Ear Irrigation Clinic
Please make an appointment with Mrs Jenny Marr, RN Dip He, Independent Nurse Practitioner.
Contact us via telephone (01939 768095) or email.
Ear wax is known as cerumen. It is normal and designed to trap things like dirt or dust and acts to protect the lining of the ear. The colour and consistency and amount of ear wax produced by individuals can vary widely. Wax may be dry and flaky, crumbly, honey coloured or dark brown and very hard.
A build up of ear wax can cause symptoms such as impaired hearing, dizziness, and even ear pain. When some people experience problems, ear irrigation is one way of removing excessive amounts of earwax.
Impacted ear wax may cause conductive hearing loss of up to 40-50 decibels. If wax is in contact with the tympanic membrane it may cause discomfort, and occasionally, vertigo. Infection may sometimes occur as a result of wax impaction, usually due to patient interference.
Ear irrigation involves the use of a pulsating jet of warm water to remove impacted wax. The procedure should not be painful.
Some problems are:
- Narrow ear canals
- Cleaning attempts, such as cotton buds, matchsticks, etc.
- Hearing aid moulds.
- Habit, some believe it is necessary to prevent hearing loss.
- Age, dry wax or more hairy ears.
Ear irrigation is not suitable for everyone and is not recommended on a regular or routine basis. Doctors will not recommend ear irrigation for people with certain medical conditions and those who have had eardrum tube surgery. They may also have concerns about a person carrying out ear irrigation at home.
Please note it is the clinician's decision whether you will have your ear(s) irrigated or not. This is based on sound medical knowledge and experience. It is important to remember that the ear is very delicate and must be treated with respect and care.
Ear Wax Removal
By appointment only.
Consultation (includes olive oil drops) £27
Total price £52 for one or both ears.