Ear Wax Removal
There are tried and tested methods how to remove ear wax from an ear and there are a number of alternative methods (some good and some bad and some possibly dangerous too).
Excessive ear wax can cause pain, tinnitus, infection and hearing loss through blockage. A one minute otoscopic examination (looking down your ears with a magnifying lens and light) will identify if earwax is causing any of these problems. We can then remove ear wax for you immediately by micro suction ear wax removal
Traditionally, a GP will refer you to a nurse who will carry out a syringing treatment. This involves a jet of warm water that should loosen the wax and backwash it out. The GP/nurse will stipulate that you must put oil into the ears morning and night fora minimum of 2-3 days to soften it first. In some cases it can take a number of visits especially with impacted wax.
Ear Care professionals will always recommend micro suction above all else due to it being the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable method of removing ear wax. Micro suction should always be conducted by a qualified and experienced professional, such as our resident audiologist Dermot Kavanagh.
How Micro Suction Works
Usually micro suction does not need pre-treatment with drops but two days of Earol (clinically treated olive oil) is the best preparation. An audiologist will examine your ear using a binaural microsope (either fixed or with loupes glasses) and, using a fine low pressure suction device, safely remove the blockage. Also, using a video otoscope we will show you the condition of the ear before and after the treatment.
- SAFE - Micro suction is the preferred method of treatment for medical staff and patients alike for guaranteed effective removal of ear wax.
- PAIN FREE - Micro suction is totally comfortable and in most cases the blockage is removed in minutes.
- QUALIFIED - Only carefully selected fully qualified and experienced audiologists with additional training in aural micro suction ear wax removal are used by the Ear Wax Removal Clinic.
How Irrigation Works
Ear irrigation involves using a pressurised flow of water to remove the build-up of ear wax. This is a straightforward procedure where a controlled flow of water, at body temperature is squirted into the ear through a purpose-made machine (an electronic ear irrigator). To ensure that the ear cannot be damaged, the irrigator has a variable pressure control so that irrigation can begin at the lowest pressure. Under the gentle force of the water, the ear wax is softened and dislodged and the wax is carried out of the ear. This is why the term ‘irrigation’ is used, as opposed to ‘syringing’ which is a different and outdated method by which the ear wax was literally ‘syringed’ from the ear using a metal syringe. Whilst irrigating your ear, the audiologist treating you may hold your ear at different angles to ensure the water reaches all of your ear canal. The audiologist will also look inside your ear several times using an otoscope (an instrument used to examine the inside of your ear) to check whether the wax is coming out. Ear irrigation is a painless procedure, but your ear may feel strange as the water is squirted around your ear canal.
When ear irrigation is not recommended
Ear irrigation is not suitable for everyone. If you are unsuitable for ear irrigation, you may want to consider Micro Suction which is also offered in many of our clinics.
Please note that ear irrigation is not appropriate if you have:
- A perforated ear drum, or if you have had a perforation in the last 12 months.
- Previously had problems with irrigation, such as pain in your ear or severe vertigo
- Have a discharge of mucus from your ear or have had an ear infection in the preceding two months
- Have recurring or persistent infections of the ear canal
- You have had any ear surgery (apart from cases of extruded grommets which had come out at least 18 months beforehand) had a middle ear infection (otitis media) in the past six weeks
Fees for Wax removal
€45 total per visit. (may required more than one visit, follow up visit €45)
€65 First visit, no charge for second if required, once scheduled within one week of initial visit.
Micro-Suction to clear out debris following an ear infection €145
This cost covers replacement parts for equipment as disposal of equipment is essential to keep up with infection control protocol.