Earwax, also called cerumen, is made by the body to protect the ears. The ear wax has both lubricating and antibacterial properties. Most of the time, the old earwax is moved through the ear canal by jaw motions like chewing while the skin in your ear grows from the inside out. When it reaches the outside of the ear, it is usually washed away or falls out naturally.
If you develop a build up of wax, common symptoms are dizziness, hearing loss, tinnitus and a full/blocked sensation.
The different types of EARWAX removal
The most gentle and effective method of wax removal, that is endorsed by ENT consultants is microsuction. Microsuction is quick and painless and performed with a small suction tube. During the process we monitor your ear with surgical loupes that magnify the ear canal allowing a thorough view of the procedure.
Microsuction is a safe and effective procedure for hearing aid users, perforated ear drums and for those who find irrigation/syringing unsuitable or uncomfortable
Another treatment, that is suitable for some people is irrigation or ear syringing and we will use the most appropriate method for your ears.
It’s quite common for ear wax to build-up and it’s different for everyone, but it’s important to monitor your ear wax as it can potentially cause hearing loss if you are not careful.