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How do I remove the wax from my hearing aid?

Asked by Colin from Leicester

Hi Colin, Before we start, can I ask if you have false teeth at all?

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, just because I have a hearing aid, I must have dentures as well! Bloody cheek!”

Well stop. I assure you, I’m not thinking that. The reason I ask is that you will need some denture cleaning tablets for the procedure I’m sharing with you, that’s all.

Anyway, if you don’t have any tablets, go out and buy some (they are usually quite affordable, in fact, I think I saw some in the Pound Shop once).

Once you have the tablets, read this next bit (see, here I’m assuming that you DON’T have any false teeth, happy now?).

OK, first of all, you need to detach the earpiece and the tube from any electronic components.

Once you’ve done that, make a small ‘bath’ big enough to fit your hearing aid earpiece into. It is imperative to use a clean glass, in order to avoid infections (“Oh, I see, now my cups are dirty!?” he says. Maybe). Add the denture-cleaning tablet to the glass and let it effervesce (which is a lovely word that I don’t get to use nearly enough, so thank you for that).

Next, soak the earpiece and the tube in the water. DO NOT add any electrical components to the water – I’m sure you won’t, but I have to make sure that other people – stupid people, if I’m honest – don’t ruin their hearing aids and them blame me for it.

Finally, take the earpiece and/or tube and allow them to dry on a clean surface. It is best not to try and manually dry the earpiece because you’re likely to miss a bit (“Oh, I see! I can’t dry off a little bit of plastic now, is that it!?” – I imagine you saying). I say this because a wet hearing aid can damage your device and also cause ear infections.

Finally, when all is dry, simply put your hearing aid back together and start living your wax-free life.

I hope that helped (and that you didn’t mind my good-natured ribbing!)

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Abbey road Web Cam

Everyone knows the famous abbey road crossing, made famous by the Beatles and their cover of abbey road. well some clever spark has created a web cam and now you can see all the tourists coming close to be knocked over trying to recreate the picture, whilst the cars seemingly ingnore that there is actually a pedestrain crossing there. Just don’t tell the police, they’ll have a field day!


find the live feed on this website –

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Twilight of the Doctor: Series 8: Rumours, Gossip, Spoilers & More

Earlier last month, former Doctor Who Matt Smith announced that he was “really jealous” of successor Peter Capaldi.

Smith, who portrayed the eponymous Doctor from 2010 – 2013, told Calgary Expo Comic-Con visitors that upon hearing about series boss Steven Moffat’s plans for the upcoming episodes, he actually felt some misgivings about leaving the role.

“(I) Found out everything about the new series. It sounds really good! I was really jealous actually” he said.

dr who series 8This statement only served to whet the collective appetites of the science fiction show’s legions of adoring fans, as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of the latest series, which will be the first to star Capaldi.

Mark Gatiss, the writer behind Christopher Eccleston adventure ‘The Unquiet Dead’, David Tennant episode ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’ and Matt Smith outings ‘Victory to the Daleks’ (Spitfires in space! Yay!), ‘Night Terrors’, ‘Cold War’ and ‘The Crimson Horror’ has also teased fans by allowing us a little peek behind the curtain,

“I saw a little of Peter Capaldi in action and he is wonderful. I think it will be very exciting for everyone, because it is a more dangerous, more urgent Doctor. It has a side of crazy”.

Clearly, Gatiss, who has written for every incarnation of the character since the show’s 2005 revival (as well as appearing as an actor in the 2007 story ‘The Lazarus Experiment’), is already a fan.

“The series has already turned eight. It’s not new anymore. (…) Its time to do something more radical. I think it will be fantastic”, he told Adorocinema in March.

Speculation is absolutely rife as to what Series 8 (and especially Capaldi’s full-length debut) will bring, but the BBC is doing a spectacular job of keeping a lid on it (and a tight one at that!).

In one funny example, the Radio Times attempted to come off like they had some inside dirt on the new series, claiming to have a ‘source’ on the show. This ‘source’ however, is less of a mole than the show’s writers, producers, actors and official website, all of which regularly reveal more than this would-be ‘Deep Throat’ has, (or likely ever will).

Still, from the RT article (which did yield at least a couple of points of interest), we can discern that BBC bigwigs are very much behind Capaldi in the role and that Capaldi’s Doctor will be written and portrayed as

“More distanced from his assistant, more of a mystery. Less a mate, and someone she looks up to. She has to try and gauge him – but dramatically it’s very satisfying and onscreen they work very well together.”

The mysterious source also compares Capaldi’s Doctor with the performance of Jon Pertwee, who played The Doctor from 1970 – 1974, but also stresses that “he’s his own man – very distinctive”.

In any instance, Steven Moffat is certainly not fretting about losing his audience with the casting of a new Doctor. In fact, he believes that the arrival of a fresh new face in the role will actually gain the long-running series some new fans.

“We’ve cast one of the most beloved, one of the most distinguished – and one of the few Oscar winning – actors in the role of the doctor” he told SFX magazine.

“There will be people who will come and have a look just because it’s Peter Capaldi. We’ll tell them “You never thought this would be your show, but it is your show.”

A few leaked images have teased at least one new monster (which we covered here a few months back) and a smattering of casting choices have been announced, but that’s about it. At this rate, the entire nation, from the diehard to the casual fan, will be able to go in totally fresh.

The secret to the longevity and success of both the character and the show is the ability to occasionally change and shake things up. It looks as if this tradition is going to continue for a long time to come.


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Nation Mourns Fundraiser Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton, the courageous 19-year-old cancer patient who raised more than £3Million for charity has sadly passed away.

Stephen’s story resonated with the hearts and minds of the British people once the news of his fundraising activities spread to social media. The Facebook post announcing his death was shared 120,000 times within an hour of going live.

However, Stephen’s good work has yet to end. Just two hours after the news was announced, Sutton’s fundraising page handled some £60,000 in donations. The total is now at £3.72 million and is still rising. 

Jane Sutton, Stephen’s mother, said in a statement that, “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son”.

Stephen SuttonStephen Sutton was diagnosed with terminal metastatic bowel cancer aged just 15. The young man drew up a ‘bucket list’ of things he wanted to do before he died. These included skydiving, hugging an elephant and getting a tattoo. He also played the drums before the Uefa Champions League Final at Wembley last year, performing for some 90,000 attending fans.

Sutton even broke a world record by getting 554 people to make a heart shaped hand gesture earlier this month.

His charity work began when he set himself the goal of raising £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but he did quite a bit better than that. Celebrities caught wind of Stephen’s selfless goals and pretty soon, publicity and money was flooding in. Comedian Jason Manford, one of Stephen’s strongest supporters, said that the young man “was the most inspiring person I’ve ever met and (he) touched more lives than he will ever know”


“In his darkest hour he selflessly dedicated his final moments to raising millions of pounds for teenagers with cancer”

The Teenage Cancer Trust, who received their largest ever donation from Stephen’s ‘Just Giving’ page said, “We are humbled and hugely grateful for what Stephen achieved and continues to achieve for us.”

On the page itself (, Stephen says,

“Hi! My name’s Stephen and I’m pretty much like your average teenager- except for the last three years now I’ve been battling cancer. The current opinion voiced by my doctors is that my disease is incurable, and as a result I want to spend as much time as possible raising funds for a charity very close to my heart”.

The introduction doesn’t dwell on the negative, but instead looks forward with a positive eye, which just about says it all, really.

The image that most people will have of Stephen Sutton is of a fresh faced; handsome young man giving two thumbs up to the camera. A breathing mask pulled to one side is unable to hide a kind and genuine smile. But for the hospital bed, it could be a candid holiday snap.

Stephen’s bravery in the face of hardship, together with his generosity of spirit and positive message, stands as an inspiration to us all.


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Motorola Tetra Earpiece: Helping You Get Through the Toughest Challenges

For many decades, Motorola MTP and MTH radios have been meeting the needs of front line personnel such fire fighters, police officers, oil rig workers, and many more. Reliable, efficient, and high quality communication devices are important for these front line service men to make smarter and safer decisions and to ensure the best possible outcomes in performing their jobs. In many instances, the right accessories, such as an earpiece, will help the radio work beyond its limits, especially when faced with tough challenges in the most difficult situations.

Importance of Motorola Tetra audio accessories

Earpieces for Motorola MTP and MTH radios are especially designed to provide dedicated solutions to enhance the radio communication capabilities. They are designed to allow the users to seamlessly connect and communicate without a glitch during any crisis, heightening the levels of public safety. With effective communication, industrial teams can respond more effectively. The reliability of the portable communication radios can make a difference between a mediocre and a successful outcome.

The earpiece is a unique way of personalizing the radio to help the users face the arduous challenges of the work environment. As every situation requires specific response, choosing the right earpiece is an effective and dedicated solution that will match various communication needs. It is an important radio accessory that will help facilitate timely and effective communication while paramedics are attending a traffic accident, as engineers are responding to an industrial emergency, or as police officers are trailing a suspect.

Choosing efficient radio earpieces

High quality Motorola Tetra earpiece is among the top choice for emergency and security services because of a number of excellent features, including:

  • Improves sound quality in windy or noisy environments through the unique wind porting and noise-reduction technology
  • Allows users to make emergency alerts when faced with difficulties
  • Designed to stay connected to the radio during extreme conditions
  • Highly-sensitive and powerful to keep communications clear and audible
  • Provides the highest levels of security

Top 5 Radio Earpiece from Motorola Tetra

The following items are five of the highly coveted radio earpieces.

1. Motorola Tetra G-Shape Earpiece for MTP and MTH Radio

This G-Shape earpiece is a practical solution for two-way radio users who want to keep private communication. It is made of a rubberized material to provide more comfort. This radio earpiece is one of the favorite accessory of police officers and other emergency services because it is designed to perform well, even in the noisiest environments. It comes with a hidden microphone at the center of the Push-to-Talk switch; hence, it can be discretely clipped to the lapel or collar.

2. Motorola Tetra D-Shape Earpiece for MTH and MTP Radio

This general purpose D-Shaped earpiece is popular among a wide range of application. It is ideal for users who are not comfortable wearing covert acoustic tube ear buds. It is most popular among doormen as it can be easily clipped to the collar or lapel, with a hidden microphone, complete with a PTT switch. This D-shape earpiece offers efficiency, reliability, and top performance even in noisy environments.

3. Covert Acoustic Tube Earpiece for Motorola Tetra MTP and MTH

This clear tube earpiece comes with built-in line microphone, making it ideal for security door supervisors, police officers, nightclub bouncers, paintball players, hotel security, and many more. This hands-free radio earpiece can be clipped onto the shirt, providing discreet and easy means of communication, whether in hospitality, retail, or security industry. It comes with a noise-reducing feature to improve sound quality, especially in a low profile environment.

4. Pro-HD Kevlar Earpiece for Motorola Tetra MTH and MTP Radio

This excellent earpiece is fitted with high quality Kevlar cabling and strain relief system, making it one of the best professional earpieces. This radio earpiece is ideal for security officers and door supervisor because it is designed to seal the ear canal, so users can freely communicate without interruption from the noise around. It also comes with a high-impact, built-in, polycarbonate microphone that provides exceptional sound quality.

5. Motorola Tetra Airwave Earpiece for MTP and MTH Radio

This earpiece is guaranteed to last because it is made from high-quality rubberized materials. It is ergonomically designed to provide comfort and convenience. This earpiece is common among doormen, security officers, and police officers because they are equipped with built-in microphone, which is designed to provide impressive performance even in the loudest environments.

Having an efficient earpiece connected to a portable radio can help users focus on the important job at hand. A lightweight radio earpiece allows users to talk freely and hear clearly even while they are working. It also offers added efficiency, comfort, and functionality in varying situations and challenges. During the toughest situations, the best possible audio quality is essential to keep communications loud and clear.