Ear Wax Removal
EAR WAX, WHAT IS IT?
HEARING & WELLBEING
Ear wax is the most common cause of both tinnitus and hearing loss.
Ear wax is supposed to be there and is not unhealthy or dirty it is in fact a cleaning mechanism for your ear and is produced by little glands deep inside the ear canal. In theory when these glands produce wax little hairs in the outer ear should push the wax along and it should pop out the entrance to your ear.
Sometimes this is not possible perhaps because of narrow ear canals, excessively hairy ears or impacted wax due to use of cotton buds and in some cases hearing aids.
Like my grandmother always said, nothing smaller than your elbow should go down that hole in your ear!
WE ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF COTTON BUDS FOR THE USE OF EAR WAX MANAGEMENT.
By far the safest form of ear wax removal mostly because unlike syringing or irrigation when we carry out wax removal by micro suction we have full visibility of the procedure. Another benefit of microsuction wax removal is it can be carried out almost immediately with no requirement to put oil in for a week beforehand.
This results in a far more convenient way to have ear wax removed especially if you have to go on holiday within the week! Microsuction ear wax removal is also safe for people who have had middle ear problems especially perforated ear drums and problems with vertigo.
If for some reason we are unable to offer you a microsuction ear wax removal we will offer wax removal by irrigation. Unlike syringing which is a forced entry of lukewarm water into the ear which can't be regulated for pressure and in some instances cause damage to the ear drum or cause extreme vertigo irrigation is a controlled stream of water that gently flows around the ear canal until the wax is removed.
Where possible we will always try an offer you microsuction as we feel this is by far the safest form of wax removal.