After the launch of our ear wax removal service at start of this year, it has been incredible to see how much demand there has been. Excessive ear wax is much more common than you would imagine, with microsuction relieving the symptoms and improving the quality of life for many! In this Blog, we will run through what ear wax is, the process of ear wax removal by microsuction and how you can book into our clinic in Lanarkshire.
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Ear wax is essential as it keeps the ear canal lubricated and acts as a defence mechanism against debris and bacteria helping fight infection. For most people, it does not cause any problems and removes itself naturally. However, an excess of ear wax can result in hearing difficulties and discomfort.
Factors that can lead to excessive ear wax build up include:
Symptoms of accumulation of ear wax include:
There are a variety of methods for ear wax removal. In recent years, microsuction has proved the most popular among patients and has become the ‘gold standard’ for ear wax removal.
When compared to traditional forms of ear wax removal, microsuction is the favoured technique for ear wax removal due to it being:
Prior to the procedure, it is important that you soften the ear wax by putting 2-3 drops of olive oil or sodium bicarbonate ear drops into the ears, twice daily for 3-5 days prior to your appointment. This ensures the wax is soft and provides the best results following the microsuction procedure.
During the procedure, a comprehensive medical history will be taken and microscopic equipment will be used to examine the inner ear canals and ear drums. A specialist pharmacist from Cleland Pharmacy will use a low pressure suction device to gently extract the ear wax from your ear canal. Using Award Winning Technology from Tympa Health Technologies, the process is painless, non-invasive and takes only a few minutes.
Following the procedure, no further action is required and you can resume all normal activity immediately.
Excellent ear health is vital for your overall wellbeing with deterioration in ear health and a build up for excessive ear wax leading to hearing loss, increased risk of infection and social isolation.
Our Expert clinicians at Cleland Pharmacy have summarised 4 top tips to maintain good ear health: