Private Earwax Removal

Private Earwax Removal using microsuction, the safest method of removing earwax
Private Earwax Removal

Private Earwax Removal

With NHS waiting times for ear wax removal on the rise, more and more people are looking for private ear wax removal - we will show you where you can get private ear wax removal , the cost of private earwax removal and which is the safest method later in this article. To jump forward to the relevant section, you can click on one of the following links:

Long NHS Waiting Lists

The most common method of earwax removal in the NHS is irrigation (also known as "syringing"). A practice nurse will typically recommend the application of olive oil for two weeks prior to carrying out the procedure, and it isn't always successful on the first attempt, meaning it can take between 2 - 4 weeks before the earwax blockage is cleared. However, there is a known level of risk associated with NHS or private ear syringing - potential complications of ear irrigation include:

  • failure to remove the earwax on the first or subsequent attempt
  • external ear infection
  • middle ear infection
  • perforation of the eardrum
  • damage to the ear canal
  • pain
  • hearing loss
  • vertigo
  • onset or aggravation of tinnitus


With this extensive list of potential complications, many NHS surgeries are withdrawing ear wax irrigation as a service and instead are referring patients straight to the local hospital's ENT department for microsuction, the safest method of ear wax removal. The consequence of this increased number of referrals, though, is that waiting times for NHS ear microsuction has increased to 12 weeks or more in many ENT departments.


A Safer Method of Private Earwax Removal

Microsuction is a far safer method of earwax removal compared to irrigation or syringing, and is considered the safest method of removing ear wax. In a microsuction procedure, the practitioner uses a medical suction pump with a 2mm suction wand that is specially designed to fit into the ear canal. The practitioner uses either an operating microscope, surgical loupes or a video endoscope to see inside the ear canal while performing the procedure.

Why Microsuction Is The Safest Method of Private Earwax Removal

This procedure is safer because:

  • The microsuction procedure uses suction instead of flushing the ear with water
  • The suction is directed precisely to where the earwax blockage is
  • The suction wands are sterile
  • The practitioner can see inside the ear before and more importantly during the procedure

Where To Get Private Earwax Removal

We have a network of private ear wax removal clinics, which you can find by following the link here.


Private Earwax Removal Cost

The cost of private earwax removal can vary by location, method and whether it is an out of hours appointment. At the Microsuction Earwax Removal Network, we try to keep the cost of private earwax removal low, while keeping our standards high. Many rival clinics run 15 minute appointments for two ears. We run 20 minutes for one ear or 30 minutes for two ears. As a result of our longer appointment times, the exceptional skill of our practitioners, and our superior grade equipment, our success rate for ear wax removal at the first appointment is 99.8%. Taking into consideration new professional guidance introduced due to the Coronavirus, we have gone above and beyond to protect the safety of our clients. As a result, we have had to put up our prices slightly. The price for one ear begins at £80. 

To find the best price for private ear wax removal near your location, click here.

Saturday Microsuction Appointments

Private ear wax removal 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.