Ear Wax Removal
HAB Hearing provide an ear wax removal service at our state of the art clinic in Silsden, close to Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley. Our service helps those who have excessive wax in their ears causing a blockage, resulting in a hearing loss or unpleasant feeling. We deal with blocked ears professionally, efficiently, and FAST! Often same day / next day if we have space in the diary!
We particularly specialise in the microsuction technique of removing ear blockages. In some cases ear irrigation or dry removal is more appropriate, we use these methods where needed. We do not perform ear syringing, the three methods we do use are more effective and safer.
Micro suction is generally accepted to be the safest, most effective method with no need to soften with oil for a week or more. We do suggest applying olive oil for 2-3 days but it is not always needed. The procedure can usually be performed on the day and typically takes a few minutes for each ear.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Wax removal is classified as an ‘essential service’ and we can offer the service to most clients (not all) as long as we follow a screening process (just click the ‘Book an Appointment’ button – it works 24/7).
We will ask you some triage questions before proceeding if it is sensible to do so. You can also contact us directly if you need an urgent appointment or need to speak to us.
We have had to put in place extra measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our clients as well as our staff, click here.
Also, because of the extra measures (including heightened PPE) involved in protecting you and us we have had no option but to increase our prices to reflect this. The cost for the service is £49 for one ear and £69 for both.
Appointment times are now spaced further apart with extra time to allow for a thorough clean down in between clients. We operate a ‘one in-one out’ policy to minimise risk. Our prices allow for a return visit if required to complete the task.
With each wax removal we are able to take a ‘before’ and ‘after’ image of your ear canal via video otoscopy if required and can email you a copy if you want that.
We can also check your hearing levels to confirm you are hearing well (or not) – we have expert audiologists on site with many years of experience of addressing hearing loss.
Your safety and well being is paramount and the procedure should always be comfortable and pain free.
We only employ fully qualified, insured and registered experienced ear care professionals. Our three qualified professionals have a combined background in NHS and private health and audiology of over 75 years! Meet our ear wax removal practitioners;
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Ear wax forms naturally via secretions from glands near the entrance of the ear canal. Ear wax when produced is drawn outwards like a very slow conveyor belt via the skins natural migration process (epithelial migration).
Typically it dries as it reaches the entrance of the ear canal and then drops or flakes out of the ear, often without you noticing. Wearing hearing aids or noise plugs, narrow or hairy ear canals, your diet and environmental factors can all exacerbate problematic build up of wax in the ear canal.
Having an ongoing issue with excessive wax in the ear canal is just the luck of the draw – some people never have any issues all their lives and for others it is an ongoing problem.
Microsuction is undertaken using a microscope and a medical suction device, hence the term microsuction. A very thin wand type fitting is attached to the end of a suction tube which allows us to gently remove the earwax from the ear canal, like a mini vacuum cleaner.
Usually micro suction does not need pre-treatment with oil or drops – no mess!
We examine your ear using a binaural microsope (either fixed or with loupes glasses) and, using the fine low pressure suction device, safely remove the blockage. Also, using a video otoscope we show you the condition of the ear before and after the treatment.
It is a safe and comfortable process and it is usually undertaken as a same day service.
Ear irrigation replaces the old fashioned technique of ear syringing and is safer.
We use an electronic ear irrigation machine that contains a water storage reservoir unit and a hand-held nozzle which gently pumps water into the ear canal at a controlled and steady rate.
The water breaks down and dislodges the ear wax build-up, it then flushes the ear wax out of the canal and it is captured in a flask called a noots tank.
With ear irrigation you may need to apply Earol (clinically treated olive oil) for a couple of days before the treatment if the wax needs to be softened.
N.B. Earol can be purchased directly from our clinic in Silsden, via our website on the link above, or possibly via your local chemists.
Not really. Oil is historically recommended to soften wax for ear syringing / irrigation. It is generally not required prior to microsuction. A small percentage of people need to be sent away to use drops to soften impacted (very hard) wax that cannot be pulled out with forceps. (dry removal)
Nothing is really recommended for ears generally, they tend to look after themselves. For dry, itchy ears you can use products like Eargene or Miracell (ask your local pharmacy).
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. It can be traumatic particularly if done too regularly.
With a procedure like microsuction we just vacuum the wax out, it’s very safe, convenient and quick without the risk of trauma associated with syringing. Therefore microsuction can be carried out as often as is necessary.
Also known as an ear cone, an ear candle is a thin, hollow tube of linen or muslin cloth, soaked in paraffin or beeswax and tapered at one end. Some are scented with herbs, honey, or aromatherapy oils.
The basic claim is that the heat from the flame melts and loosens the ear wax and creates negative pressure that ‘sucks’ the wax into the candle. This is referred to as the ‘chimney effect’.
At best hopi ear candles could be described as ineffective – at worst dangerous. Hot wax from the ear candle dripping into the ear canal, not a particularly good idea!
The American Academy of Otolarynology states that ear candles are not a safe option for removing ear wax and that no controlled studies or scientific evidence support their use for ear wax removal. The Food and Drug Administration has successfully taken several regulatory actions against the sale and distribution of ear candles since 1996, including seizing ear candle products and ordering injunctions!
Generally a home visit service is not something we offer. We do have some portable equipment to facilitate a home visit, but the safest, quickest and most comprehensive wax removal service we can offer is based at our very well equipped clinic in Silsden. We have state of the art equipment, plenty of on site parking, easy access for those less mobile, and frankly it costs less!
To arrange a home visit takes lots of extra time in set up, sterilisation procedures, travelling costs etc and in a home environment setting it’s just more difficult for us to do the job as well as we would like. If it is impossible for you to attend our clinic please get in touch to discuss….
We absolutely do not recommend the use of cotton buds in the pursuit orf ear wax removal, they really are not a good idea….
Ear wax migrates out of your ear canal, like a very slow conveyor belt, at about the rate your finger nail grows – very slowly! If you put a cotton bud down your ear canal you may pick a little wax our near the entarnce of the ear canal if you are lucky, however you are far more likely to push the rest of the wax further down and impact it. You also run the very real risk of tearing the skin in the ear canal or rupturing your ear drum. Everything is quite delicate down there and no match for a cotton bud. Don’t do it!
Some people just produce more ear wax than others. Some need ear wax removal every 3-6 months, some annually and some occasionally. We talk to customers in their 80’s who are having ear wax removed for the first time.
So apart from being one of those people that product lots of ear wax are there any other defining reasons?
Wearing things in your ears regularly like hearing aids, noise protection and ear phones can cause issues.
If you have lots of hair in your ears then the earwax can get stuck and tangled in the hair.
Narrow ear canals or ear canals that have a very sharp bend in it can cause an issue.
If you keep putting your finger in your ear and wiggling it to scratch it this can push the wax back in.
Have we said cotton buds? Cotton buds are not a good idea!
Working environments that have lots of dust or require headsets.
The vast majority of GP surgeries still use the ear wax syringing technique. The main drawback of ear wax removal by syringing the ears is that the ear wax has to be super soft for it to be a relatively safe practice.
If the ear wax is hard and the force of water is directed in the wrong way it may push the impacted ear wax towards the ear drum and cause some pain and even potentially serious damage if the ear drum is perforated.
Therefore, to reduce the potential risk of earwax removal by syringing the surgery will ask that you soften your earwax with oil, generally for a week or so. This, along with the wait to see the practice nurse in the first place along with getting an appointment for the procedure booked in, can lead to quite an extended time period before you can expect relief.
Good question. Ear wax removal by microsuction is a bit of a fine art. Although very safe (it is the safest form of ear wax removal) it is more time consuming than ear syringing. Removing ear wax by ear syringe can take seconds whereas removing ear wax using microsuction can take up to 30 mins for both ears. Obviously time is very precious for your local surgery and GP surgeries are under a lot of pressure these days.
Ear wax removal by microsution also requires a safe environment with plenty of space and expensive specialist equipment. Not all GP surgeries will have this space to carry out the procedure safely. With us, no need to wait two weeks for relief and no need to apply oil for days and days trying to soften the wax.
Ear wax removal by microsuction is not painful if done correctly and in the correct environment and appropriate equipment, not forgetting to mention the skilled practitioner. You as a patient have a role to play too. You need to keep still and relax. Most people will comment that microsuction tickles as it excites the little hairs in your ears.
Ear wax removal by microsuction does not use a force or jet of water down the ear canal There should be no risk of pushing ear wax down the ear canal as opposed to syringing or irrigation.
Ear wax removal by microsuction involves vacuuming ear wax from the ear canal with a suction probe. There is no force of water being directed down the ear canal.
The main dangers with ear irrigation and ear syringing is the water forcing the wax down your ear drum at speed and rupturing your ear drum. The ear drum is only 0.1 mm thick. It’s so precious and great care should be taken with it.
Other issues with ear syringing and ear wax irrigation include not observing the correct water temperature. If the water is too cold, it can create dizziness and nausea. The temperature needs to be around body temperature – 37 degrees.
If you have a perforated ear drum which is masked by ear wax and send water rushing down your ear canal at speed it does not end well! With ear wax removal using microsuction the risk is removed because no water is sent down the ear canal.
Ear syringing and ear irrigation can also in some instances cause otitis externa, more commonly known as an outer ear infection.
Our base is in West Yorkshire and East Lancashire and parts of North Yorkshire are easily accessible. We have ample parking.
If you REALLY need that wax blockage clearing quickly, efficiently, and safely with state of the art equipment in suitable premises it’s not too far to get here!
Recent feedback from happy customers!
“Such an amazing experience. My ears have been blocked in the past and the nurse at my local GP surgery had done an ok job. But the service I got at HAB was different class. Before the appointment I was pretty much deaf one ear. The wax they got out was huge and satisfying disgusting! I can now hear in full HD! Thank you.” – Peter
“Booking was quick and efficient. Preparation video gave me confidence that all safety aspects of the procedure would be covered. The treatment was painless and thorough. Many thanks.” – Frances
“Brilliant service. Been struggling with a blocked ear since Lockdown started and what a relief to have in removed and in a pleasant and very professional way. Thank you.” – John
“My husband attended HAB clinic with severe hearing loss due to build up of wax in both ears and was extremely delighted with the service and the professionalism of Paul the consultant who dealt with him both in his regards to the Covid19 situation and the patience to ensure a satisfactory outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend HAB to anyone.” – Linda