Earwax Removal

What is Ear Wax?

Not everyone suffers with ear wax, so perhaps you’ve never even considered what ear wax is and why we have it. It is thought that around 2.3 million people in the UK suffer with ear wax issues. Anyone can be affected, but often the elderly and children are more likely to experience problems.



Ear wax is made up of cerumen (a substance secreted from glands in the outer ear canal), dead skin cells and hair. The waxy texture prevents the skin in your ear from drying out and cracking. Ear wax is a mysterious substance with some studies showing it can fight infection and others showing the exact opposite. Whatever the correct conclusion, we do know for sure that it protects the ear canal from things like bacteria and foreign bodies.

Usually ear wax works its way out of the ear on its own, however, if there is an excessive amount, it can cause the ear canal to become blocked. This can lead to hearing loss, a feeling of fullness or even tinnitus.



In September last year, the government confirmed that the NHS would no longer be offering earwax removal appointments as a “core service”. Unfortunately, this means it’s unlikely you will be able to have earwax removed at your GP surgery. Your GP can refer you to a hospital audiology department if they believe your ear wax build up is linked to hearing loss. Often there are long waiting lists for these types of appointment. There are, of course, options for you to have your ear wax removed privately if it is causing you discomfort or affecting your everyday hearing.



The quickest and safest method of wax removal is microsuction which is what we offer. A small, low pressure probe is put into your ear and it gently sucks the wax out. This method is considered the safest as others, such as syringing, use high pressure which can lead to complications.


No cotton buds!

Visible earwax can be wiped away using a damp cloth, but you shouldn’t ever put anything in your ears to remove wax. People often think that using a cotton bud can help to remove wax but this often creates even more of a problem as it pushes the wax further into your ear.


If you believe you have a problem with ear wax and need it removed, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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