How often you should have ear wax professionally removed depends on a number of factors. These factors include:
- How your ears function
- The amount of wax they naturally produce
- Your age
- Genetic factors
- The environment you live and work in
- And even the weather
What is the usual frequency recommended for ear wax removal?
For some people, a once-a-year visit to the ear care clinic is often sufficient but for many, having ear wax removed every six months may be recommended. If your ears are naturally prone to produce excessive wax then a quarterly appointment is likely to be needed.
If you have certain medical conditions then this might affect how often it is recommended you have your ears professionally cleaned.
Your practitioner will agree on a treatment plan with you based on an assessment and may recommend a particular frequency for future ear wax removal procedures.
When should I consider more frequent ear wax removal?
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimates that there are 2.3 million people in the UK who experience sufficient problems with ear wax each year to require intervention.
There are certain circumstances in which you should consider bringing forward your planned routine ear wax removal appointment and some that you might plan to see a professional quite soon after noticing a potential problem.
For people who wear hearing aids, and who are prone to wax build-up affecting the function of the hearing aid, your practitioner might often recommend that you have a wax removal procedure every three months.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it is a good idea to book an appointment to consider ear wax removal:
- Muted or muffled hearing
- Pain in the ear
- A feeling of ‘fullness’ in the ear
- A discharge from your ear or noticing wax coming out of the ear
Also, if you develop feelings of being off-balance it can be a sign of a problem in the ear. This could be caused by a blockage or excess wax. Having your ears cleaned may help and, if not, the professional you see will suggest seeing a GP or specialist separately.
If you have a diagnosis of tinnitus, or notice the symptoms of the condition over a period of time – buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or humming noises for example – you may experience a worsening if your ears are full of wax. A consultation for ear wax removal may be a good idea in this case.
For more information on how often you might consider having an ear wax removal procedure, get in touch with our friendly experienced team.