Ear Wax Removal

London Hearing Specialist is an industry leading group of audiology practices. If you are suffering from a blocked ear, our specialist trained Audiologists will be able to remove any ear wax or blockages by Microsuction.

Ear wax removal by Microsuction is the safest and most effective method of ear wax removal from the ear canals. Due to the nature of the suction, ear wax can be removed irrespective of whether it is soft or hard. This differs from other methods commonly used such as syringing or water irrigation where the wax has to be treated prior to the appointment to encourage a softer consistency.

All appointments are carried out by fully qualified Audiologists, who have carried our specialist further training in microsuction ear wax removal. Furthermore they are all Members of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists. All our clinical team are also Registered Hearing Aid Dispensers with the Health & Care Professional Council.

COVID precautions:
Our Audiology clinic follows strict hygiene safety protocols.

The audiology room is sanitised before and after each patient.

Our audiologists wear appropriate PPE during the appointment, including face masks, gloves and aprons.

You will be required to wear a face mask in communal areas and during the appointment. If you do not have a face mask you will be provided with one.

Once you enter the room you will be asked to sanitise your hands, if you have not done so already.
The instruments used during the treatment are single use and sterile.

Preparation:
If you are not booking a same day appointment, it is generally advisable to use olive oil drops or a spray such as Earol, for 2-3 days prior to the appointment. This will help ensure that your ear wax is sufficiently softened to enable successful and comfortable removal on the day of the appointment.

If you have been advised not to get your ears wet or if you have had Microsuction before and have been advised not to use drops as the wax is usually sufficiently soft, then please follow this advice.

The use of cotton buds is not recommended. Cotton buds, or any object inserted into the ear, will generally push wax further down the ear canal, sometimes as far as the eardrum, which will result in you feeling even more blocked.

During the appointment:
The Audiologist will go through a medical history form with you, asking you some questions about your health and the problems you are experiencing.

You will be asked to give your written consent before the Audiologist proceeds with the treatment.

Firstly, the Audiologist will check your ears with an otoscope or using video otoscopy.

The otoscope is a tool with a light and magnifying lens which allows the Audiologist to view the structures of the ear, such as the ear canal and ear drum.

Video otoscopy allows you to see images of inside your ear on a screen; these images can be recorded.

The Audiologist will then explain how Microsuction works, and how you should sit during the treatment.

Microsuction uses a gentle suction, applied through a small thin probe, to remove the wax. It is a much safer, quicker and comfortable treatment than syringing and irrigation.

On rare occasions some people can feel dizzy during the procedure or sensitive to the sound of the suction, if this happens please let your Audiologist know as soon as possible.

Sometimes, no wax is present despite the person feeling a blocked sensation in their ears. If this is the case, the Audiologist will discuss this with you and offer you advice and recommendations. If there is no wax blockage present, we will only charge you for the consultation.

If you have any concerns about your hearing, a full hearing test can be provided and the results will be explained to you.

After the appointment:
A free-follow up appointment will be provided if the wax cannot be removed successfully, due to the wax being stubborn, hard or if the procedure becomes uncomfortable.

If you normally experience tinnitus, you may find that you notice your tinnitus a bit more for a short time afterwards.

The Audiologist will be able to offer you general ear care advice individualised to you.

Ear Wax Removal Prices

Ear Wax Removal for 1 Ear – £50 (£20 off Normally £70)
Ear Wax Removal for 2 Ears – £70 (£20 off Normally £90)

Children (Under 18)

Ear Wax Removal for 1 Ear – £70 (£20 off Normally £90)
Ear Wax Removal for 2 Ears – £90 (£20 off Normally £110)

If no wax is found, there will be a £20 charge for the consultation.

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