Microsuction ear wax removal is a procedure that uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome ear wax. Using a microscope, our trained Audiologists are able to look directly into the ear canal and use a sterile suction device to gently remove the wax. Our comfortable, modern clinics in Harley Street, Winchmore Hill and Chelsea, London all use the latest state of the art equipment for full peace of mind.
Occasionally we may need to use other instruments to remove hard wax, or to soften the wax using olive oil.
The method of ear wax removal will depend on the patient needs, please see our services for more information.
Microsuction ear wax removal is a procedure that uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome ear wax. Using a microscope, our trained Audiologists are able to look directly into the ear canal and use a sterile suction device to gently remove the wax.
Ear wax, referred by the medical term cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal. The colour can often vary but it’s generally represented as a yellowish orange sticky substance found in your ear.
The main purpose of cerumen is to protect the skin of the ear canal, assisting it in cleaning and lubrication, whilst also providing some protection against bacteria, fungi, insects and water. Ear wax generally consists of dead skin cells which are shed in the ear canal, hair, and the secretions of cerumen.
In most cases the ears are self cleaning with the wax slowly migrating out of one’s ear. In some cases, individuals create excessive amounts of wax which compacts within the ear canal. This can often cause a temporary hearing loss in addition to symptoms such as disorientation, ear pain, tinnitus and a general feeling of unease.
As the ears are self cleaning, we recommend that you should never use cotton buds or insert anything in your ears as this is likely to cause further problems.
If you’re creating excessive amounts of ear wax and have a build up, this is when ear wax removal is required.
Occasionally, if the ear wax is soft or sticky, or is on the actual ear drum, it may be more effective and comfortable to use ear irrigation. This is where a stream of water under a calibrated, measured and gentle pressure is introduced into your ear by the Audiologist to gently wash out any soft wax.
Manual earwax removal
Occasionally, the Audiologist will need to use sterile instruments to physically hook onto, loosen or break up the wax. This is particularly common if the wax is very hard or impacted, in which case manual removal with a tool such as a jobson horn probe or cawthorne hook can be used to pull out the plug of ear wax in one whole piece. The Audiologist will be looking through the microscope the whole time so he/she can see exactly what they are doing to remove the wax safely, effectively and painlessly.
Microsuction is our preferred procedure for ear wax removal that uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome ear wax. Using a microscope, our trained Audiologists are able to look directly into the ear canal and use a sterile suction device to gently remove the wax.
Yes, we will see children, as long as they can sit still for the procedure. The minimum age is Five years old.
The fee for the ear wax removal appointment is £80 at all of our London clinics.
This includes video otoscopy to record images of your ear drums before and after the procedure and ear wax removal for one or both ears as required.
The time allocated for the appointment is 30 minutes.
Our aim is to complete the procedure fully and successfully in this time, which is the outcome in the vast majority of cases.
If, however, the procedure cannot be completed in this time, due to very hard, impacted or stubborn wax, then a second appointment may be booked to complete the procedure.
If a second, or follow up appointment is required, this will be charged at a reduced rate of £50.
If no ear wax is found and the ear wax removal procedure is not necessary, then we will perform a Tympanometry test to measure your middle ear function and to rule out any fluid or congestion in the middle ear. A reduced fee of £50 will be payable.
We will give advice or arrange an onward referral to an appropriate medical specialist if required.
If you need to cancel your appointment this must be done at least 24 hours prior to the allocated start time.
Appointments that are not attended, or cancelled with less than 24 hour’s notice may incur a £65 late cancellation fee.
Our Audiologists are all hospital trained Clinical Audiologists. They have been trained and examined for competency in ear wax removal procedures by ENT surgeons.
At Pindrop Hearing London we use medical ENT microscopes, which give a much higher level of magnification than Loupes commonly used by makeshift earwax removal clinics in pharmacies and opticians. This ensures the Audiologist has a clear view of what he/she is doing and accurate depth perception maximises safety of the procedure.
We use professional, highest specification, ENT suction units, made by Otopront. All the instruments we use are single use, sterile and individually packed.
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