Earwax (cerumen) build-up occurs when the ears produce an excessive amount of earwax and can't naturally get rid of it. Earwax is actually a part of the ears defence system, it helps to protect our ears.
If you regularly use hearing aids, cotton buds or even earphones, the risks of impacted earwax increases. As we get older, the structure of the skin changes and this can also mean more earwax production. For some of us, genetics plays a part and we produce more earwax because of it.
Microsuction earwax removal should only be performed by trained professionals. At PinnaClear, Hafiza has a number of years of clinical practice and is fully insured to see adults and children.
Why do I produce more earwax?
If you are struggling with impacted earwax, it is best to get your ears examined by a trained audiologist straight away. If you are not sure and want to talk to an audiologist first, get in touch.
What are the symptoms of impacted earwax?
Can I get rid of impacted earwax? myself?
If you have a lot of wax in your ears it is unlikely to come out by itself. Avoid using cotton buds as this will push any wax further in and against the eardrum and you also risk perforating the ear drum, leading to long term damage and hearing loss. It is best to let a trained and insured audiologist first examine your ears and professionally remove the earwax.
The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Earwax Removal
Microsuction earwax removal is the removal of stubborn earwax using a suction device. The procedure is performed by trained professionals and involves wearing some magnifiers to make it easier to view the wax and eardrum.
Unlike syringing, softening earwax the same way isn’t necessary. However, it can mean the procedure is more comfortable, particularly if the wax is stuck against the ear canal.
Ears will naturally withdraw any earwax. If you do not have any pre-existing medical ear conditions you can use a little bit of olive oil to help soften any earwax and clean your ears. If you have earwax that is causing your hearing aid to whistle or cauging you discomfort then it is best to get your ears cleaned professionally.
The current charges at PinnaClear are £50 to £70, depending on the location and whether it is one or both ears that need cleaning. Home visits vary depending on the distance needing to be travelled.
As with any medical procedure, there are always risks involved. These risks are minimised by providing an accurate medical history and booking in with an experienced, fully trained professional.
The main difference is the level of training and experience. Quite often, the staff at Specsavers are minimally trained as hearcare assistants or hearing aid dispensers and will usually work off a checklist. At PinnaClear, all services are offered by a senior audiologist with several years of NHS and private audiology work.
Olive oil ear drops can help to soften any ear wax so that it can naturally work its way out. If there is too much earwax or the wax is hard and impacted against the ear drum, the olive oil will soften the wax and help with professional microsuction ear wax removal.
There is a misconception that hopi ear candles help to draw wax out of the ears, however, several studies have shown that this is not the case and instead hopi candles leave residue inside the ears, increasing risk of infection. There is also an increased risk of burning the ear with incorrectly performed procedures. This is also an unregulated procedure which means the risks can vary greatly.