Ear Wax Removal
What is Ear Wax?
Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is produced in the ear canals by glands. Ear wax acts as part of the ears natural defence system preventing infection due to antibacterial agents. Its moist sticky properties also catch dust, debris and foreign objects which enter the ear.
Ear wax consists of:
- Dust, debris & foreign objects
- Old skin cells
- Oily secretions from glands in the ear canal
When does Ear Wax need to be Removed?
Small amounts of wax in the ear canals are normal and keep the ear healthy. Large build ups of ear wax can cause the ears to become blocked.
Common symptoms of excessive wax include; pain, feeling of fullness, itching, ringing and partial/complete hearing loss.
Ear wax should always be removed by a professional to avoid long term damage to the ear. Home attempts almost always have a negative effect by pushing ear wax further in the canal and making it more impacted – making it more difficult to remove.
Microsuction Ear Wax Removal
Ear wax removal by Microsuction is the safest most effective method for the removal of ear wax from ear canals. Due to the nature of the suction, ear wax can be removed from the ear, irrespective of whether it is soft or hard. This differs from other methods such as syringing and water irrigation where wax has to be treated beforehand with drops to encourage a softer consistency.
Microsuction is also beneficial in its length of appointment. Ear wax can usually be removed from the ear within a 30 minute appointment which includes a comprehensive medical history, pictures of the ear canals before removal, removal of wax from two ears and pictures after to demonstrate the health of the ear canals and ear drums. In very few cases a follow up visit is required.
Microsuction is superior to other methods for the following reasons:
Other methods of ear wax removal such as syringing and irrigation can require multiple visits.
Manual Ear Wax Removal
Suitable for small amounts of ear wax near the entrance of the canal. Wax is removed using a Jobson Horne as seen below.
Free Ear Wax Removal Consultations London
We recommend Ear Wax Removal consultations to be carried out annually.
Camden Contact Lens Centre offers FREE Ear Wax Removal consultations.
All appointments are carried out by fully qualified Audiologists, who have carried out specialist training in Micro-Suction ear wax removal and are Members of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists. All our Audiologists are also Registered Hearing Aid Dispensers with the Health & Care Professional Council.
During a consultation we will carry out Video Otoscopy – A live video showing the inside of your ear before and after the Microsuction treatment.
Ear Wax Removal Prices
Ear Wax Removal for 1 Ear – £40 (£20 off Normally £60)
Ear Wax Removal for 2 Ears – £60 (£20 off Normally £80)
*£20 off Normally £60/£80
If no wax is found, there will be a £20 charge for the consultation.