Ear wax isn’t something that most of us spend much time thinking about, but we all have it. Knowing what your ear wax is and why it’s there is important, as is understanding how a build-up of too much ear wax can be the cause of some pretty serious problems.
What is ear wax?
Ear wax is a natural secretion which keeps the ear canal lubricated and protects it from dust, dirt, and bacteria. It’s composed primarily of skin cells, dust, and oil secretions. This doesn’t sound too appealing, but actually ear wax plays a very important role in keeping the ear free of infection.
What happens if ear wax builds up?
Most of the time, ear wax shouldn’t cause any problems. The ear is self-cleaning, and so long as your ear wax is not building up it does not need any attention. However, ear wax can build up sometimes. This is more likely when the ear is dry, or in people with particularly narrow ear canals – so waxy ears can run in the family. Wax can sometimes also start to accumulate if it’s been pushed too far down the canal by things like earbuds or hearing aids.
A build up of ear wax can cause hearing loss, pain, and discomfort, and in some people suffering with tinnitus it can even make the symptoms of tinnitus worse. Ear wax blockages are actually quite common, affecting around 6% of the population and accounting for many GP appointments made concerning ear pain. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of your ear wax and, if it is causing problems, consider whether ear wax removal may be necessary.
Why you should consider ear wax removal
Ear wax removal is an effective and safe way to clear out waxy build-up and ear wax blockages. There are a number of methods of ear cleaning, including syringing, which is also called irrigation, ear drops, and microsuction.
Ear microsuction is a modern technique for removing ear wax and debris from inside the ear canal using a very small microscope and a suction probe. This allows the physician to look inside the ear and deliver targeted, low pressure suction to the affected areas.
While microsuction is only offered by specialists, compared to traditional syringing, ear microsuction is a safer, faster, and more comfortable method of cleaning out the ear canal which offers better, faster results.
How much does ear wax removal cost?
If you’re considering ear wax removal in London, visi our specialist Ear Wax Removal Clinic, where we offer ear microsuction appointments for just £75.00. A single ear microsuction appointment will provide comprehensive and thorough ear canal cleaning and provide relief from the pain, discomfort, and annoyance of an ear wax blockage. For more information about our ear microsuction services, get in touch with us today.