The symptoms of excessive wax in the ears can be very annoying – ranging from a full feeling and itchiness to pain, ringing (tinnitus) and partial or even total hearing loss.
When suffering from wax build up, at home it’s often tempting to reach for a cotton-bud or hair clip and start jamming it down the ear to see what can be dislodged. We do not recommend this at all and it’s likely to do more harm than good by pushing blockages further into the auditory canal where further impacting can result in infection and even worse symptoms.
Certain things can make people more likely to suffer from the symptoms of impacted or excessive ear wax. Natural Hearing recommends a hearing assessment for those who regularly swim, listen to music on headphones, use hearing aids, work in grimy conditions or have a family history which includes hearing issues due to wax build up.
Who Natural Hearing can help:
The ear wax removal procedures used at Natural Hearing are completely painless, but may not be appropriate for very young children (under 5 years old) or for those with medical complications such as perforated tympanic membrane (ear drum), history of ear surgery or those with a history of systemic disease due to the risk of infection.
Our services are suitable for people with:
- Impacted ear wax
- Perforated ear drums
- Problems in the ear canal where syringing is unsuitable
- Hearing aid wearers
- Previous ear surgery
- Narrow ear canals
- Curvy ear canals
- Hairy ear canals
- Skin conditions like dermatitis or psoriasis
*No GP referrals are required.
*Home visits are available (additional costs apply)
Ear Wax Removal Services Available:
Our fully qualified, registered, insured and experienced audiologist will review your situation and advise on the most appropriate options from which you can select. Following your review you may be given instructions on how to prepare you ear for a procedure (e.g. olive oil drops prior to appointment) and Max will advise as necessary. The range of ear wax removal services is shown below and are occasionally used in tandem to maximise the chances of an optimal outcome;
Microsuction is a completely safe and pain-free method for gently and thoroughly removing earwax. The process takes just a few minutes to complete and other than being a bit loud whilst in operation should not provide any discomfort at all. There are no liquids involved and therefore it’s not messy and some of the limitations of conventional ear syringing provided in the GPs office become less problematic.
The microsuction process involves the audiologist examining the ear canal using a binaural microscope whilst the wax is manipulated. A low-pressure suction device is used to dislodge and then sucks up the blockage.
Irrigation for ear wax removal has come under criticism in recent years, perhaps in part due to the incredible advances made by the incredibly effective microsuction techniques discussed above. The truth is, when performed by a fully trained professional audiologist as part of a well considered treatment plan in combination with other options, sufferers of wax related hearing issues stand an even better chance of recovery.
The irrigation process involves the audiologist applying a pressurised flow of water to break up and remove wax build up. The blockage is caught in a paper tray and disposed of immediately.
In certain circumstances the audiologist may need to manipulate the ear canal and stubborn wax with micro-forceps, curettes and medicated oil treatments.
The standard cost for ear wax removal at Natural Hearing is £45 for one ear and £65 for both ears. Payment is immediately after treatment and can be completed by cash or card.
There is no charge if we cannot remove the wax.