more prone than others. Most of us do not pay attention and expect the infection to cure on its own. This infection spreads to the ear through the Eustachian tube.

Eustachian Tube Infection

Ear infections through the Eustachian Tube
Location of the Eustachian Tube

Being exposed to rain, snow and cold wind may lead to a throat infection. The infection in the throat spreads to the Eustachian tube, this tube connects the throat to our Ear. The ear gets infected through the Eustachian tube. This infection is caused by bacteria.

Symptoms of Bacterial Ear infection

  • A slight ache or discomfort in the ear is the first sign. Our ears do not ache unless there is something seriously wrong.
  • A feeling of fullness or stuffiness in the ear. The feeling is due to the increase in pressure.
  • Hearing loss is another sign of ear infection. This Hearing loss is temporary, the hearing returns to normal once the infection is treated and cured.
  • Discharge from the ear. Discharge from the ear indicates the formation of pus and requires immediate attention.

Important Tips to prevent Bacterial Ear infection during Monsoon

The middle ear gets affected by bacterial infection as it spreads from the throat. We should protect our throat to ensure that the infection does not spread to the Ear.

  • During the rains, it is advisable to avoid cold drinks and foods which irritate the throat. Have lots of hot liquids like Tea, Coffee and Soups.
  • Gargle your throat with salt water, salt water is a safe disinfectant.
  • Carry a hand Sanitiser at all times, use Sanitiser if your hands come in contact with surfaces touched by others. For e.g. door knobs, bus and metro handrails.
  • If an infection has already set in, antibiotic treatment may be needed. Consult the doctor immediately, timely treatment will prevent the spread of infection.

What are the causes of Fungal Ear Infection?

Fungal Ear infection is generally caused when the fungus is formed in the ear. The 2 main reasons are-

  • Transfer of fungus from an external source to our ears.

During the humid weather, fungus tends to grow on surfaces or clothes which are exposed to dampness. Touching fungus infected clothes or surface transfers the fungus to our hands. At times we insert the same fingers into our ears. This transfers the fungus to our ears.

  • Allowing fungus to grow in the ears.

While most of the cases of fungal infection spread from external sources. The fungus can also develop in the ear. Earwax and dead skin in the ear canal supported by the humid weather can cause fungal infection.

Symptoms of Fungal infection

  • The outer ear becomes red and starts itching.
  • Swelling of the ear.
  • The skin on the ear becomes dry and starts scaling or peeling off.
  • In extreme cases, pus formation is noticed.

Tips to prevent Fungal Infections during Monsoon

Keep Your ear Dry and Clean to avoid infection

  • Keep your ears clean and dry.
  • In case your ears itch, avoid using cotton ear tips or your fingers unless they are clean.
  • Check for earwax. Clean your ears regularly. Though it is always advisable to visit the Doctor, earwax can be cleaned at home.
  • After a shower, dry your ears with a clean dry cloth.
  • If you use headphones or Bluetooth to listen to music, use a disinfectant to clean the earpiece regularly.
  • Use a hand sanitiser or wash your hands with an antiseptic soap.
  • Avoid swimming or getting your wet till the infection is totally cured.

Fungal infection is usually in the outer ear. It is necessary to visit your Doctor, the treatment is very simple. The Doctor will clean your ears to remove the fungal growth and prescribe anti fungal ear drops. Delay in treatment can cause complications requiring hospitalization.

Ear Health should be a very important part of our daily hygiene. Keeping the ears dry and clean can help avoid unnecessary infections and absenteeism from work. We should ensure that our children’s ear are clean and dry to avoid infection and absenteeism at school.

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