Hearing problems are becoming more and more prevalent, and there are a rising number of young people being affected by hearing difficulties.

An old wives’ tale tells us ‘the smallest thing you should put in your ear is your elbow’, yet many hygienic types regularly stick cotton buds down their ear canal, which can really irritate your sensitive ears and increase wax build up.

Another major cause of hearing problems is music volume. If you’ve been to a music festival recently then you could be interested to know that your ears will take 3-4 days minimum to recover as they perform a huge medical process to deal with that damage. So in our modern world full of iPods and live music there is a lot of potential damage which our ears have to try and deal with. We’re not going to lie – wearing a hearing aid has never been especially trendy, however it’s amazing how many people put up with sub-standard hearing rather than get help.

If you are worried about your hearing then you need to listen up (ahem).  Lyric hearing aids, known as the contact lens for the ear, are genuinely amazing – they are inserted right down into your ear canal so there is no way anyone can see them, they don’t require any fiddling or maintenance and they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time. They can be worn during all daily activities effortlessly and invisibly improving your hearing.

Swiss-trained Jersey specialist Dr Mark Vellam, who has been fitting hearing aids for over two decades, says that these mini-marvels are unbeatable.  ‘It’s all about quality and clarity.  Lyric uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a way of coping with different environments and caters to all hearing needs.  Progress is closely monitored and the aids, which you have in 24/7, are changed every four months with no additional charge.  With Lyric, it’s the whole specialised service that you get, and that’s what’s making it such a popular option.’

Do you keep missing phone calls or people at the door?  Have you recently been to a strangely silent firework display?  If you think you might be aurally challenged but had a few hang ups about the idea of wearing a hearing aid, then why not pop along to Dr Mark’s walk in clinic (10am to 2pm on Tuesdays at Little Grove Clinic) for a chat.