Ear Wax Removal

We do not perform ear wax removal at the surgery

  • A clinician can only look into the ear canal and confirm that a plug of earwax has formed


Your ears are designed to naturally remove wax

  • Some people are more prone to a hard build-up of wax that makes it more difficult.
  • A plug of earwax is not a serious problem, more a nuisance. 
  • You only need to remove earwax if it is causing symptoms such as: hearing loss, discomfort, ringing (tinnitus), dizziness/vertigo and dulled hearing.



When to see a clinician

  • If your symptoms have lasted for more than 4 days.
  • If your ear is badly blocked and you cannot hear anything (you can get an infection if it has not cleared).
  • If you have severe pain, discharge or itching.
  • If you are very concerned/worried.

Following your examination a referral maybe considered. Please note all routine referrals ie microsuction go via the pathway outlined on Referrals. The clinical assessment team do not usually allow us to refer a patient unless they have tried one month of treatment first. Once the referral is accepted, then there is a long waiting list to be at an Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, usually around 6 months.


Local private providers

You can also pay to be seen privately to avoid waiting. Here are a few suggested, but not endorsed, treatment centres: