Our ear wax removal specialist, Michelle Redmond has over 25 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and will be holding her regular clinics here.

Her expertise ensures a safe and comfortable experience, leaving you with nothing but clean, unobstructed ears!

Michelle started her professional ear wax removal service in 2018 to help people who were housebound and over time this service has grown. Michelle uses the latest technology in ear care to advise and remove wax.

Treatment Options

Microsuction: This involves an ear check and wax removal using the latest and up to date micro-suction equipment, studies have shown that patients prefer this method and find it more comfortable.

Water Irrigation: This method includes an ear check and wax removal using the latest technology in ear irrigation, a gentle procedure with pulses of warm water from a controlled machine. Some patients find this method comfortable and some even enjoy it.  Water irrigation cannot be performed in certain circumstances which will be discussed at your appointment.

Choosing between micro-suction or water irrigation can be discussed on booking or at the appointment. Sometimes a combination of both is used, some patients prefer one method over another.

A camera view of your ear canal/ear drum are available and can be shared with your GP if required.

For more information about our ear wax removal service please ask a member of staff or contact us 01787 310090

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Ear Wax Removal Service

1. What is ear wax and why does it need to be removed?

Ear wax, or cerumen, is a natural substance produced by the glands in our ear canal. It plays a vital role in protecting the ear by trapping dust, debris, and bacteria, preventing them from reaching the sensitive parts of the ear.

Ears are normally self-cleaning. The movement of your jaw whilst eating and talking helps move wax along the canal where it will usually fall out naturally without noticing.

However, an excess build-up of ear wax can lead to various issues, such as hearing loss and discomfort or if a healthcare professional requires a clear view of your ear drum which necessitate professional ear wax removal.

2. Why is my ear blocked with wax?

The amount of ear wax produced varies from person to person. Some people produce excessive amounts which can lead to a blockage in the ear canal.

Dry skin can be a factor as skin falls off in our ears as it does on our bodies and this may cause a blockage.

You are more likely to develop a blockage of wax if you

  • Use cotton buds
  • Wear hearing aids, ear plugs or in-ear speakers
  • Have narrow or hairy ear canals
  • Are elderly - the wax you produce is drier and harder
  • Have a dry skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis

3. Is ear wax removal a painful procedure?

No, ear wax removal is typically not painful when performed correctly by a trained professional. Most methods used for ear wax removal are non-invasive and aim to dislodge or extract the wax without causing discomfort.

4. What methods are used for ear wax removal?

There are various safe methods for ear wax removal, including:

  • Micro suction: Employing gentle suction to remove the ear wax.
  • Irrigation: Using a gentle procedure with pulses of water from a controlled machine.

The choice of method will depend on the nature and severity of the ear wax build-up, as well as the patient's medical history. A combination of both may be used.

5. Can I attempt ear wax removal at home?

Attempting to remove ear wax at home with objects like cotton buds can be dangerous and may lead to injury or worsen the blockage. A healthcare professional is trained to safely perform ear wax removal procedures.

6. How long does an ear wax removal appointment take?

The duration of an ear wax removal appointment can vary depending on the method used and the extent of the ear wax build-up. In most cases, the procedure is quick and can be completed within 30 to 45 minutes.

7. Are there any risks associated with ear wax removal?

Complications of ear wax removal are uncommon; however possible complications, side-effects and material risks inherent in the procedure include but are not limited to; incomplete removal of ear wax requiring a return visit (for severely impacted wax), minor bleeding, discomfort, ringing in the ear.

8. What can I do to manage or prevent a blockage?

Olive Oil Drops

Insert 2-3 drops of oil twice daily, lie on your side and fill with oil, stay laying for 10mins to allow the oil to soak into the wax.

Then lay on your other side and repeat.

Afterwards wipe away any excess oil but do not plug with cotton wool as this absorbs the oil.

Your hearing problems may initially worsen from using Olive Oil this is normal as the wax may swell.

In some cases, after 5days the wax will have softened sufficiently to encourage the wax to come out. However, if your hearing is still impaired, please make an appointment for further advice.