Rochester: Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Kent ME1

Rochester: Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Kent ME1

What Is Microsuction?

Simply put, microsuction is the removal of ear wax from the ear canal using illuminating microscopes and gentle medical suction. At our clinics we use ENT-grade suction units and portable convergent microscopes, as well as disposable, sterile suction tips. Microsuction is considered the safest method of ear wax removal, and our training and experience ensure you will have a very safe procedure.

When the ear wax is very tough, or if there is a foreign body in the ear canal, such as a cotton bud tip, or an ear plug which has become stuck, we may use instruments, which are specially designed for removing ear wax and other objects from the ear canal. All of our staff are trained and experienced at using instruments. You may also see instrument removal also called "curettage" or "aural toilet", but we think "instrument removal" sounds nicer.

If you are looking for great value private ear wax removal in Rochester Kent ME1, our Rochester Micro Suction Ear wax Removal Clinic can be found at:

Kent Rochester Microsuction Ear Wax Removal ME1

69 - 71 City Way
Karsons Pharmacy,
Rochester ME1 2BA

Our prices (see below) are the best value in Kent!

You will find us on the corner of City Way and Pattens Lane just a short drive from Medway Bridge Marina, Homebase Chatham, Rochester Castle or the Guildhall Museum.

Please note that treatment is by appointment only. NB Our colleagues at the location are unable to take messages or book appointments. Due to new Covid-19 guidance from our professional body, records must be kept of the triage of all patients prior to booking, and their consent to treatment after booking. In order to comply with this guidance, we have adapted our booking system to incorporate these forms. Please click here to make your booking and have your credit or debit card to hand. If you are unable to use our self-service online booking system, you can take advantage of our "done for you" service and call us on 0800 1 337 987 instead.

You can find our private ear wax removal Rochester location here.

You can get directions to private ear wax removal Rochester from Google Maps here.

Nearby Microsuction Clinics include:

You can get information on other microsuction clinic locations here.

Appointment Booking

Due to high demand, microsuction ear wax removal in Rochester is strictly by appointment.

You can book a microsuction appointment in Rochester online here, or click on the Book Now button below.


Saturday Microsuction Appointments

Private ear wax removal in London on Saturday is available at our out of hours clinic in Baker Street NW1 from 10am until 4pm. Please try to book by 5.30pm on Friday evening, as Saturday microsuction appointments are very popular. You can call us on Saturday between 8.30am and 1.00pm to book, as we sometimes have same day ear wax removal appointments available. Book online now to reserve your private microsuction appointment in our Saturday clinic.


There is ample off-streat parking directly outside Karsons Pharmacy

Ear Wax Removal Rochester Kent ME1 Map and Directions

Book your private earwax removal appointment in Rochester, and say goodbye to ear wax!

Our private ear wax removal clinic in Rochester also serves clients in Gillingham, Chatham, Strood, Shorne, Wainscott, Higham, Halling, Hempstead, Capstone, Upchurch, Rainham, Hartlip, Lidsing, Blue Bell Hill, Eccles, Burham, Snodland, Newington, Cliffe Woods, Cobham, Cuxton, Wouldham, Bredhurst, Farthing Corner, Westfield Sole, Darland Banks. Upnor, Chattenden, Higham and St Mary's Island .

Saturday Microsuction Appointments

Private ear wax removal in London on Saturday is available at our out of hours clinic in Baker Street NW1 from 10am until 5pm.We also run a Saturday microsuction ear wax removal clinic in Oxford typically once a month.Please try to book by 5.30pm on Friday evening, as Saturday microsuction appointments are very popular. You can book online on the day as we sometimes have same day ear wax removal appointments available. Book online now to reserve your private microsuction appointment in one of our Saturday clinics.

Rochester Microsuction Prices - LOWEST IN KENT!


One or BothNormal PriceOnline DiscountOnline Price
One ear (or wax too impacted / no wax)**See our new online booking system for prices and times
Both ears (or wax too impacted / no wax)**See our new online booking system for prices and times
Upgrade from one to both earsUpgrade from one to both ears no longer available due to strict guidelines on appointment times
**Consultation only (no wax present / wax too impacted)If no wax is present, we will provide a complementary hearing test at a later date after the Covid-19 Pandemic
36 hours notice required for alterations and cancellations or NO refund will be given.
Non-attendance is charged at the full price.
Thank you.

Interesting Facts About Rochester

  • The City of Rochester has grown from a small Saxon village to one of England's finest cities.
  • Rochester is a town and historic city in the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, England. It is situated at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 30 miles (50 km) from London.
  • Romans came over in 43AD and made Rochester one of their most important towns by building a stronghold and a bridge over the River Medway.
  • There has been a fortification at the important defensive site of Rochester since pre-Roman times.
  • Under Emperor Claudius, the invading legions fought a major battle here in 43 AD, overcoming fierce resistance by staging an audacious river crossing and encircling the encamped local tribes. 
  • Local governor Aulus Plautius described the people of Kent as the most civilised in Britain.
  • The name 'Rochester' was derived by the Romans from 'Hroffe's Castre', which in turn was derived from the fortified house of a warrior chieftain, Hroffe, who once lived in the area.
  • Rochester Castle is known as one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England.
  • The castle was constructed by the Bishop of Rochester in around 1090 in the angle of the Roman town wall. The four-squared towers were added by Archbishop William de Corbell in 1127.
  • Today, the castle stands as a proud reminder of the history surrounding the old town of Rochester, along with the cathedral, the cobbled streets and the Dickensian reflections.
  • Rochester was for many years a favourite of Charles Dickens, who owned nearby Gads Hill Place, Higham, basing many of his novels on the area.
  • Rochester and its neighbours, Chatham and GillinghamStrood and a number of outlying villages form a single large urban area known as the Medway Towns with a population of about 250,000.

Sources: Historic UK, BBC Local, Kiddle.

Places To See In Rochester

  • A new Huguenot Museum, which includes items from the collections of the French Hospital, was opened in Rochester on 13 May 2015, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and individual donations.
  • There is a small amateur theatre called Medway Little Theatre on St Margaret's Banks next to Rochester High Street near the railway station.
  • Rochester Castle: The enduring structure is the square keep, built from Kentish ragstone and raised during the reign of Henry I in the 1120s. In places the keep’s walls are four metres thick, and these were put to the test in three sieges. In the chapel you can find a model showing how Rochester Castle would have looked in the 14th century, while there’s open-air theatre and cinema shows all summer long in the castle grounds.
  • Rochester Cathedral: The cathedral has been a place of worship since the 7th century, but the current building dates mostly from the 12 and 13th centuries. To the east of the north tower is Gundulf’s tower, which is a fragment of an older building from the turn of the 12th century and now used as a private back door to the cathedral.
  • Guildhall Museum: As soon as you go in you’ll be wowed by the exuberant plaster ceilings over the entrance hall and staircase, presented to the Guildhall by local MP Sir Cloudesley Shovell in 1695. The museum is a trip through Medway’s human history, starting 200,000 years ago with a flint axe that you’re allowed to touch.
  • Rochester High Street: Hundreds of years of architecture have been preserved, from quaint, cantilevered Tudor houses and weatherboard cottages to rows of bold 17th and 18th-century townhouses with white-painted quoins. The Medway Visitor Centre and Huguenot Museum is in a stately Baroque building topped with a little lantern.
  • Eastgate House: Eastgate House is one of the High Street’s treasures, an Elizabethan townhouse completed in 1591. This property certainly caught Charles Dickens’ attention, as Eastgate House appears as Westgate in the Pickwick Papers and as the Nun’s House in the Mystery of Edwin Drood.
  • Six Poor Travellers House: As the name suggests, the Six Poor Travellers House was built to provide lodgings for down-at-heel travellers staying in Rochester. It was built in the mid-1580s and served its function until the Second World War. The house features in Dickens’ Christmas Story, the Seven Poor Travellers.
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard: For centuries up to 1984 this was one of the Royal Navy’s main facilities, keeping all of its individual factories and workshops together. Since 2016 the Command of the Oceans gallery has summed up the rich heritage of the site, using cutting-edge multimedia and interactive displays. Around the dockyard you’ll be aware of just how many different skills went into a warship, calling in at Ropery, which dates back to 1618, or witnessing the digital theatre installation at Hearts of Oak, retelling the construction of wooden-hulled ships. It stands as the most intact dockyard from the Age of Sail in the world.
  • Upnor Castle: Downriver from the Historic Dockyard on the picturesque opposite bank of the Medway is an Elizabethan artillery fort maintained by Medway Council.

Sources: Kiddle, The Crazy Tourist.

Why Do We Have Earwax?

Ear wax (medical name cerumen) is made by specialised glands in the outer two thirds of the ear canal. It helps protect the ear by moisturising the skin in the ear canal, providing a physical barrier against infection, and by being acidic it has antibacterial properties. Because it is sticky, it helps to catch dust, pollen and small insects and prevent them from establishing themselves in your ears! The skin in your ear canal grows differently to the skin that covers the rest of our body, and grows along the ear canal from the ear drum to the canal entrance. It acts like a conveyor belt, bringing the ear wax, and any dust, pollen or other debris with it, out of the ear. This way, the ear canal cleans itself naturally.

Why Do Ear Wax Blockages Happen?

Typically, ear wax blocks the ear canal and becomes impacted when it is pushed back against the natural outward movement that is part of the natural cleaning process. This can be done using cotton buds, matchsticks, paper clips, rolled up tissue, hair pins amongst other objects. Other causes of ear wax impaction can be narrow or winding ear canals, excessive, excessively dry or excessively sticky ear wax production. Everybody has an S bend in their ear canals - this is to reduce the chance of twigs and other objects from perforating the ear drum. However, ear wax can build up on very sharp bends in the canal. Where the ear canal is very narrow, there is less space for ear wax to accumulate, and this can lead to frequent ear wax blockages. Excessive, sticky, or dry ear wax production can also lead to impacted ear wax. The most obvious symptom of a blocked ear is a partial or total loss of hearing, but other symptoms can include pain, itching, a feeling of fullness, or hissing, whooshing, buzzing or ringing sounds.


How To Get Rid Of Ear Wax

Unfortunately, the size and shape of your ear canal, as well as the amount and type of ear wax is genetically determined. In order to reduce ear wax build up we recommend applying one squirt of Earol (a sterile, sealed olive oil spray) into each ear once or twice a week. If you have a blocked ear, we recommend you apply two squirts of Earol twice or three times a day for three or four days and then attend one of our expert microsuction ear wax removal clinics. You can book an appointment at our Rochester microsuction ear wax removal clinic here. Please don't put cotton wool in after applying Earol, as it will just absorb the olive oil and stop it from doing its work. We don't recommend self-syringing as this can push the ear wax further into your ear. We particularly recommend you avoid ear candles, as these do not remove ear wax and can potentially cause serious problems. We have an article on ear candles and their pitfalls here.

If you'd like to read about the various methods of ear wax removal, including syringing and microsuction, we have an article on different ear wax removal methods here.

If You Wear Hearing Aids

If you wear hearing aids, to prevent oil and wax from blocking up your hearing aids just apply the Earol at night, and then wipe out the entrance of your ear canal with a tissue in the morning before you put your hearing aids in. You'll ideally need to use Earol for five to eight days before your microsuction appointment.


Ear Wax Microsuction In Rochester From £40

So, after reading the above if you have wax in your ear and would like it removed safely without any water being syringed or jetted into your ear, you may want to choose to have your ears microsuctioned.

We provide the most affordable ear wax microsuction service in Rochester, provided by HCPC-registered Audiologists and NMC-registered nurses. We take payment for the appointment up front - we are sorry that we have to do this, but many patients have booked and not turned up, which is frustrating for other patients who cannot get an appointment.

Our Audiologist will inspect your ears using surgical loupes or an otoscope to determine whether your ear canals are full of wax and if microsuction is therefore necessary.

If there is no ear wax, we will give you advice and/or a hearing test as appropriate.

If there is wax, we will remove the ear wax expertly using a low power medical suction unit with a tiny, sterile 2 mm suction tube on the end. This is so gentle, it feels like barely even a kiss on the cheek. Sometimes, despite applying Earol for several days, the ear wax is too stubborn to be removed by microsuction, so we may use special disposable instruments, such as a Jobson Horne Probe, or a St Barts or Rosen Cerumen Hook. Whatever method we use, you safety is our top priority at all times. If you would like to book a microsuction appointment in Rochester, click here.

We never use a Propulse Ear Irrigator, which has now largely replaced the ear syringe, as according to the British Medical Journal (article here) irrigation or syringing is associated with a high risk of complications, such as failure of wax removal or further impaction of the wax, ear infection, trauma to the ear canal, or perforation of the ear drum. Other complications of syringing that have been reported are pain, tinnitus, vertigo (dizziness), and loss of balance or hearing.