ENT surgeons have been getting many patients who complain of pain in the ears and even hearing loss. The most common complaint is that after people hang up the phone their ears gets hot and many patients also complain about tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
But the most serious ENT problem is hearing loss. If a person continues to use the phone excessively, it may turn into a permanent problem. Hearing loss depends on the decibel level of sound and the duration for which one is exposed.
The advice is to decrease the amount of time spent talking on the mobile phone, use a landline instead or text. Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or http://www.hiddenhearing.ie.