Ear wax is perfectly normal and is produced to form a protective coating over the skin in the ear canal. Ears are normally self-cleaning – the movement of your jaw whilst eating and talking helps to move the wax along the canal where it will usually fall out naturally without you noticing.
Sometimes though, you will need help with removing a build up of ear wax and we are qualified to do this for you quickly and safely.
It’s a simple and pain-free procedure and also enables us to take safe impressions of ears where necessary for new fittings. If you find you’re getting whistling or feedback from your hearing aids, this may well have been caused by a build up of ear wax, which forces the amplified sound back out of the ear.
Ear wax removal can significantly improve the sound quality of the instruments once the wax is removed and will make wearing your hearing aids comfortable once more.
Here are three types of ear wax removal we offer:
Irrigation Ear Wax Removal
Irrigation is the traditional and most common treatment for ear wax removal and was formerly known as syringing, but is a great deal different from the ‘old-style’ procedure that you might recall. Modern irrigation methods involve using a pressurised pulse of warm water jets into the ear from an electronic irrigator (rather than the metal syringes of old). As the water is squirted into the ear at a controlled rate, it rinses out the wax which is collected alongside the water in a basin held under the ear. The procedure is gentle, safe and painless.
Irrigation may not be suitable for people who have suffered from ear infections, had any recent operations to the ear or had complications from the procedure in the past. In such instances, Microsuction might be advisable
Before all wax removal treatments, it is advisable to use an olive oil spray or drops, for the week prior to appointment. Earol Olive Oil is available to purchase through our Secure Online Shop
Microsuction Ear Wax Removal
Microsuction is a more specialised treatment which is not widely available outside hospitals, so we are delighted to be able to offer it at our Cambridge, Newmarket and Saffron Walden centres. Microsuction is an alternative to irrigation and is suitable for everybody including those for whom irrigation is not an option or has proved ineffective. This highly skilled procedure involves a thorough examination of the ear canal and assessment of the condition of the wax with a video otoscope. A small speculum is then inserted in to the ear canal to open it up and the wax is gently removed using a small suction device attached to the Microsuction machine. The process is quick, safe and painless.
Before all wax removal treatments, it is advisable to use an olive oil spray or drops, for the week prior to appointment. Earol Olive Oil is available to purchase through our secure online shop.
Manual Ear Wax Removal
In some cases, the ear wax can be very close to the outer edge of the ear canal and it is unnecessary to use an irrigator or suction unit. With the use of a Jobson Horn and Henkel forceps we can grab hold of the wax and remove it from the ear. This procedure is efficient, safe and painless.
Before all wax removal treatments, it is advisable to use an olive oil spray or drops, for the week prior to appointment. Earol olive oil is available to purchase through our secure Online Shop and you can also see what Our Customers have to say about our service.
Book your simple and pain-free ear wax removal appointment today at any of our Cambridge, Newmarket or Saffron Walden branches, below