Earwax is produced in order to keep the ears clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly, but sometimes it can build up and block the ears. If this happens you're going to need to visit an Audiologist for an ear wax removal procedure.
Earwax can build up if you have a narrow or a hairy ear canal. It may also build up if it has been pushed down the ear canal by implements such as cotton buds, hearing aids, hair clips. If water gets into the ear for example during swimming, this may cause the wax to expand giving a feeling that the ears are blocked.
The build up of wax can cause deafness, problems with hearing aids and can be uncomfortable. Some people with tinnitus feel that their tinnitus is increased when there is a lot of wax.
When you visit the Audiologist they can perform an ear wax removal procedure but first they will assess the amount of wax in the ears and proceed to remove the wax if required.
The procedure involves inserting a small nozzle into the ear that then sucks out the wax. This procedure is known as micro suction and is performed with the aid of an operating microscope and a finely calibrated suction device, without the introduction of any materials or liquids.
Micro suction is very well tolerated by the majority of people, giving fast results hence it is much more effective than the traditional wax removal methods. It is also safe, as the physician can see the structures inside your ear. After treatment the benefits you may experience would be: clearer hearing, lessening of tinnitus, less blocked feeling and less pain.
Micro suction is a wax-removal technique using a high powered binocular operating microscope to look straight into the ear canal and a very fine delicate suction device at low pressure to remove the wax without the introduction of any materials or liquids. The technique avoids touching the skin of the sides of the ear canal which makes the process a lot more comfortable than traditional forms of wax removal.
Microsuction is carried out to remove material blocking the ear canal such as wax, infected debris, dead skin layers and foreign bodies.
Ear wax removal is presently carried out in GP surgeries through ear irrigation/syringing which involves injecting a jet of water into the ear to remove the wax. This is not always effective and very often is described as uncomfortable or unpleasant by patients.
In the past, ear wax would be removed via syringing which worked by sending a high pressure jet of water at the ear wax, pushing past it and then flushing it out of the ear. This would often be uncomfortable due to the high pressure jet of water which would hit the ear drum. Sometimes it can lead to tinnitus and also a perforated ear drum. The softer the wax is the easier it was to remove the wax.
The more effective and comfortable solution is irrigation which uses water directed into the ear canal but not straight at the ear drum but rather at an angle and towards the ear canal. The water flows along the canal, falls down behind the ear wax and pushes the wax out. The ear wax still has to be soft enough to come away with ease.
You may be asked to use ear drops/olive oil drops or Earol olive oil spray for a few days beforehand. This will make the treatment easier for you as it will soften the wax.
Our normal procedure is to use the microsuction unit for wax removal but there are sometimes cases when the wax has become very soft and lining the ear drum. In this case we remove as much wax as we can via micro suction and then remove the remaining wax via irrigation. This process works very well with no discomfort.
If you feel that this could benefit you then please do not hesitate to contact us. The price for micro suction is £40 for one ear and £60 for both. If you are unsure whether you require any ear wax removal, then we offer a free hearing test with the audiologist.
We provide the Microsuction wax removal service as a home visit appointment* or at one of our branches.
Please visit the Contact us page to get in touch or alternatively give us a call on 0800 9995992 / 02080997402 for information or to book an appointment.
*please note there is a call out charge for home visit appointments.