The angli-EAR Hearing team offer safe, endoscopic ear wax removal
We use specific equipment such as a Video Otoscope and ENT tools to facilitate removing the wax. The consistency of your ear wax will determine which of the procedures below we will use to remove your ear wax. The cost for this service is £50 for one ear or £80 for both ears.
Our state-of-the-art video otoscopy equipment is used to directly visualise the ear wax whilst it is being removed. This is done by gentle suction with a low-pressure suction machine and fine sterile probe. Micro suction is when ear wax is removed with the help of a low-pressure suction machine.
Ear irrigation replaces the old-fashioned technique of ear syringing and uses an irrigation device to remove ear wax. With irrigation we never want to squirt water directly into the ear, as happens with syringing. The irrigation introduces water into the ear via a specially adapted ear piece. This allows water to be put into the ear canal wall in 3 ways, allowing the water to flush the wax out safely.
Using the same state-of-the-art video otoscopy equipment to directly visualise the wax in your ear, We can safely remove wax with the use of ENT micro-instruments (e.g. ear hook, jobson horne).
Problematic ear wax symptoms
Similar to vertigo, an increase in air pressure due to the wax inside the ear canal can inadvertently
stimulate the facial nerve located inside the middle ear, causing you to cough.
Tinnitus is a ringing/whistling/buzzing type of sound that originates from inside your ear and can only be heard by yourself. Read more information about tinnitus.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Wax restricts sound waves from travelling efficiently through the ear canal and vibrating against the eardrum.
An increase in air pressure due to the wax inside the ear canal can inadvertently stimulate the organ of balance which is located inside the inner ear, causing vertigo.
Whistling of Hearing Aid
Sounds which are amplified by the hearing aid are reflected back out of the ear due to the wax, causing acoustic feedback (e.g. whistling) of the hearing aid.
Itchiness or Irritation
Wax that is impacted, especially dry wax, will rub against the side of the ear canal upon any jaw movements and can cause itchiness or irritations.
Internal sounds such as chewing, breathing, your heartbeat and your own voice can no longer escape out of the ear and are therefore heard much louder inside your head.
Olive Oil to soften the wax
As soon as your ear wax becomes problematic, start using olive oil
Prior to your wax removal appointment use olive oil for a few days. It is gentle on the skin and helps to soften the ear wax without causing any dryness,itching, flaky skin or irritation that can be experienced with the use of other chemical solutions.
Simply apply olive oil twice a day for a few days prior to your appointment.
This should be sufficient to soften the wax to aid the safe removal.
angli-EAR Hearing recommends using Earol which is an easy-to-use olive oil applicator.
We can provide you with this should you need some.
We do NOT recommend or support the following ear wax removal methods
We do not support or recommend this method of ear wax removal. Ear syringing is an outdated method of ear wax removal which has lost popularity over the years in favour of ear irrigation.
Hopi Ear Candles
These are used in ‘ear coning’ or ‘thermal auricular therapy’. Amongst other reasons, ear candling is not normally performed by a trained ENT professional, so there is no clinical inspection of the ear to check for any complications or medical reasons why this should not be carried out.
Did you know we offer emergency Appointments?
If you would like to book an Emergency Appointment, please make sure that you have been putting olive oil
in your ears twice a day for a few days before coming to see us.
Without this, the was may be too hard and we may not be able to treat your problem.
Please allow approx. 45 mins for the appointment.