Ear wax is a substance produced by the glands situated within the ear canal. It has the task of stopping small dust particles and bacteria from reaching the eardrum which could possibly cause additional issues, including damage to the eardrum itself.
It is natural to have wax in the ear, in-fact we need some to keep the ears healthy, lubricating the skin and preventing dust and bacteria from entering. The amount of earwax that is produced can vary a great deal from one person to another.
In most cases wax will leave the ear naturally, however, sometimes this doesn’t occur leading to a build-up of wax, which may lead to discomfort, pain and hearing loss.
In this instance, you will require some help to completely remove it.
How do I know I have a build up of ear wax?
Some symptoms associated with an ear wax build up include:
- A feeling of fullness in the ear
- The sensation that everything sounds ‘muffled’
- Mild tinnitus ( Ringing in the ear)
- Ear pain
Remember, you should never ignore these symptoms or attempt to remove ear wax yourself by pushing anything into your ear. The lining of the ear is extremely delicate and can be damaged very easily.
What is Microsuction?
Microsuction is a procedure where we use a binocular operating microscope to remove the excess wax from your ear.
The micro-suction service we offer allows better magnification and depth perception. In turn, it’s much easier to look directly into the ear canal. Using a low-pressure sterile suction device we can then continue to remove the ear wax with precision.
On occasion, we may need to use additional instruments during the procedure. However, using microsuction means that we have a clear view of the ear canal which will ensure the process is always comfortable.
We can usually arrange appointments within a week. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information or help on microsuction wax removal.
We also use an alternative method of dry removal and low-pressure irrigation.
The procedure is carried out using an electronic ear irrigator where the pressure is easily controlled. This is safe and extremely effective in the removal of earwax.
We can usually offer appointment times at short notice to suit you, however due to Covid 19 we only have a limited number of appointments per week so there may be a slightly longer wait.
Our audiologist will determine the most appropriate method of wax removal specific to your individual circumstances.
Appointments are now an hour long to ensure adequate time for pre-appointment safety checks and deep cleaning between appointments.
The cost is £85.00. No extra charges for PPE.