It can be uncomfortable, painful, and hard to hear if your ear has become blocked. One of the major causes is a build-up of ear wax, which risks leading to infection if not removed carefully.
Because ears are effective at cleaning themselves, earwax usually falls out of its own accord. While that is a natural process, it’s often sore when impacted.
A build-up of earwax can happen if:
• wax has been pushed into your ear canal by cotton buds, hair clips or fingers
• your ear canals are hairy, narrow, or damaged in some way
• you wear earplugs, earbud headphones or hearing aids
• water gets into the ear while swimming or showing and causes wax to expand
• your ear canal is inflamed or infected (known as otitis externa or ‘Swimmer’s ear’)
There are signs to look out for, particularly if you’ve had earwax problems previously.
Symptoms of earwax build-up include:
• Hearing loss
• Earache, or a feeling that your ears are blocked
• Ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)
• Vertigo (feeling dizzy and sick)
• Cough (caused by hard wax pressing the vagus nerve)
These should disappear once we remove the earwax. If you’re unsure if you have wax in your ears, arrange an examination.
If wax is not causing problems, it’s best left alone. It’s possible to clean your ears safely at home, but we always recommend consulting a trained specialist or your GP before attempting to do so.
The safest way to get rid of impacted earwax is to ask an experienced audiologist that offers an earwax removal service.
We use the two most effective methods of earwax removal: microsuction and irrigation.
The former works like a miniature vacuum cleaner, adapted to suck out problematic earwax, and is a quick, non-invasive procedure recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
Water irrigation, or ‘syringing’ as it is commonly known, gently flushes blocked wax from your ear canal and is a fast, pain-free method.
We can also use manual extraction, using specially designed tools to tease soft wax from the ear canal.
No, our treatments are usually painless.
During your appointment, we will remove wax from each ear, check your overall ear and hearing health, and advise on ongoing ear care and hygiene.
We have outlets throughout the south and south-west of England, as well as South Wales.
The professional audiologists at Diamond Hearing Services have amassed a combined total of close to 60 years’ experience, and are the leading independent experts in the South West of England at tackling hearing loss.
If would like to know more about our earwax removal service, call director Rob Iles on 07779 027773, email email@example.com, or complete the contact form on our website.