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Ear Wax Removal Methods

Ear Cleaning Processes

ear wax removal

There are tried and tested methods how to remove ear wax from an ear and there are a number of alternative methods (some good and some bad and some possibly dangerous too).

Excessive ear wax can cause pain, tinnitus, infection and hearing loss through blockage. A one minute otoscopic examination (looking down your ears with a magnifying lens and light) will identify if earwax is causing any of these problems. We can then remove ear wax for you immediately by micro suction ear wax removal

Traditionally, a GP will refer you to a nurse who will carry out a syringing treatment. This involves a jet of warm water that should loosen the wax and backwash it out. The GP/nurse will stipulate that you must put oil into the ears morning and night for up to two months to soften it first. In some cases it can take a number of visits especially with impacted wax.

Ear Care professionals will more often than not recommend micro suction above all else due to it being the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable method of removing ear wax. Micro suction should always be conducted by a qualified and experienced professional. Let's take a look at the different methods.

Microsuction Earwax Removal

Microsuction earwax removal is undertaken using a microscope and a medical suction device. A wand-type extension is fitted to the end of the suction tube which allows the professional to gently remove the earwax from your canal. 

Why microsuction?

Microsuction is the safest and most comfortable method of earwax removal, no liquids are used during the procedure. Which means that there is no fuss or mess during the procedure. The fact that we can clearly see the ear canal and more importantly exactly what we are doing, makes it an exceptionally safe procedure. It is an especially comfortable process and it is usually undertaken in a few minutes making it a same day service. 

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Irrigation Earwax Removal

We also offer the irrigation method of earwax removal for people who are more comfortable with it. The procedure is undertaken with a spray type ear wash machine, which is commonly used in the medical setting. The irrigation solution is carefully warmed to body temperature for comfort.

Then the professional uses the spray type ear washer to gently stream water into the ear canal. The procedure is simple, the professional pulls the external ear up and back gently and aim the nozzle of the sprayer slightly upwards and backwards so that the water flows along the roof of the ear canal. The irrigation solution flows out of the canal along its floor taking wax and debris with it. When the wax has been removed we use a special mopping apparatus to dry out the ear canal.

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Hopi Ear Candles

Safety is paramount and the procedure should always be comfortable and pain free. We employ only fully qualified and registered experienced ear care professionals who are additionally trained to The Hearing Lab's standards as well as the standards set out by their registering body. If they have not been trained by The Hearing Lab, this is because they have been previously trained by another Hearing Lab recognised training provider. We have also worked closely with insurance providers to make sure our practitioners and their patients are fully covered.

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