Why are my ears


One of the common reasons for blocked ears is wax. Hay fever and illnesses like colds and bacterial infections are also a very common cause. Wax can quite easily be pushed down the ear canal by using an earbud to try to clean the ear and it’s not unheard of that people have used hair clips and tooth picks.

Te smallest thing that should be used in the ear is the elbow. Te ear canal is self-cleaning and an occasional drop of olive oil usually can help keep everything flowing and going. You can go see your GP or Hearing Health Specialist, if you think you are clogged with wax.

I’m sure if you have been on a plane you may have felt your ears getting blocked and then popping open. Some people even experience severe pain when the plane takes off or lands. So, what’s going on here? ETD, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is quite common and can be the result of an allergy or cold, resulting in mucus filling up the middle ear, which is an air filled cavity where those little ear bones, the Ossicular Chain, are located. Te Eustachian tube allows the middle ear to equalise by opening and closing when you swallow or yawn as a reflex reaction. If your ears fail to equalise, your ears will feel blocked because the eardrum is either being pushed out or pulled in. Tat’s why sucking a sweet when taking off can be helpful. A product like Otovent, which uses a balloon to help you clear your tubes is a treatment option and useful for children with glue ear too.

When you start sniffling, you may start becoming blocked. Don’t worry, it usually corrects itself. It is good advice to always speak to your GP. Sudden hearing loss however can be a sign of something more sinister and you would be urged to seek medical advice urgently.

Bernard Paice RHAD Hearing Aid Audiologist HCPC Registered HAD01103


At the Wildlife Park, we are devoted to the conservation of native wildlife and the protection of the biodiversity of the planet. Our aim is to inspire people to connect with nature and help them to understand the interdependence of humans, animals and the environment. With ongoing climate change issues and habitat loss, in 2020 we will be thinking about this more than ever, with continued conservation work on the wider Armathwaite Hall Estate.

For many years, we have been making our own hay for animal feed on our upland meadows using traditional farming methods. In summer, the abundance of wildflowers and diversity of butterflies is a stunning sight. We have three freshwater ponds that provide essential habitat for birds such as kingfishers, frogs, newts and freshwater invertebrates.

To reinforce the population of these precious old and native trees, we have been running a tree planting project with the Woodland Trust for the last 10 years, which has seen approximately 10,000 trees and shrubs planted at the two-acre Whitebecks Woodland site. Last February, Keswick Scouts joined conservation volunteers and staff, to plant a further 2,500 trees as part of an initiative, in conjunction with Cumbria Woodlands and United Utilities. Around the Estate, small shrubs and trees have been planted to create hedgerows, which provide essential habitat and corridors for birds, mammals and insects.

Our other key habitat is Woodland, providing cover for Tawny Owls, Roe Deer, Hares and Red Squirrels. In the Wildlife Park, you can wander through native trees that form the ‘Woodland Walk’, where you will find our Scottish Wildcats and Wild Boar. We have old Oak Trees in the Gibbon and Lemur Enclosures that are approximately 140 years old.

2020 marks the year for us to plant another 2,500 trees to take the total to 15,000 trees! This year, we are again looking for help to create our ever- growing woodland. We are looking for both individuals or small businesses to help us out. So, if you would like to do your bit for conservation please get in touch.

Richard Robinson, Park Manager and the Team at the Lake District Wildlife Park • 017687 76239 • ISSUE 438 | 23 JANUARY 2020 | 23

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