Your ears naturally produce earwax from sebaceous and ceruminous glands, in the ear canal, to keep them clean and healthy. Ear wax consists of oils, wax, dead skin cells, trapped dust and dirt molecules. It can be yellow or brown, wet, sticky or dry and as it is slightly acidic it is antibacterial. Build-up of ear wax is a common problem.
Ear wax usually passes out of the ear canal on its own, but sometimes it builds up leading to a blockage that can restrict your ability to hear, cause itching, earache, discomfort and a blocked feeling. It may be a good idea to have an assessment and have excessive wax removed if necessary.
Microsuction ear wax removal is a relatively straightforward short procedure. A tiny suction probe is placed into the ear canal to gently suction out excessive wax. This is guided by binocular magnification. It can be uncomfortable but should not be painful. If the wax is very dry and hard, it may cause a little discomfort. If necessary, the procedure can continue on a second session, after some wax softening treatment. Occasionally, microsuction can cause dizziness, but usually passes in a few seconds.
Occasionally, other instruments to remove hard wax may be necessary. The Jobson Horne is a thin probe instrument with a looped end. The end of the Jobson Horne is carefully inserted into the ear canal to clear the ear canal of wax. Crocodile forceps have small fine jaws, which are used to ‘grab’ ear wax and gently remove it with accurate precision and control. The use of binocular magnification is used to guide instrumentation removal.
Should an infection or any other cause for concern be found, before or after wax removal, you will be advised to see your GP for further examination, advice and/or treatments. Treatment often includes antibiotic ear drops, sprays, capsules or tablets, for infections.
Please feel free to call Faye on 07541 818004 for further advice.
Microsuction and/or manual wax removal of
one ear £45 or both ears - £60.
One ear £40 or both ears £50 with concession (over 65 years).