At Bexhill Hearing Centre our focus goes far beyond hearing devices. We have a holistic approach to the whole of your hearing healthcare needs.
This includes cerumen management – better known as ear wax removal. Excessive ear wax can cause pain, tinnitus, infection and hearing loss. When left for prolonged periods severe pressure can can even result in dizziness and vertigo.
Traditionally, a GP will refer you to a nurse who will carry out a syringing treatment. This involves a powerful jet of water that should loosen the wax and backwash it out.
However Ear Care professionals will always recommend microsuction and so do we.
Above all else due to it being the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable method of removing ear wax. We have treated clients with over 20 years of wax build up following many unsuccessful trips to the GP surgery. The relief on their faces post treatment is always a pleasure to see.
Frequently Asked Questions:
My NHS clinic has told me that is not good for the ear to have it syringed on a regular basis. Is the same true for micro suction?
The eardrum is a very sensitive and delicate structure and to syringe an ear successfully the water and some of the wax has to hit the eardrum. With micro suction we just latch onto the wax and pull it out or if it is very soft it just gets sucked up the suction probe. Therefore micro suction can be carried out as often as is necessary.
What softening agent do you recommend?
For the purposes of microsuction we would only recommend a clinically treated oil. This lubricates the canal and softens the wax just enough to get hold of it with the suction probe. Some other more aggressive treatments make it harder to remove and may inflame the ear canal.
Where do you conduct the removals?
We conduct wax removal at our centre in Bexhill or in your home within the East Sussex and Kent area.
Who will be performing my treatment?
The wax removal will be carried out by a fully qualified and registered audiologists with a minimum of two years experience. They are additionally trained by the Ear Wax Removal Clinic or other recognised bodies so to meet our high standards of safety and professionalism. You can search their names on the Health and Care Professions Council website here under Hearing Aid Dispenser.
Previously, before having my ears syringed , the nurse asked me to treat my ears with drops of oil for at least a week. Is this still the case with micro suction?
Patients have reported to us that it is quite normal with syringing to have to pre-treat the ears for up to six weeks. Micro suction is quickest and easiest when the ear has been treated for one or two days before but usually doesn’t require any oil at all.