THE FACTS The natural product produced in the ears is known to most people as wax. Its function is to protect, lubricate and clean the ears. It can be dry and flaky, firm or very soft and sticky. Wax is continually being produced and migrates outwards. The ear is normally self-cleaning but sometimes this process becomes impaired and a build-up occurs. You may then experience any of the following:
- A blocked feeling in the ears
- Sticky ear
- Pain and/or discomfort (ear ache)
- Tinnitus – a ringing in the ears
- A temporary reduced ability to hear
- If you wear hearing aids, they may become blocked or whistle
Excessive ear wax can be the cause of discomfort in the ear. Cotton buds should not be used as a method of wax removal as it is more likely to compact the wax further.
If you are experiencing any of the above or have concerns about your hearing, then either contact your nearest Hearing Healthcare Centre or GP Surgery for further advice.
We provide a professional and prompt alternative service for ear wax removal at Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare.
Should you decide to visit your local surgery, the GP or Practice Nurse will advise you on wax removal. Although the service is free, it may take many weeks to arrange an appointment. We are aware that some GP surgeries are no longer carrying out this procedure.
At Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare, all ear wax extraction procedures are carried out according to best practice recommended by all associated bodies.
The removal of ear wax is a completely safe procedure.
Syringing of the ears no longer takes place. It has been replaced with the modern irrigation system which is electronically controlled.
Our ear wax removal Bedford service is provided by a Clinical Ear Care Specialist, so you have peace of mind that you are being treated by an expert.
Ear Wax Removal Treatments
We perform 3 types of ear wax removal.
1. Micro Suction
3. Jobsons Horn
Micro Suction An instant and effective ear wax extraction treatment.
This is a safe, gentle and very effective method of wax removal and in the majority of cases, provides instant relief and restores full hearing immediately. Using a high level magnification microscope to view the ear canal, a micro suction tube is slowly inserted into the ear and the wax is removed. This method is usually the best way of removing ear wax.
Unless you have a perforated eardrum, it is preferable to insert a few drops of olive oil into the ear canal for a period of 2 to 3 days prior to your appointment, which will make it easier to remove the wax and unblock ears.
Irrigation This method uses water at body temperature to gently flush the wax from the ear canal. Water is fed into the ear canal at a controlled pressure and temperature to gently remove the wax. The ear is then dried, known as dry mopping.
Jobsons Horn When suitable, this method is used to pick the ear wax out and sort out any bunged up ears, again viewed through a high level magnification microscope.
Prices for Bedford ear wax removal are as follows: –
£45.00 for one ear and £75.00 for both ears
In rare cases where the wax cannot be removed in one complete session, a follow-up appointment will be required.
For advice or to arrange an appointment call 01234 348144.
Bedfordshire Hearing Healthcare is an independent practice, providing impartial advice and the very latest, cutting edge technology, improving people’s lives through enhanced hearing and confidence.