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Softening Wax Before Your Appointment

It may take more than one attempt to remove your wax. It’s important that the wax has been softened to make the procedure as comfortable and effective as possible. To prepare for your appointment, we would recommend using olive oil to soften it.

A spray known an Earol is ideal for this. Other sprays or drops are not always suitable and may prevent us from being able to carry out the removal.

You can purchase Earol spray from our online store

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What is Ear Wax?

Ear wax (cerumen) is naturally produced by the cells lining the ear canal. It is a combination of dead skin cells, an oily/waxy substance found on the skin, and other foreign substances such as dirt and debris. Ear wax cleans and protects the ear canal by getting rid of any excess dirt and debris. It helps reduce the risk of ear infections due to its natural acidic antibacterial and antifungal properties. Ear wax migrates naturally out of the ear where it is expelled.

What Causes Ear Wax to Build-Up?

Wax is usually self-clearing but, if there is disruption to the natural flow of wax, it can build up in the ear canal. This build-up of wax can occur for many reasons, including:

Wax build-up can block (impact) the ear canal giving a temporary hearing loss, discomfort and can contribute to ear infections. Hearing loss due to impacted wax can be frustrating and stressful. Wax in the ear canal can also prevent satisfactory clinical examination of the ear, delaying assessment and management. Audiologists cannot test hearing or prescribe and fit hearing aids and doctors cannot examine the eardrum if the ear canal is blocked with wax. Is therefore recommended to have your ears cleaned if you feel any of these symptoms.

Ear Wax Management

The main methods to removing earwax include wax softeners such as olive oil drops prior to

Currently there is considerable variation in practice; people are inappropriately given ear drops for weeks without any effect, irrigation in primary care (GP surgery) may not be available and many are referred to ENT services for wax removal. Using secondary care services for earwax removal has considerable resource implications including lengthy waiting times. There is a need for quick, efficient, and cost-effective wax removal.


Benefits of Microsuction

Limitations to Microsuction

Any adverse effects are often short-lived:

Ear Wax Candling

There is very little evidence to suggest ear wax candling is a safe way to remove ear wax. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggests ear wax candling has no benefit in ear wax management and should be avoided as it can lead to serious injury.