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.
HOW TO TREAT EAR WAX BUILD UP YOURSELF
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 e-Referral Service. 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:
- Clinics & Services
- Test Results
- Blood Taking Services
- Cryotherapy & Verrucas
- e-Referral Service
- Electronic Prescription Service
- Flu Vaccination
- Pregnancy or Antenatal
- Private Fees
- Summary Care Record
- Travel Vaccination
- Urgent Walk-In Wound Care Services
- Unplanned / Termination of Pregnancy
- Ear Wax Removal
- Palliative Care
- Sexual Health
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
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