Struggling with stubborn earwax?
Trust your local senior audiologist to remove any stubborn earwax safely and professionally, using microsuction. Microsuction is the ‘gold standard’ for the removal of stubborn earwax. At PinnaClear, the senior audiologist has several years experience in the NHS and private sectors so you are in safe hands. The quickest and easiest way is to book your appointment online. We have same day and late appointments available and are insured to see adults and children. In some cases, we may also be able to arrange earwax removal at home. Prices start from £50.
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.
If you are struggling with a blocked ear or reduced hearing due to 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. Avoid putting anything like cotton buds inside your ears as this is likely to make things worse and cause impacted earwax.
How do you remove earwax?
Microsuction earwax removal
Microsuction involves safely drawing out any earwax using a suction probe. The audiologist will use a magnifier to look in the ears and gently vacuum excessive earwax out.
Ear syringing involves using a pressurised water system to flush earwax out to the ear. Unlike microsuction, the procedure is performed ‘blind’ and is regarded less safe then microsuction. It is because of this we do not offer ear syringing.
Read more about ear syringing here.
What happens during earwax removal?
At PinnaClear we are trained and accredited to perform microsuction safely. Unlike most places earwax removal is performed by a senior audiologist and not a hearing aid dispenser or a hear care assistant. If you have any questions before attending you can get in touch and you can speak directly to the audiologist.
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.