Ears gather sounds. Learn more about its parts, how it functions, related conditions and tips to care about them.
Ear wax (cerumen) is produced by tiny glands in the ear canal and helps keep the ears clean. The wax is not harmful, but if it builds up, it can cause problems.
Glue ear is a condition where the liquid inside your middle ear gets trapped and becomes thick. Learn more about its causes, symptoms and treatment.
Objects in the ear
It is most likely children who will poke something into their ear. This can cause pain, swelling or even deafness. Get advice here about how to look after yourself should you have an object in your ear.
Fluid from the ear
Fluid coming from your ear is usually just ear wax, but sometimes it can be a sign of illness or injury. Read more here about its causes and treatments.
Objects in the ear after care
When an object has been removed from the ear, it is possible to get an infection. Signs of infection can include pain, redness and temperature. Learn more about these symptoms and how to self care tips here.
Grommets are tubes inserted into the eardrum after repeated ear infections or ‘glue ear’. Learn when grommets are used and how to care for a child with grommets.
Otosclerosis is an inherited condition that affects the middle ear. It's the most common cause of deafness in adults, but it can be treated with a hearing aid or with surgery.
Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the balancing centre in your inner ear. Here’s how it may come about, symptoms to look out for and treatment options.
Ear infections are common and children are most often affected by this condition. Ear infections can be made worse by getting water in your ears, smoking or breathing in someone else's smoke.