Ear Wax Removal

Professional earwax removal appointments.

Blocked ears making it difficult to hear properly? A build-up of earwax can be painful and uncomfortable, but is easily resolved.

The Hearing Experts offer microsuction, one of the safest and most effective way to remove ear wax. The procedure is performed in total comfort, and appointments are mobile so we will come to your chosen address to carry out the appointment.

About earwax removal

A build up of ear wax is a common issue which should always be treated by a qualified hearing expert, and not at home, to prevent damage to the ears. Microsuction is a modern technique in which ear wax can be removed gently with minimal discomfort.

The procedure has revolutionised the way that we can effectively remove a build up of ear wax, and is the preferred method amongst audiologists and ENT specialists. Microsuction delivers better results compared to older, outdated methods of ear wax removal such as syringing.

How microsuction is performed

Earwax removal using microsuction is performed with the aid of an otoscope and a finely calibrated suction device, without the introduction of any materials or liquids.

The otoscope is used to look into the ear, whilst the suction device works to gently suck the wax from the ear canal.

There is no downtime after the procedure, and once the ear wax has been removed, your hearing quality will be back to normal.

Preparing for your appointment

Although a severe build up of ear wax should only be addressed by a qualified audiologist or ENT specialist, there are some steps that can be taken at home to safely clean your ears of unwanted wax.

Applying olive oil based ear drops will soften and break down the ear wax over time. These should be applied using a spray bottle to spread the drops deep and evenly in the ear canal whilst lying down.

The softened ear wax will eventually make its way from the ear canal to the ear opening, where it will usually dry up and fall out. This is usually encouraged by the movement of chewing and moving your jaw.

This is the safest way to clean your ears at home, but should not be done if your ears are badly blocked and you can't hear anything. In this instance, you should book in for ear wax removal with a professional.

Earwax Removal FAQs

A buildup of earwax can be caused by numerous factors, including narrow or damaged ear canals, skin conditions around the ear and an increased amount of hair in the ear.

Earwax removal should always be carried out by a healthcare professional. Avoid using things such as cotton swabs as these can be dangerous when used to clean your ears. Book an appointment today to ensure a safe way to remove earwax.

Earwax buildup can cause blocked ears, earache, fullness in the ear, hearing loss, tinnitus or dizziness. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s important to book an appointment so a specialist can advise on next steps.

We recommend using either sodium bicarbonate or olive oil drops, in the mornings and evenings, for five days before your scheduled appointment. This softens the earwax, making its removal more straightforward.

On average, an earwax removal procedure takes approximately 5-15 minutes per ear, depending on the quantity, location, and consistency of the earwax.

In the vast majority of cases, ear syringing is not required before a hearing assessment. A small amount of wax in the ears is perfectly normal and healthy and has no effect on a hearing assessment. Find out more information about our complimentary hearing assessment here.