On this page, we share trustworthy evidence and resources about hearing conditions and highlight opportunities to take part in research. Our blogs help to set evidence in context and make it easy to understand, and often include reflections from people living with hearing conditions and from health professionals and researchers.
Ear, Nose & Throat
Ear drops to remove earwax: a quick look
Professor Martin Burton looks at the evidence on ear drops for removing earwax, and some things to think about, including whether you need to remove it at all.
Dementia and hearing conditions: what do we most need to know?
A new project aims to find out what are the top questions that need answering about dementia and hearing conditions, in the first Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to look at two health areas together. Sarah Chapman looks at what this is about, and hears from some of those involved in the PSP about what it hopes to achieve and why it’s important.
Menière’s disease: experience, evidence gaps & treatment choices
In a blog for people with Menière's disease and those supporting them, Sarah Chapman looks at the latest evidence on treatments and talks to her husband Tim about living with Menière’s and making choices about treatments, and to researcher Katie Webster and Ear, Nose and Throat doctor Martin Burton, who are both authors of new Cochrane Reviews on treatments for Menière's.
Single-sided deafness: working together to improve research into treatments
Roulla Katiri, chief audiologist at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, and Lewis Williams, who developed single-sided deafness in 2018, explain how patients and other experts have worked together to identify the most important things to measure in research studies about treatments for single-sided deafness.
Severe hearing loss in adults: finding out whether cochlear implants or hearing aids are better
Dr Adele Horobin, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager at the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre discusses COACH, a new clinical trial aiming to find out if hearing aids or a cochlear implant is better for adults with severe hearing loss
Chronic suppurative otitis media (infection and inflammation of the middle ear): Cochrane evidence on treatment options
This blog for people affected by chronic suppurative otitis media looks at the evidence from seven recent Cochrane Reviews exploring the benefits and harms of various treatment options.
Hay fever and dust-mite allergies: What are the health benefits of salty water for allergic rhinitis?
Martin Burton, Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, writes about the latest evidence on nasal saline irrigation for allergic rhinitis (caused by hay fever or year-round allergies to things like house-dust mites). Imagine you are sitting on the beach, on silver sand, admiring the aquamarine water of the sea as it gently laps the shore. Being an […]
Hearing aids: evidence, equity and rationing
In this blog for the Evidence for Everyday Health Choices series, Sarah Chapman looks at the latest evidence on hearing aids for adults with acquired hearing loss.
Hyperacusis: what do we most need to know?
Member of the JLA Priority Setting Partnership on hyperacusis explain how they are working to ensure research into this hearing problem is directed by those affected by it
What works for chronic sinusitis?
In this guest blog, Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and researcher Carl Philpott explains the latest evidence on treatments for chronic sinusitis.
Water precautions for children with grommets: is it worth the bother?
Professor Martin Burton says it's time for health professionals to take a fresh look at the advice they give parents about water precautions for children with grommets