Ear Wax Removal Maidstone
Earwax – what is it?
Wax is very important – it is naturally made by our ears to prevent infections, dryness and any damage to the ear canal and the eardrum. Also known as cerumen, wax is made up of old skin cells, dust and natural oils that are secreted by the glands in our ear canals. These oils lubricate our ears and prevent them from becoming too dry and sore.
The composition and extent of wax build-up depends on each individual, and is influenced by genetic factors as well as age, diet, and environment. Hearing aid users will experience an increased production of wax, as having a hearing aid in the ear will stimulate the glands to secrete oils at a faster rate. This is also the case for people who use cotton buds to clean their ears.
What should you do about earwax?
If you are not experiencing any problems due to wax in your ears (i.e. it is not affecting your hearing, function of your hearing aids, or not causing you any pain) then you do not need to do anything about it. We strongly advise our patients not to use cotton buds or any other home methods to remove the wax themselves. It is normal to have some amount of wax in your ears.
Cotton buds may irritate the skin in your ear canals and even cause damage. It may also push the wax further into the ear canal, only impacting it more and making it more difficult to remove.
Traditionally olive oil has been used as a home method to remove wax. The results vary for most people. Whilst in rare cases olive oil can soften the wax and cause it to come out naturally, it can also cause it to expand and further block the ears.
Signs of excessive wax build up
• A feeling of pressure/fullness/blocked ears
• Earache, ear discomfort
• Reduced, dull, muffled hearing
• Discomfort after showering or swimming
• Problems with wearing hearing aids (discomfort, earache)
• Hearing aids may whistle as the wax will cause acoustic feedbac
• Hearing aids may become blocked with wax, requiring costly servicing
• Balance issues and dizziness
• Noises in the ears (e.g. ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, rushing)
As a result of extensive research and years of experience in clinical Audiology, we have chosen micro-suction as the preferred method of earwax removal. It is a safe and comfortable procedure that takes a few minutes and virtually no preparation.
Micro-suction costs £65 for both ears, with a £25 consultation fee if no ear wax removal is required. Home visits can be arranged at a cost of £120. An ear examination as a sole procedure is £25.