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23rd September 2016

Ear Wax Removal Essex

Ear Wax is Only a Problem When There is Too Much

Ear wax is not actually a bad thing, in fact it is a protection mechanism for the ear canal. The issue only occurs when there is too much. As the ear wax builds up, it blocks the canal causing discomfort and some hearing loss. If the ear wax becomes impacted against the ear drum, it can even be painful.

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?

  • a feeling of fullness in the ear
  • the sensation of hearing everything muffled
  • mild tinnitus
  • ​sudden hearing loss after swimming or showering

If any of these symptoms sound familiar then you could have excess ear wax blocking your ear canal.

How ear wax build-up occurs

Under normal circumstances wax in the ears is totally normal; as we said, we need a little of it to maintain a healthy ear. Wax is produced just inside the entrance to the ear canal. It lubricates the skin and helps prevent dust and air borne bacteria from entering.

A normal ear canal has a self-cleaning mechanism, where the small hairs in the canal encourage the wax and shredded skin towards the canal entrance. If there is no hair there or the ear canal is narrow or an unusual shape it is sometimes impeded, resulting in a build-up of wax that may need removing.

Our Earwax Removal Service

We provide two methods of ear cleaning, micro suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal. Both are safe and comfortable. Although a certain amount of earwax is necessary and healthy, it can also effect the wearing of hearing instruments, so we advise regular check-ups of both your ears and your hearing aids.

Why you should have ear wax removed professionally

It is not advised that wax is cleared by the use of cotton buds, as this very often pushes it towards the ear drum and can cause even more problems and it is difficult to remove. You should never poke anything down your ear with the view of relieving the problem yourself; the lining of the ear is very delicate and can easily be damaged. There are home removal kits available, however these need to be used carefully. Hopi ear candles just don't work, it is a sham. Leave it to us to remove the wax for you.

Micro Suction Earwax Removal

We have now introduced microsuction earwax removal services to our practice. As part of our commitment to offering cutting edge care to our Patients we were committed to offering this service.

Why Microsuction?

Microsuction is a safe and comfortable method of earwax removal, no liquids are introduced during the procedure which is undertaken with a microscope and a finely balanced medical suction device. The fact that we can clearly see the ear canal and what we are doing makes it exceptionally safe. With no liquids involved it is especially comfortable for a Patient and it is usually undertaken in a few minutes.

Ear Wax Removal appointment (Micro suction)- 30 minutes 

  • Assessment of wax build up 
  • Removal of wax via suction 
  • Post procedure assessment to ensure all wax is cleared and a healthy ear is observed

Same Day Ear Wax Removal

With microsuction wax removal we can remove wax the very same day we see it.  You do not have to put oil in for weeks and weeks in advance, in fact, you may not need to put any in at all!!  However, a spray of pharmaceutical olive oil he evening before your appointment about an hour before bed, will help condition the skin and make the procedure even more comfortable. At our hearing aid centre we offer a relaxed atmosphere, allowing sufficient time with all our patients to remove wax, in a safe and gentle way. We also offer an on-screen video image of the wax in the ear and the cleared ear after treatment. 

Irrigation Earwax Removal

Ear Syringing? No Ear Irrigation

Ear irrigation machineWe can also use the irrigation method for people who are more comfortable with it. Ear syringing has been recognised as both inefficient and even dangerous, it has been completely replaced with ear irrigation. We use a spray type ear wash machine, which is commonly used in the medical setting. The irrigation solution is carefully warmed to body temperature, as dizziness can be a common side effect of ear washing or syringing with solutions that are colder or warmer than body temperature. Any other temperature may cause temporary vertigo.

We use the spray type ear washer to gently stream water into the ear. For children the rate and speed that we use is lower.The procedure is simple, we pull the external ear up and back gently, aim the nozzle of the sprayer slightly upwards and backwards so that the water flows along the roof of the ear canal. The irrigation solution flows out of the canal along its floor taking wax and debris with it. Irrigation may need to be repeated a couple of times. When the wax has been removed we use a special mopping apparatus to dry out the ear canal.

Preparatory Steps For Irrigation Earwax Removal

If you are interested in having earwax removed by irrigation, it is important that you soften the wax first. You may need to use an oil for 1-3 days before removal in order to soften the wax and ready for the procedure. The age old wives tale of using Olive oil can actually cause issues, any food based oil could go off or ferment in your canal. This may actually cause more issues than you already are facing. It is highly advisable that you get your oil from a hearing healthcare professional or a Doctor. The oil is usually dropped or sprayed into the ear at night just before bed as it will soften the edges of the wax and prepare the skin in your ear canal for wax removal. It may make the wax expand and possibly cause you some temporary hearing difficulties. So it is best to do it just before bed and let it work while you sleep.

Ear Wax Removal appointment (Irrigation)- 30 minutes 

  • Assessment of wax build up 
  • Removal of wax via dry removal method and low pressure irrigation 
  • Dry mop of the ear canal 
  • Post procedure assessment to ensure all wax is cleared and a healthy ear is observed

Ear wax removal has become increasingly difficult over the years to access.  Some surgeries provide this service and some don't and there doesn't appear to be any reason why it is different from one surgery to another. Upon attending our centre, our Team of Experts  will show you your ear using the latest techniques, video otoscopy, where you will see for yourself the condition of your ear canal.  We will then determine the best method for removal of your wax, and show you again the result at the end of the consultation

To book your appointment call us on 01277 264938 or complete our contact form. 

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Roger decided to make audiology his career as his Mother’s hereditary hearing loss had been dramatically improved after a private consultation and successful fitting of hearing aids. It literally changed her life. Roger, whose background was in engineering thought that it would be the most rewarding profession he could train for

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  • Roger Halliday had the ear wax that had been so annoying removed in minutes using micro suction. The relief was immediate, I could Not recommend him enough!

    Ear Wax Removal Micro suction ear wax removal to clean ear and remove wax blockage
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