WHAT IS EAR WAX?
Earwax is a natural occurrence in the human body and arguably one that we all need to aid cleanliness and the overall health of the ear. However, a variety of factors can arise which cause an excessive build up of wax in the ears and this, in turn, can lead to problems such as hearing loss, occlusion, tinnitus, vertigo, irritation and itchiness and, in the case of hearing aid users, interference to their aids.
In this situation, it is important to get the wax removed by a safe method. Under no circumstances should you try to remove the wax with cotton buds as this usually only results in pushing the wax further into the ear canal and can also risk damage to the ear drum.
If you think your ears are blocked with impacted wax, these are the best ways to solve the problem:
- EAR DROPS
Simple oil based drops like Olive Oil are good at softening the stubborn wax, making it easier to remove. However, for heavily impacted wax, this may not be enough on its own to remove the wax but is very useful to use for a day or two before continuing with Microsuction or Irrigation. It should also be noted that if you have a perforated ear drum, you should always seek the advice of a doctor before putting any type of drops in your ear.
This is the procedure where a water based liquid is squirted into the ear canal to wash away the ear wax. It can be a very effective form of wax removal but the following points should be considered:
– Not advisable for anyone who has/had a perforated ear drum or middle ear surgery, infections in the ear or those who suffer with severe tinnitus.
This is where a microscope (in microscopic removal) or an endoscope (in endoscopic removal) are used by a qualified professional to gain a better view of the inside of the ear and with the addition of a small suction apparatus can effectively remove stubborn impacted wax.
This method is often chosen as the preferred form of wax removal due to its gentle nature and general absence of any pain or discomfort.
WHERE DO I GO TO GET THIS TREATMENT?
Some GP surgeries offer ear syringing if they have the right equipment and trained staff available but we have found that many GPs are beginning to refuse this treatment to their patients on the NHS now. Contact your local GP to find out if they offer this service or not. The good news is that we offer ear syringing at a very competitive price of £25 for one ear or £40 for two and can usually book you in within a day or two to minimise your waiting time and period of discomfort.
Microsuction is only available in a hospital environment or by consulting a private professional (like us!). Your doctor can refer you to your local hospital for this treatment but it is very likely you will have to endure a lengthy waiting time. As with ear syringing, we can offer this treatment to you with usually no more than a day or two wait and at the very competitive price of £40 for one ear or £70 for two.
The added bonus of coming to us for either of these treatments is that you can be sure you are getting the best service by a trained professional with many years of experience!
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU OFFER ME?
Apart from the very best care and professional wax removal at the best prices, we will also see you for a return visit at no extra cost to you if all of the wax cannot be removed at the same time. (Please note, this is quite common if the wax is severely impacted.)
If you are interested in booking an appointment for either of these wax removal procedures or would like more information on wax removal in general/have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be very happy to help you!