Ear Wax Removal
The Hearing Care Partnership offers an ear wax removal service using the latest, safest wax removal methods.
The ear is an extremely sensitive and delicate organ, so wax should only ever be removed by a trained, experienced professional – never try it yourself. Fewer and fewer GP surgeries now provide ear wax removal, but our expert audiologists are on hand with the highest quality clinical care to help keep your hearing crystal clear.Book an appointment
Is ear wax a problem?
Ear wax (cerumen) contains antibacterial agents and plays a vital part in preventing infections in your ears. It also traps dust and other foreign bodies, as well as keeping the skin in your ears moisturised. Small amounts of ear wax are normal and healthy, and it usually works its way out of your ear naturally.
However, ear wax can sometimes block your ear, bringing on symptoms including temporary hearing loss, ringing or itchiness. This is most commonly caused by it being pushed into the ear canal by a cotton bud or similar items people use to try to clean wax from their ears.
How do we remove ear wax?
The Hearing Care Partnership’s fully qualified audiologists are trained to remove ear wax simply and safely using one of three methods. Which method is best for you will depend upon the level of wax build-up and any pre-existing ear conditions you may have. Your audiologist will explain everything in detail before using any removal method.
- Manual ear wax removal is suitable for removing a small amount of wax that has built up near the entrance of your ear canal
- A long thin tool with a circular tip, called a Jobson Horne, is used to gently lift the wax from the ear
- Microsuction is a relatively new technique, but is the cleanest and safest method of wax removal
- Wearing a magnifying headset, the audiologist carefully inserts a very thin suction tube into the ear canal
- The tube is connected to what is effectively a vacuum unit, which then draws wax and other debris out of the ear canal
- Water irrigation is not the same as the old “syringing” method, instead using a small irrigation unit that is safer, gentler and more effective
- The irrigation unit uses water heated to body temperature (37°C) which is sent out at low pressure into the ear canal
- This flushes out any debris in the ear canal, and is ideal to remove larger quantities of ear wax
How much does ear wax removal cost?
Wax removal from one ear: £40
Wax removal from both ears: £70
Your hearing expert will remove any excess ear wax using the method or methods that are best suited to your needs. There is no time limit on your consultation and there are no hidden extra costs.