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Ear wax removal in Canterbury

If you're looking for ear wax removal in Canterbury, look no further. Our trained earwax removal specialists can help with your ear wax blockage. Each earwax removal appointment includes an ear health check to ensure your ears are in the best health.

A woman uses an otoscope to look inside an man's ear
Each earwax removal appointment includes an ear health check

At All Health Matters, we offer two types of earwax removal: Ear Microscution, and Ear Irrigation.

What's the difference between ear irrigation and microsuction?

Ear Irrigation:

  • Ear irrigation involves flushing warm water into the ear canal to soften and dislodge earwax and debris.

  • It typically uses a syringe or a special ear irrigation device to deliver the water.

  • The force of the water helps push out the loosened wax and debris, which is collected in a basin or tray.

  • Ear irrigation is a simple and cost-effective method, but it may not be suitable for individuals with certain ear conditions or a history of ear problems.

Ear Microsuction:

  • Microsuction is a more precise and controlled method of earwax removal.

  • It uses a specialised instrument called a microsuction probe, which is inserted into the ear canal.

  • A healthcare professional uses the probe to suction out the earwax and debris without using water or any liquid.

  • Microsuction is considered safer for individuals with ear problems, hearing aids, or fragile eardrums because it minimises the risk of water-related complications.

In simple terms, the main difference is that ear irrigation uses water to flush out earwax, while microsuction uses a small suction device to directly remove the wax without the need for water.

The choice between the two methods often depends on the individual's specific ear condition and medical history.

Book ear wax removal in Canterbury

At the moment, we can only offer earwax removal to adults aged 18 and over.

Before your appointment, we'll ask you to use eardrops for at least 2 days to soften the wax. This is important to reduce the risk of damage during the appointment.

Earwax removal FAQs

What happens if there's no earwax or you can't remove the wax for some reason?

We have a minimum appointment charge of £35 and will always carry out an ear health check and give you advice about your ears. If you have booked for both ears and the earwax removal doesn't go ahead, we'll only charge you £35. This cost covers the time our wonderful team have spent looking after you and giving you advice.

What happens if I book ear irrigation but it's not suitable so I need microsuction instead (and vice versa)?

Sometimes, because of your ear health or certain conditions, one of the earwax removal methods is considered safer than the other. If we think you should have ear irrigation/ microsuction instead of the service you've booked, we'll often be able to simply provide the other service instead at the same time (they cost the same). However, not all of our earwax removal specialists have had microsuction training so if someone with training isn't available and you need microsuction, we'll offer to book you in on another day. All our specialists can provide ear irrigation.

How often should I have my ears cleaned / earwax removed?

This is very dependent on you and your ears. Most people don't need professional earwax removal at all because ears are usually self-cleaning. However, some people do get a build-up of earwax that needs a helping hand to remove. If you struggle with excess earwax a lot, then pay attention to your symptoms and book earwax removal when you start noticing a full feeling, or when your hearing is becoming affected. Some people find once a year is plenty, whilst others might feel they need more regular earwax removal. We can discuss this with you when you come in for the first time if you're still not sure.

Does earwax removal hurt?

In general, no, earwax removal doesn't hurt. However, it very much depends on your sensitivity and your earwax situation, as well as which method is used and how you respond to it. Earwax removal can sound very loud and you will have either water being flushed inside your ear, or a small suction tube (like a tiny vacuum cleaner) very close to your ear drum. Sometimes the wax can stick to the eardrum, and sometimes the ear canal can get irritated. It's important to soften the earwax before your appointment to help the wax come out as smoothly and gently as possible.




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