Earwax is produced naturally as part of our ear’s defence mechanism. Sometimes our ears produce more wax than they can clear on their own, or wax may get trapped due to the shape of the ear canal.
Dr Carling is highly skilled in earwax removal and uses both endoscopic and microscopic microsuction to remove unwanted wax from the ears of both children and adults. Microsuction is the gold standard for earwax removal and is an extremely quick and safe procedure that has none of the risks associated with syringing.
We use the very latest technology for this procedure, enabling Dr Carling to remove wax, debris and keratin from deep in the canal (including retraction pockets and mastoid cavities) and to record video or take stills of the ear canal should surgical or additional medical opinion be required.
“Went there with a blocked ear to have microsuction performed and I can hear so much better now. Thank you so much.”
About your appointment
When you call to book your microsuction appointment, we will ask you some initial questions and discuss the symptoms that you have. We usually recommend the use of olive oil drops for a few days before your appointment to help soften the wax that needs to be removed.
On the day of your appointment Dr Carling will ask you further about your symptoms and may also review your past medical and hearing history. If it is your first visit, you will be asked to sign a consent form prior to treatment commencing. Your appointment itself will usually take between 15-30 minutes, depending on whether you need to have microsuction in either one or both ears.
Our normal charges for earwax removal are £60 for 1 ear and £90 for both ears, based on a single appointment procedure. The majority of patients are treated in a single appointment. In exceptional circumstances more than one appointment may be required.
Did you know?
- The use of cotton buds or using ear plugs when listening to music can both result in earwax being pushed into the ear canal and becoming impacted, which may increase a build up of pressure and make removal of the earwax more difficult
- If there is a lot of hair growing inside the ear canal, this can cause earwax to get trapped, stopping it from migrating out naturally
- If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, you may find that dead skin causes earwax gets trapped in your ear canal. This can be removed using microsuction
- In addition to earwax removal, we can also treat ear infections, remove foreign bodies from your ears and advise on skin conditions that might be affecting your ears and your hearing
All hearing tests are undertaken by Dr Carling in our relaxing and comfortable Kings Hill clinic, using the very latest technologies available.