Hearing Care – Wax removal
What causes earwax?
Earwax is produced by the ear to clean and protect itself. The wax and tiny hairs in the ear trap dust and other foreign particles that could damage deeper structures, such as the ear drum. Ear wax is not a sign that your ears are unhygienic, usually it would be washed away or falls out of the ear. Problems start when there is too much wax made, so it builds up and blocks the ear canal, or when implements such as, cotton wool buds are used which often push the wax deeper back inside the ear.
Earwax blockage may include:
- Mild deafness
- Ear feeling ‘full’
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Frequent ear infections
- Odour or discharge coming from the ear
- Itchiness in the ear
How do we remove the wax?
We recommend the use of olive oil treatment drops (Earol) for a few days before coming to your appointment, because it softens the wax, making it easier to remove.
Our wax removal team are qualified audiologists, registered with HCP and BSHAA who are trained in removing wax. They will primarily use a process called microsuction, using very fine and delicate instruments, similar to a miniature vacuum cleaner which effectively sucks out the earwax, gently and safely. Occasionally, it may be necessary to also use a warm water irrigation treatment to complete the procedure.
In most cases the earwax will be removed fully and no follow-ups necessary. If a follow up procedure is needed there is no additional charge for this.
Earwax removal for children
We are thrilled to announce that we now offer wax removal to children over 5 years old as well! All we kindly request is that the child is able to sit still during the procedure. Please understand that if the child isn't able to cooperate, we may not be able to remove the wax and we will need to refer them to hospital.
What does wax removal cost?
The charge for an earwax removal consultation and full procedure can be found on our fees page here