St Albans: Providing Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 (Now Open!)
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 St Albans Herts AL1, our St Albans Micro Suction Ear wax Removal Clinic can be found within Maltings Eyecare at:
Herts St Albans: Microsuction Ear Wax Removal St Albans Herts AL1
Our prices (see below) are the best value in Hertfordshire!
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.
What Happens At A St Albans Ear Wax Removal Appointment
You will find us in the Maltings shopping centre, within Maltings Eyecare.
Please note: The clinic is downstairs, and therefore we regret that there is no disabled access.
Please visit our nearby clinics in Rickmansworth or Welwyn Garden City if you require disabled access.
You can find our private ear wax removal St Albans location here.
Nearby Hertfordshire Microsuction Clinics include:
- Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Rickmansworth, Watford, Herts WD3
- Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8
You can get information on other London microsuction clinic locations here.
Due to high demand, microsuction ear wax removal in Barnet is strictly by appointment.
You can book a microsuction appointment in Barnet online here, or click on the Book Now button below.
Saturday Microsuction AppointmentsPrivate 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.
The best place to park is in the Spires Shopping Centre multi storey car park, and then it will take about 4 minutes to walk through the shopping centre to the High Street. From the shopping centre entrance, turn left and we are about 4 shops down.
Parking costs £1 per hour, or £5.50 all day.
Ear Wax Removal St Albans Herts AL1 Map and Directions
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Our private ear wax removal clinic in St Albans also serves clients in Herts, AL1, Radlett, Chiswell Green, Hatfield, Harpenden, Redbourn, Hemel Hempstead, Tyttenhanger, Napsbury, Park Street, Potter's Crouch, Frogmore, Welham GreenColeman Green, Sandridge, Chidwickbury, Bedmond, Brickett Wood, London Colney, Colney Heath, Abbots Langley, Kings Langley, East Hyde, Wheathamstead, Shenleybury, Porters Wood, New Greens, Batchwood, Bernards Heath, Townsend, St Stephens, St Julians, Cottonmill, The Camp, Fleetville, Oaklands, Smallford, Sleapshyde, Marshalswick, Jersey Farm and Leavesden.
St Albans Microsuction Prices - BEST VALUE IN ST ALBANS
WE REGRET THAT DUE TO COVID-19 OUR PRICES HAVE GONE UP. IN ADDITION TO THE HIGH COST OF PPE, WE MUST NOW SET ASIDE AN ADDITIONAL MINIMUM OF 50% OF THE APPOINTMENT TIME TO DOFF AND DON PPE AND DECONTAMINATE SURFACES IN THE ROOM. WE HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THESE ADDITIONAL MEASURES ARE FOR YOUR SAFETY.
|One or Both||Normal Price||Online Discount||Online 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 ears||Upgrade 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.
23 Interesting Facts About St Albans
- The Hot Cross Bun is said to originate in St Albans,. Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th century Monk at St Albans Abbey, developed the original recipe and distributed the bun to the local poor on Good Friday, starting in 1381.
- Childwickbury goats cheese was served at Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate’s wedding breakfast.
- The history of St Albans began about 20 BC when the local Celtic tribe built their capital there. It would have been a 'town' of wooden huts with thatched roofs surrounded by a ditch and an earth rampart with a wooden palisade on top. In 43 AD the Romans invaded Britain. When they subdued Hertfordshire they took over the Celtic settlement and called it Verulamium.
- Roman St Albans was burned by Boudicca when she led a rebellion against the Romans in 61 AD. However the town was soon rebuilt and slowly the wooden buildings were replaced with stone ones. Temples were built in Roman St Albans and a theater with seating for 6,000 people.
- There are towns and cities called St Albans in Australia, Canada, and in five different locations across the United States including Vermont.
- Walk upwards from from the Cathedral and in a minute you’re in the heart of city, marked by the Clock Tower. Completed by 1405, It’s the only standing medieval bell tower in England. You can climb its 93 narrow steps up to the top, where the views over the city and surrounding countryside are spectacular.
- The 84 bus route from St Albans to New Barnet is over 100 years old.
- Stephen Hawking attended St Albans High School for Girls for a few months when young boys were allowed to attend one of the houses.
- The 1957 April Fool's Day spoof edition of BBC documentary series Panorama, which dealt with the fictitious Swiss spaghetti harvest, was filmed partly at the (now closed) Pasta Foods factory on London Road, St Albans.
- St Albans takes its name from the first British saint, Alban. The most elaborate version of his story, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, relates that he lived in Verulamium, sometime during the 3rd or 4th century, when Christians were suffering persecution. Alban met a Christian priest fleeing from his persecutors and sheltered him in his house, where he became so impressed with the priest's piety that he converted to Christianity. When the authorities searched Alban's house, he put on the priest's cloak and presented himself in place of his guest. Consequently, he was sentenced to endure the punishments that were to be inflicted upon the priest, unless he renounced Christianity.
- In the English Civil War which saw the overthrow and execution of Charles I, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire entered Market Place with troops in 1643 and called on the men of the town to join the king. They were attacked by troops led by Oliver Cromwell and a battle took place in the High Street. The parliamentary troops won resoundingly, and St Albans remained on the side of the parliamentarians.
- Every year St Albans holds its own Film Festival which turns open spaces, shops, offices and bars into cinemas for everyone to enjoy.
- Following Amstrad’s sale to BSkyB’s in 2007, parts of Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice have been filmed in St Albans. The series introduction and post-firing ‘walk of shame’ exit sequences from series four onwards have been filmed at the Viglen HQ building in St Albans. This venue is also used for the infamous Week 11 interviews task.
- The main gate of “Slade Prison” in the sitcom Porridge was filmed at The Gate House in St Albans. This was originally built as the town jail back in the Victorian era.
- In 2012, Hollywood Star Tom Cruise surprised diners when he popped into favourite Indian restaurant, Veer Dhara, for a lobster and chicken tikka masala.
- Jason Priestly, from the original Beverly Hills 90210, has said that he feels a kinship with Brits, even though he is from Canada, as his wife is from St. Albans.
- St Albans is referenced in the following songs: There was a time by Donovan, Swiss Cottage Manoeuvres by Al Stewart, Go Cut Creator by LL Cool J, All Eyes on the Saint by Enter Shikari.
- Whereas Hatfield is referenced in the following songs: Hatfield by Widespread Panic, Hatfield 1980 by Everything But The Girl.
- Mcfly's Harry Judd and his wife Izzy married in St Nicholas’s Church in Harpenden.
- Craig Charles, comedian and actor in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street and host of the Funk and Soul Show and Robot Wars currently lives in Harpenden.
- Singer David Essex lives in St Albans.
- Lyricist Tim Rice attended St Albans School.
- St Albans Market has lined the city streets since the 9th century, and was giving a Royal Charter in 1553. Some families have been on the market for over 80 years.
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 Barnet 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 St Albans From £55
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 Bernet, 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 Barnet, 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.