Ear Wax Removal

Ear wax removal refers to the process of safely and effectively removing excessive or impacted ear wax, also known as cerumen, from the ear canal.  While ear wax is a natural substance that helps protect the ear, sometimes it can accumulate and cause discomfort, hearing loss, or other symptoms.

If you have a feeling of fullness in the ear, muffled hearing, mild tinnitus, sudden hearing loss after swimming or showering, sharp pain originating from inside the ear or your earwax has turned darker you may have a build up of ear wax that can be removed through microsuction or irrigation to relieve these symptoms.

Don’t use cotton buds to remove ear wax – have you heard this before?  The use of cotton buds pushes the wax towards the ear drum and can cause more problems or trauma and it can also make it more difficult to remove.

Ear wax is a natural bodily secretion that protects your ears so removal is only necessary when you develop large amounts of earwax, which make your ears feel blocked.  Too much earwax can develop due to a very narrow or abnormally shaped ear canal, frequent use of earplugs, cleaning with cotton buds, ageing or other unknown reasons.

Microsuction is the latest technique in earwax removal.  The treatment provides a prompt solution to earwax build up by sucking the wax out using a tiny tube attached to a suction apparatus.  It is a gentler technique than the traditional method of ear irrigation and does not involve the introduction of fluid into the ear.

Irrigation is a procedure that introduces warm water into the ear canal to remove softened ear wax.  An electronic ear irrigation machine gently pumps warmed water into the ear via a small nozzle at a controlled and steady rate and when left for approximately 15 minutes will assist ear wax removal.

At your appointment, we will make an assessment of your suitability for each procedure, explain the procedure, benefits and risk and with your full understanding and agreement request you complete and sign our consent form.

If both ears are affected the procedures take approximately 30 minutes.

Colette is passionate about providing a patient-tailored earwax removal service.

Call Colette from Wax Out on 07929825316 to book an appointment.