To assist with efficient wax removal. We recommend using Wax Softener drops for 1-2 days prior to your appointment (Simple olive oil is safe and effective, or over the counter cerumol or waxol from the chemist is suitable. (Place the drops in and lie on your side for 5 mins 2-3 times a day) If you can’t wait – Olive oil 1-2 hours prior to your amount will still help.
If you have pain or are known to have a hole in your eardrum then it is best not to put anything in your ear prior to examination by one of our doctors.
We are happy to see a child of any age that is able to sit still for a period of time without restraint or supervision.
Earwax is made in the outer canal of the ear. It is important for -protection -Moisturisation -preventing infection -Trapping dust and dirt. Earwax normally just falls out on it’s own. When it is blocked. We can help.
You might have earwax build-up because:
you just have more wax in your ears, some people naturally do
you have hairy or narrow canals (the tubes that link the eardrum and outer ear)
of your age – wax gets harder and more difficult to fall out
hearing aids, earplugs and other things you put in your ear – these can push the wax further in.
It is not possible to reduce the amount of wax you produce but there are ways to stop it building up.
Use wax softening drops or oil twice a week, or according to your doctor’s instructions.
Avoid cleaning the ear canals with your fingertips, cotton buds and other objects.
Limit ear cleaning to the outer ear only.
You may need to use wax-softening drops such as Waxsol or Cerumol for a few days. Olive oil can also be used. These oils soften the earwax and help it fall out on its own. When you put the drops in, lie with the ear containing the drops facing upwards for five to 10 minutes. Some people find that the drops cause a burning sensation. If pain occurs, stop using the drops and see your GP.
Earwax micro-suction is performed using an operating microscope, allowing a doctor to clear out wax and debris safely and painlessly. It is a safer procedure than blowing out the wax with a high-velocity jet of water Microsuction at The Earwax Clinic is only performed by Doctors In some cases, the wax is too deeply embedded to be removed by microsuction. Syringing and irrigation may then become an option.
Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and check your ear health. The patient lies on a couch and wax is removed using a narrow suction tube through a small metal specula placed to hold the ear canal open. There may be pressure, slight discomfort and a sucking noise. There may be slight dizziness or temporarily hearing loss as the wax is removed.