Safe & gentle ear wax removal at a clinic near you

Ear wax removal should always be conducted by a qualified medical professional. We do not recommend using over the counter solutions to manually syringe your ears or using hopi ear candling. Microsuction is recognised as the safest and gentlest method to remove wax from the ear canal. It involves placing a suction tube into the ear canal to gently suck the wax out. There is no water involved, is a completely dry procedure and can be done on ears that are not suitable for irrigation/syringing at the GP.

Irrigation is the use of a controlled flow of water to flush out wax from the ear. It is safer than manual syringing which is now a banned practice in the UK. Irrigation can be particularly useful for very deep wax. Your audiologist should make the most appropriate recommendation on how to remove the wax.

Our associated clinicians are all registered with the HCPC. They have all undertaken training, and achieved competency in wax removal and should luse best practice procedures to ensure you walk away a happy and satisfied customer.

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Blocked feeling in your ears
  • Pressure in the ears
  • Need to pop your ears but can’t
  • Sudden loss of hearing or muffled sound
  • Hearing aids whistlng
  • Underperforming hearing aids

If you are experiencing any of the above we would recommend seeing an audiologist as soon as possible for an ear health assessment. It is more than likely to be a wax build up but there may be other more serious causes.

Finding a great clinic

If you follow our advice you should hopefully be able to find a great clinic:

Ask about equipment

Asking about their equipment is important. There are two main choices when performing microsuction. Using an ENT microscope or loupes which look like glasses. An ENT microscopes are often more powerful than loupes and will allow the clniician more control and precision when performing your procedure. Some loupes are very good though and can provide a high degree of accuracy. The cheaper ones, often found on amazon, do not provide the same clarity and may mean that the clinician struggles to remove deep wax as efficiently.

Consent forms

Consent forms give your clinician permission to do the procedure. Surprisingly not everyone does them. However, doing it indicates a level of professionalism that should be respected. It means that they are educating you on all the risks and ensuring you are making an informed decision on your medical care. A typical consent form should describe the procedure in detail, along with the known associated risks. It will also include a medical history and detail appropriate aftercare.

Sterile equipment

This should go without saying but you should always check that the microsuction tip or irrigation attachment the audiologist is using is fresh out of the packet. If the suction tips have not be taken out of the sterile packaging in front of you then you should refuse treatment as they may not be sterile.

Check qualifications

Don’t be afraid to ask about their experience and training. Ear wax removal, at the time of writing, is not regulated and so the training standards vary considerably. Your audiologist should happily share their expertise and training to prove their competency.

If you ask your audiologist about all of the above you should have a better idea about the type of operation they have running. It will also help you compare costs between providers as often the more equipped clinics will charge a bit more.

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