We have now started up our non-NHS microsuction service for patients. Please phone reception to book an appointment for this service. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this service to our own patients due to regulations on charging our own patient group. The cost for the service is £40 for one year and £60 for 2 ears- payment can be taken by cash/cheque or card.
If you cancel your appointment within 2 hours or do not attend, you will be charged in full.
Microsuction is one of the safest methods to clean the ear. A suction device is used to clean the ear without the use of water. The gentle suction device works in a similar way to a vacuum cleaner and although it can be quite noisy, it is generally quick. The microsuction system can be quite noisy in the ear. If the wax being removed is hard, then removal can be slightly uncomfortable. The clinician performing the procedure will always advise you let them know if you feel uncomfortable.
You will also be asked to complete a consent form prior to the procedure. A copy can be found here that you may wish to read ahead of your appointment.
Please note the following:
- We require a small deposit to secure an appointment and prevent missed appointments
- Please DO NOT use Otex ear drops as this can make the procedure more difficult.
- It is vital that you order olive oil drops and use these on a regular basis for at least a week to ensure the wax is softened. You can buy from a local chemist or from amazon here. See below for an image of what to purchase to soften wax.
Please use the following olive oil drops if possible as the application is easier and it softens the wax very well. These can be bought in the chemist attached to the surgery
How can I look after my ears?
Do not use cotton buds, scratch or poke your ears. The ear canal naturally cleans itself and when you fiddle with the ears you are more likely to cause them problems such as a build-up of wax or an ear infection.
To clean the outside of the ear use a dry tissue or alcohol-free baby wipes around and behind the ear after showering or bathing.
Make sure you never use cotton buds, tissues or material to soak up any moisture in your ears. Let them dry naturally.
If your ears feel itchy or you have suffered from an ear infection avoid getting water, soap or shampoo into the ear canal when having a bath or shower. Place a piece of cotton wool about the size of a 50p coin, coated with white soft paraffin (which you can buy at a pharmacy), at the entrance of both ear canals. Do not push the cotton wool down into the ear canal as it may be difficult to remove.
To keep your ears dry when swimming, you may consider wearing a tight-fitting swimming hat over your ears. Headbands are also available to protect the ears from water. This will also help to keep cotton wool or earplugs in place.
If you suffer from frequent ear infections it may be helpful to visit an audiologist (a specialist ear and hearing problems) and have an impression taken of your outer ear for swimming plugs. The plugs create a seal against water entry.
If you wear a hearing aid, wash the mould daily in warm soapy water while you are having treatment. Discuss with your hearing aid provider the benefit of the mould being vented (having a hole in the mould to allow air into the ear canal when wearing the aid) or having a hypo-allergenic mould, which contains material less likely to cause a reaction with the skin.
If you suffer from itchy or dry skin in your ear canals speak to your local pharmacist or a healthcare professional about treatments available.
Do not to use over-the-counter products if there is a chance that your eardrum may be perforated (have a hole in it).