Problems With Ear Wax?
Wax in the ear canal is normal, but a build-up of wax can lead to pain, discomfort and tinnitus. For hearing aid wearers excessive wax can cause a loss in performance of the aid, together with a risk of whistling.
You can prevent a minor problem turning into a major one by having a regular ear check-up in the same way you have a dental check-up.
A 30-minute ear care appointment will involve the taking of a case history, examination of the ears and removal of excessive wax by special instruments, water irrigation or micro-suction.
Micro-suction is particularly well suited for people who need to have wax removed from their ears but can’t get them wet. It is also suitable for people with extra sensitive ears or who have undergone ear surgery.
Our wax-removal service is available at our Folkestone branch and at The Chaucer Hospital, Canterbury. The charge for a half-hour session is £40 for water irrigation and special instruments and £60 for micro-suction.
Regular checks will help prevent problems
These procedures are simple, safe and painless and you do not normally need to do any special preparation before the treatment, such as using oil in the ears. However, you may find the process of wax removal more comfortable if you soften the wax a few days before your appointment. Find out more about products to help you with this at the bottom of this page.
You will be given advice on ways to manage your wax problem. You will also be offered the opportunity to have your ears checked regularly to prevent future wax build-up.
If ear wax is an issue come and see our audiologist
Ear care examinations and wax removal are carried out by our audiologist Joana Carvalho. She has a Diploma in Clinical Ear Care, in accordance with procedures recommended by the British Society Of Hearing Aid Audiologists.
To gain her diploma Joana completed a three-day ear care course at Aston University in Birmingham. Topics covered included disorders of the outer and middle ear and the safe removal of ear wax.
If excessive ear wax is causing you a problem come and see Joana.
We also offer a range of items in our webshop Hearbase Direct which help to deal with excessive ear wax. These include:
- Audispray – sea water-based ear cleaning solution for everyday hygiene. Can reduce the need for syringing
- Earol olive oil spray – softens and naturally removes ear wax. Delivers the oil to the ear with a simple, no-mess, pump action