Earwax Removal

When earwax builds up, it can lead to a blocked ear that is often painful, frustrating, and can even affect your hearing. Our ears naturally produce earwax but when you start noticing problems, it’s important to visit an expert.

Our earwax removal services are carried out by fully trained and accredited audiologists. After a full consultation, we’ll remove the excess wax in your ear using microsuction, a procedure that is safe, pain-free, and quick.

Don’t ignore the signs of an earwax build-up. Book a consultation at your closest County Hearing care centre today.

What is microsuction?

Microsuction is a pain-free and safe procedure that aims to remove excess ear wax and relieve symptoms of blockage.

Our hearing care specialists use a powerful microscope to look into your ear canal and find any ear wax build-up. A gentle suction pump is then used to safely and quickly extract the wax.

Pain from an ear wax build-up often occurs when the wax is hard or impacted causing your ear canal to become sensitive. By using microsuction, we can remove this kind of wax comfortably as the procedure has no contact with the ear canal or eardrum. When compared to other, older forms of ear wax removal, such as syringing, microsuction is far safer and has a very small risk of further complications.

What is earwax & how can it become a problem?

Your ear canal makes earwax as a way of protecting your ear against a variety of irritants, including bacteria and water. Another important function of earwax is that it allows your ear to keep itself clean and lubricated. Most of the time, it’s unnoticeable but it can occasionally become a problem.

Due to a number of things, it can build-up and become excessive. This can lead to several symptoms such as dizziness, pain, discomfort, itchiness, and hearing loss. If left unchecked, it can even cause temporary tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears.

When excessive earwax starts becoming a problem, it’s important that you speak to one of our expert audiologists. They can conduct a full consultation and give you guidance on how to move forward. Often, this will take the form of a simple microsuction procedure.


Is ear microsuction painful?

In almost all cases, microsuction is a quick and comfortable procedure. It’s recommended that you use drops for several days before your appointment, as this helps to soften the earwax. Your audiologist will give you more detailed advice on this.

Microsuction can be quite a loud procedure, especially if the wax present is quite hard. Remember to communicate with our practitioners and let them know if you experience any discomfort. They will always take it at your pace.

How regularly should I have microsuction?

There is no set rule for how often someone should have microsuction. It depends on your specific circumstances! Some of our patients have the treatment regularly, but others only require treatment every 1 or 2 years.

After you have your first microsuction treatment, we’ll send you yearly reminders, just in case you’re having any problems. Remember, though, that you can book a consultation at any time by giving us a call or using our booking form!

Are there any people who shouldn’t undergo microsuction?

Unfortunately, there are some people who are unable to undergo microsuction. Any patients that take Wharfrine, have a presence of certain infections, or are currently suffering from a perforation of the eardrum should avoid microsuction as it can cause complications.

We always advise children under the age of 16 to not undergo microsuction. If you’re worried about your child’s ears, bring them in for a consultation and we can suggest an alternative treatment for them.

Finally, if, following a consultation, we are concerned about the severity of your condition, we may refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) consultant. In extreme circumstances, their medical knowledge and experience will be better placed to treat you.

If you’re unsure about whether or not you should have microsuction, contact us for more information.

Don’t suffer in silence. Book a consultation today.