Ear Wax Removal2020-10-21T12:42:53+01:00
Ear Wax Removal Video

Ear Wax Removal

HAB Hearing provide an ear wax removal service at our audiology clinic in Silsden, within 10 minutes drive of Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley. We are right in the middle of the borders of West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and North Yorkshire, with Colne, Burnley, Otley and Bradford all less than a half hour drive away.

Our wax removal 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 in a very safe, Covid-secure clinic environment – professionally, efficiently, and FAST! Often same day / next day if we have space in the diary!

Ear Wax Removal Treatments

We specialise in microsuction for removing ear blockages and also often use irrigation (commonly referred to as syringing) and dry removal. Depending on what we find on the day we may use any one or a combination of all three methods to ensure a satisfactory result, each procedure has its pros and cons. Other wax removal clinics often only offer one method of wax removal and don’t have the same level of equipment and expertise to efficiently clear the ears. For more detailed info read this.

The cost of treatment is £39 if only one ear is blocked, and £59 if both ears are blocked. If you are experiencing problems but there is no blockage we can help to diagnose other issues such as middle ear dysfunction and point you in the direction of the best route to resolve for a consultation fee of £25.

Home Visits?

We do not offer home visits as we feel (particularly with the prevalence of Covid-19) that risk factors are increased unnecessarily. A home visit simply can’t offer the same high safety level and wide range of treatments that we are able to offer in a clinical environment. We view home visits as less safe and of a lower standard generally.

Booking an Appointment for Ear Wax Removal

Wax removal is classed an ‘essential service’. To be able to offer wax removal we need to be mindful of the threat of Covid-19 and have undertaken extensive measures to minimise risk. We can confidently and safely offer the service to most clients (not all) by following a screening process (click the ‘Book an Appointment’ button to start the process – works 24/7).

First we ask you some triage questions before proceeding to the next step if it is sensible to do so. If you pass triage you will be offered a range of appointment times and dates automatically on our online booking system.

Booking an appointment can be arranged from start to finish completely online and outside office hours (subject to you passing our triage questionnaire) if that is your preference, and you can also contact us directly if you need to speak to us first or prefer to book an appointment by phone.

Preparation For Your Ear Wax Removal Appointment

We suggest that you apply olive oil (or similar) to soften the wax for 2-3 days morning and evening before the appointment date you choose. If oil has been applied in this way the procedure can nearly always be performed on the day, with comfort and instant relief.

If you can’t manage 2-3 days of oil being applied we may still be able to help but you may possibly experience some discomfort during the procedure, as well as increasing the potential for a return visit.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Ear Wax Removal

We have in place robust Covid-secure measures (including heightened PPE) to protect the health and wellbeing of our clients as well as our staff, click here.

Appointment times are spaced to allow enough time to thoroughly clean down in between clients. We ask that as a general rule only the person needing ear wax removal enters the clinic to minimise risk. If an extra person needs to attend please discuss with us first. Our prices allow for a return visit if required to complete the task.

With each wax removal we can where appropriate take a ‘before’ and ‘after’ image of your ear canal via endoscopic video otoscopy, check your hearing levels to confirm you are hearing well (or not) and perform tympanometry to assess middle ear dysfunction…. we have expert audiologists on site with many years of experience addressing hearing loss.

Your safety and well being is paramount and the procedure should be comfortable and pain free.

Our Ear Wax Removal Professionals

We only employ fully qualified, insured and registered experienced ear care professionals. Our four qualified professionals have a combined background in NHS and private health and audiology of nearly 120 years!   Meet our ear wax removal practitioners;

Diane RGN RSCN BSc MSc Nursing Background and Wax Removal Specialist
Helen RHAD BA (Hons)
Helen RHAD BA (Hons)Audiology Background & Wax Removal Specialist
Paul RHAD MSHAAAudiology Background & Wax Removal Specialist
Christine RGN DN Cert.
Christine RGN DN Cert.Nursing Background and Wax Removal Specialist

Click the map above to see where to find us!

Why is there ear wax in my ears?2020-02-02T08:07:40+00:00

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.

What is microsuction and how does it work?2020-07-04T08:50:24+01:00

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.

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.

Micro suction does not necessarily need pre-treatment with oil or drops if the wax in your ear is soft. However we recommend you put drops in your ears regardless for 2-3 days to make it more comfortable and potentially reduce the risk of having to come back for a second visit.

Microsuction is a safe and comfortable process and it is usually undertaken as a same day service.

What is ear irrigation and how does it work?2020-07-04T08:50:45+01:00

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 2-3 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.

Do I need to apply olive oil or anything else before ear wax removal?2020-07-04T08:53:51+01:00

Olive oil has historically been recommended to soften wax for ear syringing / irrigation, typically for 1-2 weeks. On attending our clinic we suggest that 2-3 days morning and evening is enough for most people for us to be able to remove the ear wax comfortably with either microscution, irrigation or dry removal.

A small percentage of people need to be sent away to use drops for longer to soften impacted (very hard) wax that cannot be removed on the day.

N.B. If on inspection we find that the wax in your ear is very hard or clay like in consistency we may suggest you use sodium bicarbonate drops instead. For some these drops are a little harsh / abrasive, so we always recommend starting with olive oil drops in the first instance.

Should I do anything ongoing to maintain my ear health?2020-07-04T08:57:23+01:00

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).

Is it not a good thing to have your ears cleared regularly?2020-07-04T08:58:04+01:00

We would suggest that you visit us to have your ears cleared as often as is required and only when you feel they are blocked, or close to being blocked. Wax in your ears performs a number of useful functions so there is no point in removing it unnecessarily.

Hearing aid wearers can find even low amounts of wax in the ear canal troublesome though and to the detriment of hearing aid performance, and may need the wax removing earlier and more often.

Hopi ear candles – Do you recommend them? Are they dangerous?2020-07-04T08:47:24+01:00

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!


Is a home visit service for wax removal available in addition to a clinic appointment?2020-07-04T08:55:05+01:00

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….

Cotton buds – Are they something you recommend to clean / unblock ears?2020-07-04T08:49:11+01:00

We absolutely do not recommend the use of cotton buds in the pursuit of 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!

Why do I have to keep returning to have my ears unblocked?2020-07-04T08:56:34+01:00

Some people just produce more ear wax than others. Some need ear wax removal every 3-6 months, some annually and some occasionally.

We help customers in their 80’s who are having ear wax removed for the first time and customers in their 20’s who come to see us regular as clockwork a few times a year!

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 angle 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.

Working environments that are very dusty or workplaces that require headsets to be worn all day.

Have we said cotton buds? Cotton buds are not a good idea! Don’t use them!

Why does it take a couple of weeks or longer for my local GP to clear my ears?2020-07-04T08:48:16+01:00

The vast majority of GP surgeries use only irrigation (water) to remove excessive ear wax.

Typically you have to wait for an appointment to see the prctice nurse who can check that you have excessive wax in the ear canal.

Then you will be asked to put oil or similar into your ears for a week, sometimes longer, before you can attend an ear wax removal clinic.

These clinics tend to be on certain days and often get booked up quite quickly.

Because of all these factors it tends to take 2-3 weeks on average at your local GP surgery from start to finish to get you back to clear ears.

In comparison we can typically clear your ears within 2-3 days if you have not been applying oil, and sooner if you have.

Why doesn’t my local GP surgery offer microsuction?2020-06-14T10:50:06+01:00

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 can take more time, and time is a precious commodity at GP surgeries.

Ear wax removal by microsuction also requires a safe environment with plenty of space and expensive specialist equipment.

Not all GP surgeries will have the space to carry out the procedure safely, or the budget to offer microsuction as a service.

Is ear wax removal painful?2020-06-14T10:51:57+01:00

Ear wax removal 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 are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and quick the procedure can be.

Is microsuction safer than syringing or irrigation?2020-06-14T10:58:44+01:00

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 extra risk factor with irrigation (ear syringing) is the low pressure water being sent down the ear canal towards the ear drum. The ear drum is only 0.1 mm thick. It’s very precious and great care should be taken with it.

When we use irrigation we always start slow and build up pressure if necessary to ensure your comfort and safety.

With irrigation we also need to use 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 we send water down your ear canal, even at low speed it is not a good idea! With ear wax removal using microsuction we can safely clear an ear with a perforated ear drum.

So what about safety and procedures?2020-01-26T23:18:26+00:00

We have a page explaining the safety issues we need to cover when removing ear wax and how we go about it. For details click here

Where are we?

Our ear wax removal clinic performing microsuction, ear irrigation and dry removal is based in Silsden and is 10 minutes from Keighley, Ilkley and Skipton.

We are also handily close for ear wax removal to Colne, Burnley, Otley and Bradford, less than half an hour away.

Further afield, we are less than 3/4 of an hour travelling distance by car for ear wax removal services from Harrogate, Leeds and Halifax.

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

“Morning Paul, just a word to say many thanks for the wonderful service I received last week re wax removal. Excellent result and great communications.” – Michael

“Hello, I visited your premises on Thursday and received excellent service from Diane for wax removal. With much appreciation.” – Peter M.

“Very pleased with the service I received from Diane. I would certainly recommend HAB” – Harry H.

“Hi, I had an appointment with you yesterday for wax removal. What can I say, from the minute I walked into HAB Hearing, Covid19 protocol on entrance to the treatment room, payment and Covid19 protocol on departure was 100% professional, friendly etc. I’m wax free of which I have had for some time going through the Dr’s etc etc, and all it took here was 10mins!!!!!!!! Fantastic. Thank you so much, especially to Diane” – Elaine S.

“Mum had both ears syringed and was made to feel totally welcome and at ease. An appointment was offered really quickly. We would definitely recommend Paul and his team. Thank you” – Adele G.

“First class service, confirmation email of booking with reminders. Most impressive premises modern and comfortable” – Terry B.

“Brilliant service, appointment within 48 hours but got a cancellation and the procedure was done the same day, HAB were good enough to call me in offer the cancellation appointment.The in-house Covid19 controls were excellent with all mandatory considerations adhered to, covering GOV / HSE guidelines, and more” – Paul B.