LATEST CoVid-19 UPDATE

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We Will Be Opening SOON!

On the morning of Monday 23rd March 2020 we closed all of our clinics (See Announcement), due to the government social distancing directive requiring people from different households to maintain a two metre distance from each other.

Safety of customers and staff comes first

On the evening of Sunday 22nd March, all four Audiology professional bodies jointly issued updated safety guidelines, at which point we started to inform our customers that our clinics would be temporarily closing for the foreseeable future. They said that until the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) could be determined, no face-to-face appointments should take place.

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New Professional Body Guidance Issued

On Friday 1st May, the British Society of Audiology, British Academy of Audiology, British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists and the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Practitioners, along with input from ENT UK and the Infection Prevention Society, issued new guidance on the provision of ear wax removal and other Audiology procedures, and the PPE that will be required to carry these out safely.

CoVid-19 and Safe Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

Feeling Well? Good!

Before you book your appointment, you will need to confirm that you do not feel unwell or have a cough or temperature, and likewise nobody in your household feels unwell or has a cough or temperature. We cannot at this stage perform microsuction on anyone with a perforated ear drum, and you will need to confirm that you do not have a perforated ear drum.

Appointments Spread Out

Appointments will be spread out to avoid patients crossing paths on the way in and out of the clinic, to allow the clinic room to be deep cleaned in between patients, and to allow for the donning and doffing of PPE. This means that unfortunately we will be offering fewer appointments per day. Unfortunately, this means that our prices will have to increase. We hope that you understand that this is necessary for us to be able to offer you an effective, yet safe service in the new world that we find ourselves in.

Minimising Contact Time

We will ask you to fill in a consent form and pay online at the time you book your appointment. This is to minimise contact during your appointment.

Traveling To The Clinic

We will ask you if possible to travel to the clinic by car. If you cannot come by car, please maintain a 2 metre distance from anyone who is not from your household while you travel as far as is possible. We will request that you stay outside the clinic until the time of your appointment.

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When You Arrive

When you arrive at the clinic, you will be asked to put on gloves and a mask. Our practitioner will also be wearing gloves, mask and apron. Please do not touch anything on your way in to the clinic room or in the clinic room.

Our Success Rate Is Unrivalled

We have a 99.5% success rate at removing ear 100% of ear wax. However, we have to stick to appointment times in order to allow time for us to deep clean the room and to avoid you crossing paths with someone else coming in.

After Your Appointment

In the past we have been used to shaking hands when we say goodbye after a successful procedure. Some patients have been so happy to hear, they wanted to hug us. We love the work we do, as people are often overjoyed to be able to hear properly again. However, for the time being we regret that we can't hug, shake hands or even "elbow bump", at least until a successful and effective vaccine has been developed.

Keep Up To Date And Find Out When We Re-Open

We will be reopening very soon. We are currently sourcing the correct PPE to be able to offer a service that is safe for both our patients and staff. Please bear with us and join our mailing list, if you haven't already done so, and we will contact you as soon as we are ready to take bookings.

Further Information On Coronavirus

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Government advice on Coronavirus

The Government's advice is very clear:

STAY AT HOME

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Anyone can spread the virus.

More information on the Government directive can be found here:
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Other trusted sources of information

NHS

The NHS has a very helpful page on symptoms of Coronavirus, how to stop infection spreading, looking after your health and wellbeing, what to do if you need medical help,, pregnancy advice, advice for people at high risk, and self-isolation. You can find that page here:
NHS information on COVID-19

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has a page with extensive information about people with mild or no symptoms spreading COVID-19 as well as what they are doing to help combat Coronavirus here:
People with mild or no symptoms could be spreading COVID-19

Annals of Internal Medicine

The respected journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, has a research article on the incubation people of Coronavirus. It is quite technical and in depth, but if you want to learn absolutely everything about COVID-19, the article is here:
The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Up To Date

Up To Date has virtually every fact about COVID-19 , including incubation period, spectrum of illness severity, impact of age, asymptomatic infections, clinical manifestations, evaluation and diagnosis, epidemiology, virology & management and prevention here:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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IMPORTANT CoVid-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

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Temporary shutdown due to Coronavirus pandemic - UPDATED 4/5/2020

SEE OUR LATEST UPDATE on our plans to re-open here.

We are very sad to announce that as of the morning of Monday 23rd March 2020 we have cancelled all booked appointments and temporarily closed all of our clinics. We will not be seeing any clients for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Safety of customers and staff comes first

On the evening of Sunday 22nd March, our professional body issued updated safety guidelines, at which point we started to inform our customers that our clinics would be temporarily closing for the foreseeable future. This is for the safety of our customers and staff as it is not possible to perform ear wax removal and maintain a 2 metre (6 foot) separation between patient and practitioner.

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Government Coronavirus Announcement

The Government announcement on the evening of Monday 23rd March confirmed that we had taken the right action. Although the government guidance (see below) allows people to go outside for "health reasons", we interpret this to mean exercising in the fresh air either alone or with those people who you live with, while maintaining a 6 foot distance from any person that you do not live with, OR to seek medical attention. While we are strong proponents of the physical and mental health benefits of being able to hear properly, and while microsuction ear wax removal is considered very safe, it is not possible to carry out the procedure while maintaining a 6 foot distance between patient and practitioner, potentially putting both at risk of contracting Coronavirus.

CoVid-19 and Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

The latest information on CoVid-19 suggests that people can transmit the virus during the incubation period, which can last between 4 and 14 days from the time of initial exposure. During this time, they will show no symptoms, but can be passing on the virus to people in close proximity (around 2 metres or 6 feet). Approximately 60% of people who contract the virus , mostly children and young adults, will show mild or no symptoms. However, 40% will become ill, 14% will have severe symptoms (for example, difficulty breathing, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging within 24 to 48 hours), while 5% will be critical and require life support. Those who are older or who have underlying health conditions, such as (but not limited to) diabetes, severe asthma or high blood pressure are far more likely to suffer severe or critical symptoms, It is just not possible to know who has the virus and who doesn't, and as many of our clients fall into an at-risk group, we feel that the safest thing to do is to follow Government directives and completely avoid any procedures that involve the patient and practitioner being within 2m (6ft) of each other, unless it is for the preservation of life. Clearly, while ear wax removal, including microsuction, is important for the physical and mental wellbeing of our patients, as well as enabling them to communicate with family and friends during this extended period of isolation, we are unequivocal in our belief that the clear benefits of microsuction ear wax removal do not outweigh the very real risk of patient or practitioner contracting Coronavirus.

Keep Up To Date And Find Out When We Re-Open

Further Information On Coronavirus

coronavirus microsuction ear wax removal stay at home protect the nhs save lives

Government advice on Coronavirus

The Government's advice is very clear:

STAY AT HOME

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Anyone can spread the virus.

More information on the Government directive can be found here:
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Other trusted sources of information

NHS

The NHS has a very helpful page on symptoms of Coronavirus, how to stop infection spreading, looking after your health and wellbeing, what to do if you need medical help,, pregnancy advice, advice for people at high risk, and self-isolation. You can find that page here:
NHS information on COVID-19

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has a page with extensive information about people with mild or no symptoms spreading COVID-19 as well as what they are doing to help combat Coronavirus here:
People with mild or no symptoms could be spreading COVID-19

Annals of Internal Medicine

The respected journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, has a research article on the incubation people of Coronavirus. It is quite technical and in depth, but if you want to learn absolutely everything about COVID-19, the article is here:
The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Up To Date

Up To Date has virtually every fact about COVID-19 , including incubation period, spectrum of illness severity, impact of age, asymptomatic infections, clinical manifestations, evaluation and diagnosis, epidemiology, virology & management and prevention here:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Keep Up To Date And Find Out When We Re-Open

About Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal

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What Is Micro Suction?

Micro suction earwax removal is the removal of ear wax from the ear using a medical suction device under the microscope with illumination.

Who Can Perform Micro Suction?

A Micro Suction Practitioner must be an appropriately trained, registered and insured professional. Typically microsuction is performed by a Doctor, ENT Surgeon, Specialist Nurse or Audiologist. Our clinics are staffed by Specialist Nurses and Audiologists.

How Safe Is Micro Suction?

Micro suction introduces no water into the ear and only removes wax from the ear using gentle suction. The Micro Suction Practitioner uses a pair of operating microscopes known as "loupes" and a bright light to see into your ear canal in great detail. This way, he or she can see exactly what they are doing inside your ear. The suction wands are sterile, so the risk of infection is virtually nil. For these reasons, microsuction is considered the safest method of removing wax from the ear.

Does Micro Suction Hurt?

Our Micro Suction Practitioners are highly trained, and will gently draw the wax from your ear using a CE-certified medical suction pump. We recommend that you use a couple of squirts of Earol sterile olive oil spray, or a few drops of olive oil in either ear for a few days before your appointent, and the procedure is painless.

How Soon Can I Be Seen?

We recommend that you use a couple of squirts of Earol in either ear for a few days prior to your appointment, but if you have already softened the wax we may be able to see you sooner, depending on how busy our clinics are.

Where Can I Get Microsuction?

We have a number of private ear wax removal clinics. Please visit our ear microsuction locations page for further details.

How Can I Book A Microsuction Appointment?

Cllick on the "Book Now" button below, or click on the link to the booking page.

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I've Had Ear Surgery And Can't Get My Ear Syringed - What About Micro Suction?

After ear surgery, you may have been told to keep your ear dry and never have it syringed (irrigated), as there may be a risk of perforating your ear drum or causing an infection. Fortunately, micro suction doesn't introduce any water into the ear, and providing that your surgery has healed there should be no problem. As always, please check with your surgeon that he or she is happy for the procedure to be carried out.

I Have A Perforated Ear Drum And  Can't Get My Ear Syringed - What About Micro Suction?

The same applies as for the previous question. However, we recommend that you don't use any ear drops or sprays prior to your appointment. Micro suction or dry instrument removal are the only two methods that are recommended if you have a perforation or have had ear surgery.

What Is The Difference Between Microsuction And Endoscopic Earwax Removal?

Microsuction is the removal of ear wax using suction and either the operating microscope or surgical loupes. Normally a 2mm Zoellner tube is used, but a 1.3mm fine end may be used when working close to the ear drum. Endoscopic Earwax Removal is the removal of earwax using an otoendoscope or video-otoendoscope to view the ear canal and ear drum, and various removal tools such as suction, the Jobson Horne probe, earwax hook, or crocodile forceps. Each method requires different skill sets and further training under an ENT consultant is recommended if ear wax will be removed endoscopically.

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