in General February 23, 2019
We partnered with Castle Hearing in 2017 to provide hearing care, including many types of hearing aids and wax removal by microsuction. Our Audiologist Michael can provide microsuction in the comfort of our practices in Kilmarnock, Troon and Prestwick.
Here's a little information on wax removal -
Cerumen (ear wax) is a natural secretion produced by glands near the entrance of the ear canal. As well as preventing the skin in the canal from drying out, it helps keep our ears healthy by protecting them from dust and bacteria.
In theory, our ears are self cleaning. Skin grows from the centre of the eardrum, slowly moving wax and other debris towards the opening of the ear canal where it eventually falls out. However, sometimes the wax can build up to the extent that it becomes blocked, potentially resulting in itching, pain, dizziness, tinnitus and hearing loss.
If you think you may have a problem with ear wax, it's not a good idea to try physically removing it yourself, especially using a cotton bud: it's highly likely that you'll push the wax deeper in to your ear or even damage your ear drum. In some cases, the problem can be solved at home, simply by using something to soften the wax - almond or olive oil from a pharmacy, for example - thus allowing the ear to deal with the blockage naturally. If this is ineffective, you should consult a professional to have the wax removed.
Microsuction uses an illuminated microscope and a medical suction device to remove the wax straight from the ear canal, and is widely accepted as the safest and most comfortable method.
Clients usually prefer this for several reasons:
- since no liquids are used, it involves no mess.
- The practitioner is able to see exactly what's happening in the ear canal, helping make this the safest method of removing wax.
- It is generally more comfortable than syringing.
- It doesn't usually require the use of oil beforehand, so can be carried out as a 'walk in' procedure.
- Being a safer and gentler process than syringing, it can be repeated more often, making it ideal for people who suffer regularly from excessive wax.
- It can be performed safely on patients for whom syringing is not an option: those with perforated eardrums or who have a history of ear surgery.
Our Audiologist Michael can perform a free examination and offer professional, impartial advice on the health of your ears. If appropriate, we can remove excessive ear wax at the cost of £40 for one ear and £60 for two. We can normally accommodate a wax removal appointment within a few days and generally takes between 10-30 minutes. So no need to disrupt your schedule and you can even enjoy a coffee with us before or after your appointment!