What is ear wax?
Ear wax has an important role to play as a natural secretion which acts as a lubricant to protect our ears from dust, dirt and bacteria. Wax or cerumen as it is also known derives from the glands in our ear canal.
These secretions will prevent our ears from becoming too dry, the composition of ear wax depends on factors such as age, diet and environment.
Sometimes a build up of wax in our ears can cause problems and make you feel uncomfortable. If this is the case, it may mean the wax will need removing. Wax build up can make tinnitus symptoms more bothersome.
If you have some excess ear wax but it is not causing any problems, then it is best to leave alone. Our ears are self cleaning and therefore the wax will clear naturally. The outside of our ears can be cleaned with a flannel. Please do not use ear buds to clean your ear as this can push wax further into the ear canal and cause a build up. The cotton on the buds can also cause irritation to your ears and strip them of their natural oils causing itchiness.
Ear wax can expand when water enters the ears through swimming or showering. This may give a sensation of a blockage which increases the perception of tinnitus.
If you are experiencing any kind of persistent painful discomfort you may need treatment. Our team will detect any problems that you may have and will discuss this with you. If you are in the Torridge area such as Torrington, Bideford or South Mouton we can help.
Our Ear Wax Centre in Torrington offers treatment in the form of Micro-suction to remove ear wax build up. It is the NHS recommended choice of treatment, and we are happy to help you with any concerns or questions you may have.
Any pain, discomfort or discharge from your ears will indicate a problem that should be seen by a doctor. Please do not attempt to self treat at home, as you could exacerbate the problem further, or even damage your ears.
Any mild wax build up that is not causing problems can be treated with Earol. You should always read the instructions carefully, as not all are suitable for everyone, especially with eczema or psoriasis suffers. If in any doubt call us for advice.
For those of us who naturally produce too much wax you may consider using olive oil drops to soften any build up. Just using a couple of drops once a week may help prevent a wax build up.
This is a very controversial subject and is not a treatment experienced audiologists will recommend. In fact there is no good evidence that this treatment is successful, but there is evidence that it has caused damage to some people’s ears using this treatment.
Although Hopi ear candling claims to be effective, audiologists continue to remain concerned that it will not help the majority of people with tinnitus.
What are the clinical methods to remove ear wax?
Most of us will have heard of ear syringing which is one of the most common ways to remove ear wax build up. However you should be aware that this procedure cannot be done if you suffer from dizziness or have had any kind of ear surgery. It should also not be done should you have a perforation of the ear.
We only use the Microsuction technique as the traditional water irrigation method can be dangerous even at low water pressure levels.
Never try to remove wax yourself with an instrument or device.
We recommend a treatment called Micro-suction which is a painless, easy and safe option for wax removal. During this treatment the technician uses loops which can easily see in your ear canal. The small probe gently sucks out the ear wax. It may feel a little tickle but this is normal.
If at any time you feel uncomfortable or uneasy during any of the ear wax treatments, please tell the technician immediately and he will stop immediately.
The Devon ear clinic, offer ear wax removal using Microsuction and Irrigation. This is the gold standard. We are fully trained in this procedure.
Book your ear wax removal at our Torrington clinic which covers Appledore, Yelland, Abbotsham, Hartland, Fremington, Westward Ho! and lots more.
Ear wax removal using Microsuction
We only use a very quiet hospital safe machine for all our ear wax removal.
Appointments in our Bideford ear clinic now available every Tuesday and Wednesday. Home appointments please call for availability.
We only use the
CA-MI New Hospivac 400
RECOMMENDED BY THE NHS FOR AURAL MICROSUCTION