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Earwax, medically known as cerumen, plays a crucial role in protecting our ears from dust, debris, and infections. However, when earwax builds up excessively, it can lead to discomfort, hearing difficulties, and even ear infections. Understanding the most effective methods of earwax removal is essential for maintaining ear health and clear hearing.

Earwax is produced by the body to lubricate and protect the ear canal. Normally, it slowly moves towards the ear opening, where it dries up and falls out naturally.

However, certain factors can disrupt this process, leading to the accumulation of earwax:

Overproduction: Some individuals naturally produce more earwax than others.

Blockage: Using cotton swabs or other objects to clean the ears can push earwax deeper into the ear canal, causing blockages.

Ear Canal Shape: The shape of the ear canal can sometimes make it difficult for earwax to exit naturally.

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Signs of excessive earwax: includes (but not limited to) earache or discomfort, decreased hearing, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), feeling of fullness in the ear, itching or drainage from the ear.

At DoctorNow, we offer a range of safe and effective ear wax removal options. On examination of your ears during your appointment, our clinician will be able to determine the best solution for you involving one or more of the following techniques:

  • Microsuction – this involves the clinician looking in your ear with a microscope which magnifies the ear. This makes it easier to assess and clean the ear using a suction device that does not require water.
  • Irrigation – this involves the clinician flushing the ear with a gentle flow of warm water using specialist medical equipment.
  • Instrumentation – this involves the clinician using a specialist medical instrument called a Jobson–Horne probe, which can be used to remove a collection of earwax or other obstruction that is located by the opening of the ear canal.

Maintaining proper ear hygiene is essential for preserving ear health and preventing complications associated with earwax buildup. By understanding the causes of earwax accumulation and knowing how to safely remove it, individuals can enjoy clearer hearing and a reduced risk of ear-related problems.

To book an appointment for earwax removal, call us on 01494 410 888.