We are often asked why we have ear wax. It is not as a result of poor hygiene as many people think, but a clever mix of ingredients which have an important role in protecting and cleaning our ears.
In addition to trapping dirt and any creepy crawlies, ear wax lubricates the skin, and provides anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties - ensuring the ear is kept healthy.
Ear wax naturally moves out of our ears. In fact, every time we talk, chew or yawn we are encouraging this process. Whilst many people remain unaffected by ear wax problems, ear wax can be a real issue for some.
So how would you know if you had an ear wax build up if you can’t see it?
The most common symptoms are a blocked sensation, a drop in hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness and discomfort. The best way to clean the ears is to use a warm washcloth when in the shower, and gently clean the outer ear up to the opening of the ear canal only. NEVER use cotton buds as you could damage your ears. They also may compact the ear wax - making it impossible to come out in the usual way. Also, using cotton buds stimulates the ear canal to produce more wax and exacerbate the problem!
If you do suffer from wax build up and would like advice please call 01865 910 202
Microsuction is a method of ear wax removal. Ear wax is removed using a gentle suction and a microscope to view the ear canal and drum. It is the preferred method used by Ear Nose and Throat consultants.
Microsuction is safe, gentle and very effective. It does not require lengthy softening and, in most cases, relief is instant.
It is appropriate for:
Following an initial discussion regarding your health and hearing, we begin by examining your ears using a fibre optic camera. The camera sits just at the entrance of the ear, and enables both you and the audiologist to view your ear canal and ear drum on a large screen.
We will examine both ears, before proceeding with any wax removal required. Following treatment, we will show you your ear canals and drums again, this time without any wax blockage.
How long does the appointment last?
Appointments last approximately 10 - 30 minutes dependent on the treatment needed. Occasionally, an individual may need to return for some follow-up work if there has been an ear infection or some trauma to the ear canal.
Does microsuction hurt?
The procedure is performed slowly and should not cause any discomfort. If a client has any concerns during treatment the procedure is stopped immediately. Microsuction provides instant relief and is usually a revelation!
To book your appointment, please call the practice on 01865 910 202.
Microsuction does not require lengthy softening, although we do advise you to place drops into your ear 24 hours prior to your appointment.
Softening ear wax drops are available at most large food stores as well as Boots and other pharmacies. If you are unsure of the best way to insert ear drops, please read our guide below. Alternatively, please contact the practice if you wish to discuss using drops or if you have any other concerns. For a detailed fact sheet on the types of drops available, please click here.
How to use ear drops:
To book your appointment, call the practice on 01865 910202
Ear Examination and Irrigation Technique
This course has been approved by the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust since 2004 and appears in their Learning Directory as a recommended element for the role of the primary care nurse.
To date, in excess of 400 Nurses have attended.
The course will enable nurses to: