People suffering from a build-up of ear wax are no longer entitled to have their ears syringed on the NHS in England and the removal of ear wax is no longer one of the core services GPs are obliged to provide.
We are offering microsuction treatments in a safe, clean and clinical environment, carried out by our fully trained, expert audiologists so that you know you are in the best hands.
This service is offered at only £55 for one ear or £75 for both.
This price includes a full review of your ears health, removal of ear wax and if requested, a Hearing Health Check. Patients are in just the right place to benefit from our audiology services and full hearing assessments.
Created by glands near the entrance to the ear canal, earwax is clear when it is first produced. The purpose of earwax is to lubricate and to reduce infections in the ear canal, so it is actually a good thing. There is a natural outward movement of the skin lining the ear canal. This movement causes the wax to take with it debris from the ear canal which turns into the orangey colour you see. Some people produce excessive wax and some people retain more wax than others and that may require frequent micro suction treatment. However, many other factors determine how much wax we produce including:
Excessive ear wax can cause pain, tinnitus, infection and hearing loss through complete blockage of the canal. A one-minute otoscopic examination (looking down your ears with a magnifying lens and light) will identify if ear wax is responsible for any of these problems.
There are tried and tested methods of removing excess wax from an ear and there are a number of alternative methods (some good and some bad and some possibly dangerous too). As we said, a one minute examination will identify if wax is causing your problems. We can then remove the wax for you immediately by micro-suction.
In the past, most people went to their GP where usually a nurse would carry out a syringing treatment. This involves a jet of warm water that should loosen the wax and backwash it out. The GP/nurse will stipulate that you must put oil into the ears morning and night for up to two weeks to soften it first. In some cases, it can take a number of visits, especially with hard impacted wax.
We will almost always recommend a procedure called micro suction earwax removal above all else, due to it being the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable method of removing wax. Micro suction is conducted by a fully qualified and experienced audiologist.
Before you come in to see us, we recommend the use of Earol because it’s an excellent softener of wax and the spray application means that it is very easy to use without making a mess. It only contains olive oil and so rarely has any negative reactions with the ear canal or drum. If there is some wax in your ears but not enough to warrant microsuction then this can often help move it out.