How to tell if you have excessive earwax

The main symptoms of an earwax problem are dizziness, ear ache, coughing, a ringing noise in your ear, the feeling that your ear is blocked, or an awareness that you have hearing loss.

Cotton wool buds are not the answer

Many people believe they can remove earwax from their ear canal using cotton wool buds. However, this is not true as the ear canal is narrower than the width of the bud. This means they only serve to aggravate the problem, by pushing wax further down the canal. What’s more, cotton buds can damage the skin inside your ear, especially in the bony portion of the canal, as it’s easy to cause an abrasion.

A safe and simple resolution

At Sevenoaks Hearing, we use state-of-the-art equipment for the removal of earwax, including irrigation and microsuction. So if you think you may be suffering from earwax build up, book your earwax removal today and we can discuss safe removal and alleviate your symptoms.

Once the procedure is complete, your hearing can be amplified by as much as 20db.

Irrigation

Irrigation uses a small nozzle to insert water into your ear and flush out any excess wax. Unlike the old method of syringing, we carefully control the flow of water during irrigation so we can remove your excess wax without discomfort.

The procedure typically lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. But we usually ask that you use sodium bicarbonate eardrops for a few days beforehand to soften the wax.

Microsuction

As the name suggests, microsuction employs a tiny suction tube to gently remove excess wax from your ear canal. We also use a microscope to target locations where wax has built up.

Because we have a better view of your ear, microsuction is faster than irrigation, typically lasting just a few minutes. It is generally considered free from discomfort and like irrigation we usually ask that you use sodium bicarbonate eardrops beforehand.

As we don’t use water, microsuction is also safe if you have a perforated eardrum.

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