Ear wax build-up is one of the most common causes of reduced hearing or pain. Your ears produce wax to help protect your eardrums from dust and debris, but sometimes, there may be a risk of this wax accumulating and causing a blockage in the ear canal.
Although there are some home remedies that can help, in many cases, you will need to have the wax removed by a professional. One of the most popular techniques is microsuction.
So, how exactly is microsuction done, and how much can you expect to have to pay for it?
What are the common causes of ear wax build-up?
Although in many cases, ear wax build-up happens naturally, there are some reasons why it can happen that can be prevented.
- Cotton buds have long been seen as a bad idea for cleaning out the ears. This is because the tip can push the ear wax deeper into the ear and heighten the risk of blockage. This can make the situation worse and cause pain and discomfort.
- Earbuds may also increase the chances of your ears becoming blocked with ear wax, especially if you wear them often. These can stop the ear wax from escaping the ear as it should, thereby potentially causing the wax to build up inside. Keeping your ears regularly cleaned can help to prevent such build-up.
- Although it might be tempting if you have an itch inside your ear, you shouldn’t put any objects inside the ear that are not designed to be put there. As with cotton buds and earbuds, this will push the wax inside and cause a blockage.
- For people with a hearing impairment, hearing aids are a vital part of communication. Unfortunately, though, they can also sometimes contribute to wax build-up, as they are worn for long periods. Again, regular cleaning can help reduce this risk.
If you find that your ears are blocked, we would urge you to seek professional advice and find a clinic that performs microsuction in Canary Wharf or wherever you are based.
How can you tell if you need ear wax removal?
If you suffer from any problems with your ears, it is always advised that you seek the help of a medical professional such as your doctor. There are some signs you can look out for that may be caused by wax build-up in the ear, these include:
- Mild pain in the ear
- Ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus)
- A feeling that your ear is clogged or blocked
- Reduced hearing in one or both ears
As you can see, these symptoms are quite generic, so it is always best to seek a professional opinion before beginning any treatment.
When you see your doctor about the problems with your ears, they will examine them and see what the cause might be. If they discover that you have a blocked ear from wax build-up, they may suggest home remedies first before thinking about the professional removal of ear wax.
Some home remedies may include olive oil drops that soften the wax and help with its removal. You might be asked to do this before wax removal is started, to help ensure the wax does not stick to the ear canal.
What is microsuction ear wax removal?
Microsuction is a gentle and pain-free way to remove ear wax. It is performed by trained and qualified technicians who use a small probe to remove the wax by suction.
One of the benefits of microsuction is that the technician can see inside the ear while the procedure is being performed. This ensures a complete removal and a safe procedure.
The procedure is also quick, only taking between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. This means if you have a busy schedule, you should be able to easily fit it in during a lunch break without any problem.
How much will it cost me to benefit from microsuction ear wax removal?
There are many clinics that perform microsuction ear wax removal; however, it is always a good idea to get quotes from a few clinics before choosing the right one for you.
Whatever clinic you ultimately decide on, the staff there need to be professionally trained and qualified to do the procedure, and able to do so in a clean and safe environment.
It is also a good idea to seek the advice of others who have used the clinic, and to look at reviews of their services.
Prices for microsuction ear wax removal can vary from clinic to clinic – but as an example, here at the Welling Ear Wax Removal Clinic, it costs £40 for one ear and £60 for both ears.
Make sure you get the help and advice of professionals
If you have a problem with your ears or hearing, it’s a good idea to seek a professional medical diagnosis. They will then be able to refer you to a microsuction ear wax removal clinic near you.
Alternatively, you can simply get in touch with our own ear wax removal clinic directly! You can turn up at our clinic without a prior appointment, and when you do, we will be able to carry out an otoscopic examination first, to enable us to determine the need for ear wax removal before going ahead with the procedure.
It’s easy to contact us via phone or email – or just feel free to visit us in person at Falconwood Pharmacy in Welling whenever we are open, as is the case six days a week.