Microsuction or irrigation
The presence of ear wax is not a problem in itself. It’s natural for the ear to produce cerumen – the waxy oil that we call ear wax, which helps to protect the eardrum from dust and small particles that may damage it. Having trapped dust and debris, the ear wax eventually dries before falling out of the ear.
However, if this process is disrupted for any reason, excessive ear wax can build up in the ear canal. This can lead to blockages which may affect your hearing. In order to safely and gently clear the ear canals in the event of wax build-up. Professional wax removal safely and gently clears the ear canals of wax, restoring hearing.
Causes of ear wax build-up
Avery common problem at any age, the build-up of ear wax often has simple causes. Attempting to clean wax from the outer ear canal with cotton swabs or other objects can push wax more deeply into the ear – which in turn causes blockages. The use of devices such as earplugs, earphones and even hearing aids can also increase the likelihood of ear wax build-up. However, some people naturally produce more ear wax than others, making them more likely to have problems with excess wax and blockages.
The signs of a blockage in the ear canal include:
- Impaired hearing
- Pressure or a feeling of fullness in the ear
- Ear infections
Treatment for wax build-up
The build-up of earwax can become an annoying problem which keeps you from hearing at your best – even making you think you have a more serious hearing issue when in reality there is a relatively simple solution.
However, do not try to remove a blockage from your ears by yourself at home. The ears are highly delicate and doing this can often make the situation worse. At The Hearing Clinic we offer an ear wax removal service in a choice of two Hertfordshire clinics – Radlett and Hitchin.
Depending on your specific problem, we will recommend either irrigation or endoscopic microsuction. Both are safe and gentle ways to remove excess wax and restore hearing.
- Ear irrigation: Using specialised equipment, the ear is flushed with a gentle flow of warm water. The procedure usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes, however this will depend on the amount, type, and depth of wax build-up.
- Endoscopic microsuction: Firstly, an ear endoscope (or oto-endoscope) is placed inside the ear canal to visualize the blockage on a handheld screen. Then, depending on the nature of the build-up, micro-instruments or gentle suction are used to remove the wax. This extremely precise process tends to take around 30 minutes.
It is common for alternative therapists to offer ear candling, or ear coning, as a method of removing wax build-up and even treating hearing loss. However, The Hearing Clinic does not recommend this procedure. Ear candling has no proven benefit in producing either of these outcomes, nor has it been shown to treat ear infections or tinnitus problems. It is ineffective and potentially dangerous.