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Instant Wax Removal Service For Blocked Ears Our experienced staff offer an instant wax removal service for blocked ears at five of our practices in the London area Check Locations.   Our special equipment enables us to see right into your ear as far as your eardrum via your ear canals and to determine exactly the amount of wax for removal and its location in your ear. When we see you for your instant wax…

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Microsuction Reviews

Microsuction London 5 Star Reviews And Ratings On Google And Facebook

Microsuction 5 Star Reviews And Ratings On Google And Facebook

Microsuction Reviews

Below are some reviews written by our private ear wax removal clients. You can also see Google reviews of our microsuction earwax removal service to the right. These reviews are for all of our private ear wax removal clinics in Central London, East Finchley, North London N2, Pinner, North West London HA5, and Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. However, clients come from all over London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire because of our 5 star reputation.

Private Microsuction Ear Wax Removal (From £50) In Loughton NE London / Essex IG10

Private Microsuction Ear Wax Removal In Loughton Essex IG10 At Loughton Surgery
Private Microsuction Ear Wax Removal (From £50) In Loughton NE London / Essex IG10
Private Microsuction Ear Wax Removal In Loughton Essex IG10 At Loughton Surgery

Private Microsuction Ear Wax Removal In Loughton Essex IG10 At Loughton Surgery

Private Microsuction Ear Wax Removal In Loughton NE London / Essex IG10

OPENING MARCH 2018!

Our Private Microsuction Ear wax Removal Clinic in Loughton can be found in:

The Loughton Surgery
25 Traps Hill
Loughton
Essex
IG10 1SZ

You will find us in The Loughton Surgery. The surgery is about 15 minutes walk from Loughton station, which is on the Central Line. Our clinic is in one of the comfortable medical consulting rooms located on the ground floor. There is level access from the street. Loughton is conveniently located on the border of Essex and North East London.

Appointment Booking

Due to high demand, private ear wax removal is by appointment only. You can book an ear microsuction appointment here, or click on the Book Now button below:

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Parking

There is usually off-street parking available outside the practice.

Book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment today, and say goodbye to the discomfort of ear wax.

Our microsuction ear wax removal clinic in Loughton also serves clients in Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Theydon Bois, Abridge, Ongar, Chingford, Waltham Cross, Sawbridgeworth, Enfield, Great Amwell, Waltham Abbey, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Woodford, Barkingside, Dagenham, Brentwood, Hornchurch, Upminster, Walthamstow, Romford, Waltham Abbey, Cheshunt, Ponders End, Epping, Barkingside, and Broxbourne.

Microsuction vs. Ear Syringing

Many people in Essex and North East London are finding that their local GP surgery no longer offers ear syringing. No doubt this is partly due to a lack of funding, but also because ear syringing is inherently less safe than ear micro suction. Possible side effects of ear syringing or irrigation are ear infection, hearing loss, tinnitus, perforation of the ear drum, and further impaction of the ear wax (i.e. the ear wax gets pushed even harder against the ear drum). Is it any wonder that people are going off walk in ear syringing in North London and are seeking out same day microsuction ear wax removal instead? Unfortunately, the sharp rise in demand has meant that NHS micro suction clinics are now unable to meet the need and waiting times are often over two to three months.

You no longer need to wait months for micro suction. Why not save time by going private? It’s not as expensive as you think. Simply head to our booking page and you could be saying goodbye to your wax blockage this week!

Loughton Micro Suction Clinic Prices

One or BothPrice
One ear (or wax too impacted / no wax)**£50*
Both ears (or wax too impacted / no wax)**£70*
Upgrade from one to both ears£25*

**Consultation only (no wax present / wax too impacted) If no wax present, will include audiogram and/or ear care advice. If you're not sure both ears are blocked, choose one ear and we will check for you and if both are blocked we will clear both, time permitting and just charge the upgrade fee (excluding out of hours)

Out of hours microsuction appointment (one or both ears / no wax present / wax too impacted)

£80*
* Prices shown include a £5 discount for micro suction appointments booked online. Appointments booked by telephone are £5 more than the prices shown. 36 hours notice required for alterations and cancellations. Thank you. BOOK NOW! SAVE £5

Home Visit Prices

We also perform ear wax removal in your home, care home or nursing home. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you. Due to the additional time and travel costs, the price is higher than a clinic appointment.

Home Visit (one or both ears): £150

Home visit, multiple patients discount

For multiple patients at the same address, we offer a sliding scale discount as less travelling is involved. Please book well in advance.

Number of patientsPrice per patient
2 patients£130 each
3 patients£120 each
4 patients£110 each
5 patients£100 each
6 or more£90 each

About Loughton

Loughton is a town and civil parish in the Epping Forest District of Essex and is part of the metropolitan area of London and the Greater London Urban Area. [3] It is located between 11 and 13 miles (21 km) north east of Charing Cross in London, south of the M25 and west of the M11 motorway and has boundaries with Chingford, Waltham Abbey, Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. Loughton includes three conservation areas and there are 56 listed buildings in the town, together with a further 50 that are locally listed.

The earliest structure in Loughton is Loughton Camp, an Iron Age earth fort in Epping Forest dating from around 500 BC. Hidden by dense undergrowth for centuries it was rediscovered in 1872.

The first references to the site of modern-day Loughton date from the Anglo-Saxon period when it was known as Lukintune (“the farm of Luhha”). The earliest written evidence of this settlement is in the charter of Edward the Confessor in 1062 which granted various estates, including Tippedene (Debden) and Alwartune (Alderton Hall, in Loughton), to Harold Godwinson (later King Harold II) following his re-founding of Waltham Abbey. Following the Norman conquest, the town is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, with the name Lochintuna.

The settlement remained a small village until the early 17th century when the high road was extended north through the forest. The road quickly became the main route from London to Cambridge and East Anglia, and Loughton grew into an important stop with coaching inns. The most significant of the great houses of this period, built as country retreats for wealthy City merchants and courtiers, was Loughton Hall, owned by Mary Tudor two months before she became Queen Mary of England in 1553, and later by the Wroth family from 1578 to 1738. Sir Robert Wroth (c. 1576 – 1614) and his wife Lady Mary Wroth (1587 – c. 1652) entertained many of the great literary figures of the time, including Ben Jonson, at the house. It was rebuilt in 1878 by Revd. J. W. Maitland, whose family held the manor for much of the 19th century. It is now a Veecare Homes care home and is a grade II listed building.

Loughton is bounded by Epping Forest to the west and the Roding river valley to the east. After the Epping Forest Act of 1878 prohibited any further expansion of the town into the forest, the forest and the river have formed two natural barriers constraining any expansion westwards or eastwards, and consequently most of the growth in the last 100 years has been through infilling and construction of new housing estates to the north and south of the old town centre, plus the purpose-built suburb of Debden to the north-east. The Roding valley is somewhat marshy and the river is prone to flooding, so construction close to the river is very limited and the majority of the land around it has been designated as a nature reserve or left as open space parkland.

  • Old Loughton refers to the original settlement which grew up around Loughton High Road.
  • Debden occupies about 650 acres/225 hectares to the north east of Loughton; London County Council built the woodland development between 1947 and 1952 out of county to rehouse people from London whose homes had been destroyed or damaged during the Second World War.
  • Debden Green is a hamlet set around an ancient green in the north-east corner of the parish. Debden House in Debden Green is an adult learning and conference centre run by the London Borough of Newham; the grounds include a campsite.
  • Goldings Manor is a modern estate of mostly large detached houses built in the grounds of ‘Goldings Manor’, a large mansion demolished after being hit during the Blitz. It comprises four residential streets; Broadstrood, Campions, Garden Way and Stanmore Way.
  • Great Woodcote Park is a modern housing estate at the southern end of Loughton, built on the site of the former North Farm.
  • Little Cornwall is a hilly area of north-west Loughton closest to Epping Forest characterised by steep hills, weatherboarded houses, narrow lanes and high holly hedges.
  • Roding Estate or South Loughton is the area south-east of the London Underground Central line and was mostly built up between the First World War and Second World War.

 

Things To Do In Loughton

The National Jazz Archive is housed in Loughton Library and Town Hall; it is the national repository and research centre for printed material, photographs and memorabilia relating to jazz, with an emphasis on British jazz. Founded by jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather in 1988, it contains an unrivalled collection of British jazz recordings, photographs, posters and memorabilia. The archive holds regular celebrity and live jazz events.

Loughton Leisure Centre at Traps Hill, managed by a private operator on behalf of the Epping Forest District Council, includes a swimming pool complex and fitness facilities. Other large commercial sports and leisure facilities are also to be found in the area.

Cricket – Loughton Cricket Club was founded in 1879, and plays in the Shepherd Neame Essex League. Its cricket ground, complete with thatched pavilion, and facing the war memorial, is one of the town’s most important open spaces, and originated as a field named Mott’s Piece.

Fencing – Loughton Fencing Club meets at Debden Park High School.

Golf – Loughton Golf Club owns a 9-hole course in Clays Lane. There are many other golf courses close by, including Abridge Golf and Country Club, Chigwell Golf Club, Chingford Golf Club, Royal Epping Forest Golf Club, Theydon Bois Golf Club, West Essex Golf Club, Woodford Golf Club and Woolston Manor Golf Club.

Horse-riding – Horse-riding is very popular in Epping Forest; riders need to be registered with the Epping Forest conservators before they are allowed to ride in the forest. Pine Lodge Riding Centre at Springfield Farm, Loughton, is an ABRS-approved stables.

Speedway – High Beach near Loughton is acknowledged by most speedway historians as being the first venue for speedway racing in the UK. The first event was staged on 19 February 1928.

Things To Do Around Loughton

Epping Forest District Museum
The newly redeveloped museum features six galleries, the opportunity to see behind the scenes, a lift making the entire building accessible and lovely new community space for all to use.

Epping Forest High Beach Visitor Centre.
The centre has information, maps and walks about the Forest, a bird observation window and gift shop – and volunteers are on hand to help visitors find out more about the wildlife in the Forest, where to go and what is on offer.

Epping Forest
The View tells the story of Epping Forest including:
The history of Epping Forest
How it came to be a public open space
What you can see in the Forest
What you can do to help protect it.
Open seven days a week 10am – 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays (closed on Christmas Day & occasional training days). It’s the building with the glass frontage, between the Royal Forest pub and the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, a five to ten minute uphill walk from the Chingford bus and train stations. Small car park opposite and larger car parks at nearby Bury Road and Connaught Water.

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0800 1 337 987 Hertford MicroSuction EarWax Removal Clinic

MicroSuction EarWax Removal Clinic In Hertford within Natural Health
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Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Hertford 0800 1 337 987

THIS CLINIC IS NOW HELD AT OUR WELWYN GARDEN CITY CLINIC DUE TO BETTER DISABLED ACCESS. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Our Micro Suction Ear wax Removal Clinic in Hertford can be found:

within Natural Health 4 Old Cross Hertford Hertfordshire SG14 1RB

You will find us on the corner of Old Cross and Mill Bridge, at the junction of Old Cross, Mill Bridge and St Andrew Street. Our clinic is one of several comfortable rooms located above the shop, and is accessed by two flights of stairs at the back of the shop. As there is no lift or disabled access, and we recommend that disabled customers visit us at the Welwyn Garden City Microsuction Clinic instead, as the treatment room there is located on the ground floor.

Appointment Booking

Due to high demand, microsuction ear wax removal is by appointment only. You can book on 0800 1 337 987

Parking

There is sometimes on-street parking available on Mill Bridge. We recommend the St Andrew Street Pay and Display Car Park, which is a three minute walk from the clinic.

Call us today on 0800 1 337 987 to book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment in Hertford, and say goodbye to ear wax!

Our ear wax removal clinic in Hertford also serves clients in Harlow, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Waltham Abbey, Bishop’s Stortford, Collier’s End, Roydon, Nazeing, Epping, Goff’s Oak, Widford, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Puckeridge, Westmill, Royston, Watton at Stone, Wadesmill, Buntingford and Therfield.

Hertford Micro Suction Clinic Prices

One or BothPrice
One ear (or wax too impacted / no wax)**£50*
Both ears (or wax too impacted / no wax)**£70*
Upgrade from one to both ears£25*

**Consultation only (no wax present / wax too impacted) If no wax present, will include audiogram and/or ear care advice. If you're not sure both ears are blocked, choose one ear and we will check for you and if both are blocked we will clear both, time permitting and just charge the upgrade fee (excluding out of hours)

Out of hours microsuction appointment (one or both ears / no wax present / wax too impacted)

£80*
* Prices shown include a £5 discount for micro suction appointments booked online. Appointments booked by telephone are £5 more than the prices shown. 36 hours notice required for alterations and cancellations. Thank you.

Home Visit Prices

We also perform ear wax removal in your home, care home or nursing home. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you. Due to the additional time and travel costs, the price is higher than a clinic appointment.

Home Visit (one or both ears): £150

Home visit, multiple patients discount

For multiple patients at the same address, we offer a sliding scale discount as less travelling is involved. Please book well in advance.

Number of patientsPrice per patient
2 patients£130 each
3 patients£120 each
4 patients£110 each
5 patients£100 each
6 or more£90 each

 

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Map of Ear Wax Removal Micro Suction London Clinic Locations. Information On Where To Get Microsuction In London And Details Of Where To Get Ear Wax Removal London
Micro Suction Clinic Locations

Micro Suction Clinic Locations

Map of Ear Wax Removal Micro Suction London Clinic Locations. Information On Where To Get Microsuction In London And Details Of Where To Get Ear Wax Removal London

Map of Ear Wax Removal Micro Suction Clinic Locations.

Ear Wax Removal Micro Suction Clinic Locations

Here is a list of our micro suction ear wax removal clinic locations. Click on the links below to get full details of each private earwax removal clinic location near you.

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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You can find a page with all London Micro Suction Clinics here.

Syringing (Irrigation) vs Microsuction

Many people have only ever experienced syringing by a nurse at their GP surgery. It is now more accurately known as irrigation, as the old stirrup syringe has been replaced by a regulated water pump with a specially adapted spray head. These irrigation pumps are based on the high pressure water pump dental flossers (for example, the Waterpik ® Ultra) that are so popular nowadays. However, using such high pressure water is not without its consequences. Possible complications of ear wax removal by irrigation are perforation of the ear drum, outer ear infection, and further impaction of the ear wax. The pumps used for ear irrigation are not particularly suited to continuous operation either, and they frequently break down. On top of that, many GP surgeries are withdrawing their irrigation services, because of the potential complications.

Microsuction (also known as ear wax suction), which we use at the Earwax Removal Network, avoids these complications as the microsuction practitioner wears surgical loupes (special binocular microscopes) that magnify and illuminate the ear canal throughout the entire procedure and allow the ear wax to be accurately targeted. Alternatively, some of our practitioners may use an ear endoscope (a thin camera lens with a built in fibre optic light) with a small video screen to see where the wax is in your ear. Once the wax is located it is removed using a gentle medical suction pump that is safely used in medical procedures every day.

Book Your Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Appointment

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

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Micro Suction Ear Wax Clinic Pinner

Micro Suction Ear Wax Clinic Pinner

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Pinner 0800 1 337 987

Our Micro Suction Ear wax Removal Clinic in Pinner can be found:

within Grant and Glass Opticians
3 Red Lion Parade
Pinner
Middlesex
HA5 3JD

You will find us on Red Lion Parade, in between Hallmark Cards, and Q Natural Healthcare, and opposite Barclays Bank.

Appointment Booking

Due to high demand, microsuction ear wax removal is strictly by appointment. You can book on 0800 1 337 987

Parking

Nearest car parks are: Waxwell Lane Car Park, Love Lane Car Park, and the Sainsbury’s Car Park.

Many people park in the Sainsbury’s Car Park, walk through the store and exit onto Pinner High Street, then head down the high street and turn right onto Bridge Street. Then walk along towards the next roundabout and Grant and Glass is on the right.

Call us today on 0800 1 337 987 to book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment in Pinner, and say goodbye to ear wax!

Our ear wax removal clinic in Pinner also serves clients in Stanmore, Ruislip, Northwood, Moor Park, Harrow, Wembley, Northolt, Harefield, West Hyde, Maple Cross, Gerrards Cross, Denham, Ickenham, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Edgware and Hendon.

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Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal In Hertford

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal In Hertford

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Hertford 0800 1 337 987

Our Micro Suction Ear wax Removal Clinic in Hertford can be found:

within Natural Health
4 Old Cross
Hertford
SG14 1RB

You will find us on the corner of Old Cross and Mill Bridge.

Our clinic is on the second floor above the shop. It is accessed via the stairs at the back of the shop.

As there is no lift or disabled access, we recommend that disabled clients visit us at our Welwyn Garden City Microsuction Clinic.

Appointment Booking

Due to high demand, microsuction ear wax removal is strictly by appointment. You can book on 0800 1 337 987

Parking

There is sometimes on-street parking available on St Andrew Street or Mill Bridge.

We recommend the St Andrew Street Pay and Display Car Park, which is a three minute walk from the clinic.

Call us today on 0800 1 337 987 to book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment in Hertford, and say goodbye to ear wax!

Our ear wax removal clinic in Hertford also serves clients in Harlow, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Waltham Abbey, Bishop’s Stortford, Collier’s End, Roydon, Nazeing, Epping, Goff’s Oak, Widford, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Puckeridge, Westmill, Royston, Watton at Stone, Wadesmill, Buntingford and Therfield.

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Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Welwyn Garden City

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Welwyn Garden City

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal Clinic In Welwyn Garden City 0800 1 337 987

Our Micro Suction Ear wax Removal Clinic in Welwyn Garden City can be found:

within Natural Health
36 Wigmores North
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
AL8 6PH

You will find us next to the John Lewis car park between Putterills and Connells estate agents.

Our clinic is one of four comfortable treatment rooms located on the ground floor at the back of the shop.

Appointment Booking

Due to high demand, microsuction ear wax removal is by appointment only. You can book on 0800 1 337 987

Parking

There is sometimes on-street parking available, free for up to one hour.

The John Lewis car park is very popular, but sometimes has spaces.

We recommend the Osborn Way Car Park, which is a four minute walk from the clinic.

Call us today on 0800 1 337 987 to book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment, and say goodbye to ear wax for good!

Our ear wax removal clinic in Welwyn Garden City also serves clients in Hitchin, St Ippolyts, Gravely, Letchworth Garden City, Baldock, Weston, Walkern, Bennington, St Pauls Walden, Whitwell, Codicote, Kimpton, Welwyn, Knebworth, Datchworth, Watton at Stone, Tewin, Wheathampstead, Harpenden, East Hyde, Luton, Slip End, Dunstable, Flamstead, Kensworth, Redbourn, Sandridge, St Albans, London Colney, Welham Green, Brookmans Park, Potters Bar, Barnet, Borehamwood, Elstree, Radlett and Shenley

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Ear Wax Removal Methods

microsuction canula tips copyright 2016 ear wax removal network and Jason Levy

There are numerous methods of ear wax removal. Some can be performed at home, while others must be performed by a professional. Here we have outlined the different methods and the pros and cons of each one:

Ear Drops

Ear drops can be bought from the chemist over the counter and are the cheapest method of wax removal. Ear drops are commonly marketed as a cheap way of removing earwax at home. For an ordinary member of the public, the choice of different branded and unbranded products can be overwhelming. Here are some of the different types:

Olive oil

Olive oil ear drops are the gentlest type. The olive oil softens the edges and outer surface of the wax and is well-tolerated by most people. Some more expensive versions have added menthol to produce a cooling sensation, or eucalyptus to give a pleasant smell.

  • Pros: cheap; gentle; generally well-tolerated; can be used for extended periods
  • Cons: can take a long time to work on its own; can make the ear feel bunged up,;added ingredients may not be so well-tolerated

Other Oil Blends

Some proprietary brands contain blends of light oils that soften ear wax.

  • Pros: gentle; possibly faster acting than olive oil
  • Cons: more expensive than olive oil; wax can sometimes dissolve and slide further down the ear canal, rather than coming out;

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate / bicarbonate of soda ear drops are alkaline, while ear wax is acidic. Therefore they work by chemically dissolving ear wax rather than softening it, and work much quicker than olive oil. They can be used for a day or two by most people without any problem.

  • Pros: also cheap; tolerable for a day or two; quick
  • Cons: wax can sometimes dissolve and slide further down the ear canal, rather than coming out; extended use can strip the protective lining of the ear canal and lead to infection

Peroxide-Based

Some ear drops, including proprietary and chemist own-brand, are based on peroxide in some form, often urea peroxide. When compared to sodium bicarbonate drops, peroxide-based drops are similarly effective, but also effervesce.

  • Pros: quick
  • Cons: more expensive than sodium bicarbonate drops; wax can sometimes dissolve and slide further down the ear canal, rather than coming out; contain peroxide (bleach), and some individuals can experience a painful reaction even immediately after one application. For this reason we don’t recommend peroxide-based drops

In general, ear drops can sometimes take weeks to work, and hearing will often get worse before it gets better. There is also the possibility that the wax will slide further down the ear canal, form one large lump, and completely block the ear. Ear drops are not recommended if you have a perforated ear drum.

Ear Sprays

Ear sprays can be water-based or oil-based. They usually incorporate a conical nozzle that is placed into the entrance of the ear canal and the spray is then applied.

Water-Based

Water-based ear wax removal sprays can be effective if the amount of wax blockage isn’t too great. They are often simple saline, or may be sterilised sea water.

  • Pros: gentle; salt water based; well tolerated
  • Cons: may push wax further into the ear by the force of water; water may get trapped behind wax and create a “head under water” feeling

Oil-Based

Oil-based ear wax removal sprays, such as Earol, are great for softening wax prior to other procedures, and are very effective at penetrating wax due to their small droplet size.

  • Pros: cheap; safe; penetrate wax better than drops; reach further into the ear because of spray; great preventative measure when used once a week
  • Cons: may not remove wax on their own

Ear Syringing / Ear Irrigation

Ear irrigation is normally performed by a GP practice nurse, a disrict nurse, and by some Audiologists. Traditionally, a meal ear syringe was loaded with warm water, the metal tip placed into the ear canal. The water was then squirted into the ear canal and a kidney dish was held under the ear to catch the water and and wax that was flushed out. The syringe would have to be regularly lubricated to allow a smooth level of pressure to be applied, and the nurse would use his or her judgement as to how forcefully to syringe the water. Syringing can’t shift hard wax, so it must be softened for up to two weeks before syringing is performed.

Nowadays, for safety reasons the metal ear syringe has been replaced by an ear irrigator pump with a jet tip. The pump has a variable, regulated pressure, but the process is essentially the same. Many people have had their ears syringed or irrigated many times without any issue arising. Here are the pros and cons of ear syringing:

  • Pros: usually free on the NHS; when it works it works well
  • Cons: cannot remove hard wax; can push wax further into the ear if the angle of the jet is slightly off; may cause tinnitus; may perforate the eardrum; an undiagnosed perforated ear drum may not be seen due to the amount of wax, causing water, bacteria, wax and dead skin cells to be flushed past the eardrum into the middle ear, potentially causing a painful infection; not recommended following ear surgery; should not be performed when the ear drum has previously been perforated due to the risk of re-perforation

Due to the long list of potential complications listed above, many surgeries are withdrawing their ear syringing service, and are referring all patients to the NHS ENT clinic, which may have a long waiting list.

Dry Instrument Removal

Dry instrument ear wax removal is normally performed by an ENT surgeon or an Audiologist. The pratitioner uses a selection of different shaped instruments called Jobson Horne probes or curettes. These are like miniature spoons and loops that are used to hook or scoop the wax from the ear canal. It is normally perfomed under illumination. There is a great choice for the practitioner of metal, or plastic disposable curettes, and some of them even have their own light built in. The practitioner will usually apply some Earol to loosen the wax from the ear canal wall before performing the procedure. The tip of the curette is normally pushed past the wax and the drawn back out, bringing the wax with it.

  • Pros: quiet – so great for those who don’t like noise; quick – often the wax can be removed in one or two big lumps
  • Cons: small possibility of pushing the wax deeper into the ear; hard wax may be uncomfortable to remove

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal

Microsuction is by far the most effective method of earwax removal. Tradionally only performed in ENT clinics due to the size and weight of the equipment, it can now be performed by appropriately trained individuals in smaller clinics due to portable suction pumps and operating microscopes that are now available. (more…)

Methods Of Ear Wax Removal

microsuction canula tips copyright 2016 ear wax removal network and Jason Levy

There are numerous methods of ear wax removal. Some can be performed at home, while others must be performed by a professional. Here we have outlined the different methods and the pros and cons of each one:

Ear Drops

Ear drops can be bought from the chemist over the counter and are the cheapest method of wax removal. Ear drops are commonly marketed as a cheap way of removing earwax at home. For an ordinary member of the public, the choice of different branded and unbranded products can be overwhelming. Here are some of the different types:

Olive oil

Olive oil ear drops are the gentlest type. The olive oil softens the edges and outer surface of the wax and is well-tolerated by most people. Some more expensive versions have added menthol to produce a cooling sensation, or eucalyptus to give a pleasant smell.

  • Pros: cheap; gentle; generally well-tolerated; can be used for extended periods
  • Cons: can take a long time to work on its own; can make the ear feel bunged up,;added ingredients may not be so well-tolerated

Other Oil Blends

Some proprietary brands contain blends of light oils that soften ear wax.

  • Pros: gentle; possibly faster acting than olive oil
  • Cons: more expensive than olive oil; wax can sometimes dissolve and slide further down the ear canal, rather than coming out;

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate / bicarbonate of soda ear drops are alkaline, while ear wax is acidic. Therefore they work by chemically dissolving ear wax rather than softening it, and work much quicker than olive oil. They can be used for a day or two by most people without any problem.

  • Pros: also cheap; tolerable for a day or two; quick
  • Cons: wax can sometimes dissolve and slide further down the ear canal, rather than coming out; extended use can strip the protective lining of the ear canal and lead to infection

Peroxide-Based

Some ear drops, including proprietary and chemist own-brand, are based on peroxide in some form, often urea peroxide. When compared to sodium bicarbonate drops, peroxide-based drops are similarly effective, but also effervesce.

  • Pros: quick
  • Cons: more expensive than sodium bicarbonate drops; wax can sometimes dissolve and slide further down the ear canal, rather than coming out; contain peroxide (bleach), and some individuals can experience a painful reaction even immediately after one application. For this reason we don’t recommend peroxide-based drops

In general, ear drops can sometimes take weeks to work, and hearing will often get worse before it gets better. There is also the possibility that the wax will slide further down the ear canal, form one large lump, and completely block the ear. Ear drops are not recommended if you have a perforated ear drum.

Ear Sprays

Ear sprays can be water-based or oil-based. They usually incorporate a conical nozzle that is placed into the entrance of the ear canal and the spray is then applied.

Water-Based

Water-based ear wax removal sprays can be effective if the amount of wax blockage isn’t too great. They are often simple saline, or may be sterilised sea water.

  • Pros: gentle; salt water based; well tolerated
  • Cons: may push wax further into the ear by the force of water; water may get trapped behind wax and create a “head under water” feeling

Oil-Based

Oil-based ear wax removal sprays, such as Earol, are great for softening wax prior to other procedures, and are very effective at penetrating wax due to their small droplet size.

  • Pros: cheap; safe; penetrate wax better than drops; reach further into the ear because of spray; great preventative measure when used once a week
  • Cons: may not remove wax on their own

Ear Syringing / Ear Irrigation

Ear irrigation is normally performed by a GP practice nurse, a disrict nurse, and by some Audiologists. Traditionally, a meal ear syringe was loaded with warm water, the metal tip placed into the ear canal. The water was then squirted into the ear canal and a kidney dish was held under the ear to catch the water and and wax that was flushed out. The syringe would have to be regularly lubricated to allow a smooth level of pressure to be applied, and the nurse would use his or her judgement as to how forcefully to syringe the water. Syringing can’t shift hard wax, so it must be softened for up to two weeks before syringing is performed. Nowadays, for safety reasons the metal ear syringe has been replaced by an ear irrigator pump with a jet tip. The pump has a variable, regulated pressure, but the process is essentially the same. Many people have had their ears syringed or irrigated many times without any issue arising. Here are the pros and cons of ear syringing:

  • Pros: usually free on the NHS; when it works it works well
  • Cons: cannot remove hard wax; can push wax further into the ear if the angle of the jet is slightly off; may cause tinnitus; may perforate the eardrum; an undiagnosed perforated ear drum may not be seen due to the amount of wax, causing water, bacteria, wax and dead skin cells to be flushed past the eardrum into the middle ear, potentially causing a painful infection; not recommended following ear surgery; should not be performed when the ear drum has previously been perforated due to the risk of re-perforation

Due to the long list of potential complications listed above, many surgeries are withdrawing their ear syringing service, and are referring all patients to the NHS ENT clinic, which may have a long waiting list.

Dry Instrument Removal

Dry instrument ear wax removal is normally performed by an ENT surgeon or an Audiologist. The pratitioner uses a selection of different shaped instruments called Jobson Horne probes or curettes. These are like miniature spoons and loops that are used to hook or scoop the wax from the ear canal. It is normally perfomed under illumination. There is a great choice for the practitioner of metal, or plastic disposable curettes, and some of them even have their own light built in. The practitioner will usually apply some Earol to loosen the wax from the ear canal wall before performing the procedure. The tip of the curette is normally pushed past the wax and the drawn back out, bringing the wax with it.

  • Pros: quiet – so great for those who don’t like noise; quick – often the wax can be removed in one or two big lumps
  • Cons: small possibility of pushing the wax deeper into the ear; hard wax may be uncomfortable to remove

Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal

Microsuction is by far the most effective method of earwax removal. Tradionally only performed in ENT clinics due to the size and weight of the equipment, it can now be performed by appropriately trained individuals in smaller clinics due to portable suction pumps and operating microscopes that are now available. (more…)