Ear Wax Removal

If a build-up of earwax is the cause of your hearing problems, we can perform safe extraction through micro-suction to get them clear again.

Micro-Suction Ear Wax Removal

Our micro-suction ear wax removal costs £59, with any follow up appointments costing £25. If there is no wax, you are only charged £30.

Ear wax removal isn’t as straightforward as just sucking gloop out of your ears!

It takes precision, time and a little bit of patience. Ear-wax build-up isn’t fun and can cause hearing loss, balance problems, tinnitus, and discomfort for some. At Cardiff Hearing, we can help remove your excess ear wax and bring your hearing back to a healthy level.

Why not get in touch or book an appointment today?

What We Need From You

There are a few things we need you to do before we perform the procedure.

When we do remove your wax, we want to ensure that we can remove as much as possible, if not all your ear wax at your appointment. To get the best out of your appointment, your ear wax needs to be nice and soft. 

We will ask you to marinade your ear wax before attending, as well requiring you to complete a consent form prior to arrival which we will send via email.  “Marinade my ear wax?” we hear you say! To learn more about how marinating your ear wax properly can ensure successful removal, check out the link below. Alternatively, in short, apply medical grade olive oil drops to your ears for approximately 5 days before the appointment to soften the ear wax.

At a micro-suction earwax removal consultation, we will firstly look in your ears using a special torch called an otoscope. We will advise if there is any wax to remove in the first place. As sometimes a variety of problems can make you feel like your ears are blocked with wax when there isn’t any wax there.

Note that if there is no wax to remove, we will charge a £30 consultation fee.

If there is wax present, we will advise if the wax is soft enough for wax removal. Also, we can tell you if there is an ear infection rather than wax. If that is the case, we will suck as much wax as safely possible. We will then refer you to either an NHS or private GP to obtain suitable treatment for any infection that you have.

If your earwax is soft enough and there isn’t anything we are worried about in the ear canal or around the eardrum we will commence the procedure of micro-suction earwax removal.

We will put on some special binocular microscopes (also used by ENT surgeons) so we have a very clear view of the ear canal and eardrum and good depth of vision.

We will perform something called micro-suction ear wax removal, this is the safest form of wax removal. Rather than using water (like ear syringing) in this procedure, we are simply using air to suck the wax out of the ear. We will use a sterile suction tube connected to a medical hoover. Sometimes we may need to utilise some manual tools to help us remove the wax.

Microsuction is suitable for all kinds of ears, including those that have undergone surgery. We can typically remove it on the first visit but sometimes the ear wax can get particularly hard or stuck to the ear canal. If this happens, we will need to ask you to go away to use drops to soften the ear wax. When you have been using the drops for a while we will ask you to come back in for removal. Then when you come back in we will see if it is safe to start the micro-suction ear wax removal. If your wax is soft enough when you come back and there is nothing else bothering your ear we will start the ear wax removal procedure.

If a follow-up appointment is required, it will cost you £25.

Microsuction ear wax removal is accepted as the safest and most effective method of ear wax removal. Without any liquids or chemicals being put into your precious ears, such as in-ear syringing, there is a lot less mess and the procedure is safer. Your audiologist or registered nurse will use a head-worn microscope to have a clear view of the ear canal at all times during the removal process.

As Clinical Audiologists and nurses trained to the highest level, we are very well versed in the anatomy of your ear canals and eardrums. If there are any signs of pathology that we have concerns about, even if it’s something as basic as an ear infection, we will either (depending on the circumstance) write directly to your GP requesting a referral to ENT or we will provide you with the full information and ask you to book an appointment with your GP for treatment and/or medical opinion.

It is important that earwax removal is performed by appropriately trained professionals so that nothing is missed when it comes to your aural health. We highlight this because we are very aware that there are people advertising earwax removal services who are not from an appropriate clinical background of education and that is because ear-wax removal is unregulated. We know it’s madness but it’s unfortunately true.