page-icon Earwax Removal Microsuction or irrigation

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
  • Earache
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Itchiness
  • Vertigo
  • 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.

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it's 2 years since I attended my 1st appointment with Bridgitte. I was fed up, miserable and didn’t know where to turn. I’ve had hearing issues for years but adapted my lifestyle around it. I taught myself to lipread and when out for dinner etc. I just switched off. To top it off I’d started to get tinnitus in both ears, 24/7. After various tests and realising how much this was all affecting my life, I agreed to be fitted with two Phonak hearing aids. The day they were fitted I was walking back to the car and could hear the birds and other noises I’d not heard for years! I started crying, not because I couldn’t hear but because I could! I was so happy. I can’t begin to explain the difference these aids and Bridgitte have made to my life. They’ve also changed the lives of my family as I’m back to my normal, happy and outgoing self! Thank you Bridgitte for everything you’ve done for me and my family. You’re not only a true professional but kind, compassionate and understanding.
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