Ear wax removal by Microsuction and Irrigation at our London Earcare clinics

“I would like to leave some positive feedback from my experience at your clinic today.  Having had microsuction on numerous occasions from both private and NHS practitioners, some of which have included some fairly esteemed ENT consultant doctors – I can genuinely say that the care, attention and precision of Matthew was without parallel.  I will definitely be making a return visit to the clinic! Kind regards  Arthur Woodward BA ACA”

“Wow I have superpowers….my hearing is extraordinary and I have less tension in my jaw muscles. Thank you.” Anonymous patient

IMG_58633What is Ear Wax?

Wax (or Cerumen)  is produced by glands in the ear canal. It is an important part of the ear’s natural defense because it has natural lubricating properties and contains an anti-bacterial agent to help prevent infections.  Because it is sticky and moist, it helps to trap foreign bodies and debris. Wax only forms in the outer third of the ear canal and usually, slowly works its way out of the ear, bringing debris with it. Rather like a natural cleaning system for the ear.


When does wax become impacted?

Wax is most likely to block the ear canal when it is pushed into the  ear-canal by cotton-buds, hairpins, paperclips and other objects that people  put in their ears.  The most recognizable  symptom is partial loss of hearing but other symptoms include itching,  coughing, ringing, fullness and sometimes pain.   Wax should only be removed by trained professionals and is not a DIY job. Don’t be fooled by Ear Candles either.  Before prodding a hole  in your eardrum or dripping hot wax on your face, or even setting alight the  curtains, have your wax removed by a professional – it’s cheaper in the long run.

What to do if you have a wax build up

If wax builds-up, your ears may feel dry, itchy or painful and you might experience some hearing loss. If so a couple of drops of olive oil in the ear canal can help to soften the wax.  Repeat the process 2 times a day for a few days and call us for an appointment on 020 7486 1053. Our  registered Clinical Ear Practitioners can remove it for you safely and painlessly.  The cost is £80.  If you want to be seen quickly Microsuction is the most effective form of wax removal and you may be able to be seen without administering olive oil.

Wax Removal Methods Used:-Microsuction Harley Street Hearing

What is Microsuction?

A gentle suction device is used to remove earwax under a microscope.  The procedure is quick, safe and painless, and doesn’t involve putting liquid into your ear.

What is Irrigation?

A low pressure flow of water, using a specialised ear irrigator, is used to gently remove wax blockage.  The water is a similar temperature to your body, so the procedure is quite comfortable. The flow of water is carefully directed towards the upper ear canal wall to gently flow out bringing the wax with it. Ear irrigation is a completely painless procedure and is an important tool in providing ear care.

If you need a hearing aid click here, or go for for more information on hearing protection any blockage of ear wax will need to be removed before we can make impression of your ears.

Harley Street HearingHarley Street Hearing are London’s leading independent hearing clinics and are the most successful Lyric Centre worldwide. Established for 25 years, all our staff are highly skilled audiological practitioners who are trained in healthcare provision.  As we are registered with the Health Professions Council, we can accept self-referrals, or referrals direct from your GP or from Ear, Nose and Throat specialists across the UK.  So whether you want advice on hearing loss or protection call 020 7486 1053 or click here to email us.