The ear naturally produces cerumen, a waxy oil that helps to protect the ear canal from dust and small particles that may damage the eardrum. Earwax slowly dries out trapping any dust or debris and then naturally falls out of the ear. When this process is disrupted, earwax can build up in the ear canal blocking it and affecting your hearing. Professional wax removal safely and gently clears the ear canals of wax, restoring hearing.
Causes of Earwax Build up
Earwax build up is a very common problem. When people try to clean their ears with cotton swabs, or other objects, it can push wax more deeply into the ear and cause blockages. Wearing hearing aids, earplugs or earphones can also increase the risk. Some people naturally produce excess earwax and have more problems with build up and blockages.
Signs of a blockage include:
- Impaired hearing
- Pressure or a feeling of fullness in the ear
- Ear infections
Treatment for Wax Build up
Wax buildup can be annoying and keep you from hearing at your best. Trying to remove a blockage on your own at home can make the situation worse. The Hearing Clinic offers a wax removal services in Hertfordshire in one of our clinics- Radlett, Hitchin and St Albans.
We use ear irrigation or endoscopic microsuction wax removal. Both are safe and gentle ways of removing excess wax and restoring hearing.
- Ear irrigation: special equipment is used to flush the ear with a gentle flow of warm water. This process takes 15-30 minutes depending on the amount, type, and depth of wax.
- Endoscopic microsuction: an ear endoscope (oto-endoscope) is placed inside the ear canal to visualize the blockage on a handheld screen, then micro-instruments or gentle suction is used to remove wax. This is an extremely precise process and takes 30 minutes.
Some alternative therapists offer ear candling/coning to treat wax build-up and even hearing loss. However, we must stress that ear candling has no proven benefit in removing or reducing ear wax or in treating hearing loss. Neither has it been shown to treat ear infections or tinnitus problems. It is ineffective and potentially dangerous, and The Hearing Clinic does not recommend it.