Our ears go through a regular process of exfoliation and it is thought that ear wax is produced as part of this self-cleaning process. However, this natural process can sometimes create problems and it’s estimated that nearly 4 million people in the UK experience impacted wax build up.
In itself ear wax isn’t too much of a problem, but if left to build up and become impacted, ear wax can cause many symptoms including:
It can take a long time to get an appointment with a GP or practice nurse to have wax removed. Indeed, many GP practices no longer offer the service as there is some element of risk in harming the ear. As as you would expect our approach to clearing your ears leaves nothing to chance, employing the safest methods and sterile hygienic equipment. The traditional method of clearing ears is to use either a syringe or, in more recent times, an electronic pump using an irrigation probe which pulses water into the ear canal.
At Hearing Healthcare Practice, we recommend microsuction the support of a surgical microscope or by endoscopy. This is very safe and a more comfortable procedure than syringing. It involves using a finely calibrated suction device to gently remove the wax. Using a scope allows us to easily view the ear and to present a far more pleasant experience. Sometimes we suggest using oil or drops beforehand but this isn’t always necessary. Your appointment will be with one of our team who are qualified and accredited to carry out wax removal using the various approved techniques. We currently offer weekday appointments allowing 30 minutes per ear. We always recommend arriving 10 minutes before your appointment to settle in, enjoy a tea or coffee and complete a questionnaire if you are new to the Practice.