About ear wax removal
It is estimated, 3% of the population requires wax removal intervention by a specially trained practitioner.
The gold standard in ear wax removal is a procedure via micro suction. A fine suction probe is carefully inserted into the ear canal while being viewed closely through a microscope. Wax is removed carefully by the suction probe. This the most effective procedure to remove wax from the ear canal. It is a painless procedure and is usually carried out within a short appointment time of 15/20 minutes.
Sometimes, depending on the amount and consistency of the wax and your own comfort, it may not be possible to remove all of the wax in one attempt. If this situation occurs the Audiologist will stop the procedure and you will be advised to continue to use a wax softener for a specified number of days and return to have the remainder removed.
Before your appointment, you will be required to use ear oil drops to soften the wax to ensure effective removal from the ear canal. If you do not use ear oil drops the Audiologist may need to rebook the appointment for another day.
All Ear Care Cymru Professionals practicing at HMT Sancta Maria Hospital have undertaken expert training and qualifications in wax removal, they will use best-practice procedures to minimise any risk of harm. There will be a formal consent process followed prior to the procedure taking place.
Booking an Appointment
If you are under an ENT Consultant this will be arranged for you by the ENT Secretary. If you have been referred by a Private GP at HMT Sancta Maria this will be arranged for you by one of the audiology team following receiving a referral. If you would like to self-refer please contact the hospital directly on 01792 479 040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All wax removal appointments are self-pay only, via HMT Sancta Maria Hospital as currently there are no insurers that recognise wax removal services. All of the cost below will be payable prior to appointment.