Looking for ear wax removal in Swords?
Micro-suction Ear Wax Removal
We offer instant micro-suction earwax removal. Microsuction is probably one of the safest methods of ear cleaning, there are no liquids involved, therefore there is no mess and little fuss. It can usually be done the day we see you with no preparation, however, occasionally, it might need two sessions depending on the hardness of the ear wax.
How Does Micro-suction Work?
Using a fine medical grade suction device and a set of microscope loupes, we gently suck the ear wax out of the ear canal. The process is usually quick, but it depends on the hardness of the wax. The softer the wax is, the faster the process. While many say that oil does not need to be used before the process, it is my experience that it helps the process go faster and be more comfortable.
Is Micro-suction Ear Wax Removal Safe?
In fact, there are a few medical studies related to the process, and in general, ear wax removal by micro-suction is judged a safe procedure, however, as with any medical procedure, there are things that may go wrong. The risks are as follows:
- Damage to or infection of the skin of the ear canal or the eardrum
- The procedure is noisy and may cause a temporary shift in your hearing thresholds
- The procedure may start or aggravate any existing tinnitus
- The procedure may cause temporary dizziness or discomfort
At Better Hearing, we are very careful during the process and we do not use the suction device near to the eardrum. The rest of the risks are temporary issues, if they happen at all, they will pass over a couple of days.
Private Ear Syringing
Ear syringing is an outdated method of earwax removal. We offer micro-suction as a replacement for ear syringing. It is far safer and more comfortable.
Irrigation Ear Wax Removal
We also provide another method of ear wax removal by irrigation. The process is undertaken using an irrigation machine which controls the pressure of the water entering your ear canal. This makes it very safe and an ideal replacement for syringing.
What is ear wax?
Ear wax is a natural mix of secretions and dead skin found in the ear. It is not a bad thing, it helps to protect the ear against dust, dirt and bacteria. Ear wax (Cerumen to be official!) is made up of skin cells, dust and oily secretions from the sebaceous and ceruminous glands in the ear canal. The secretions lubricate the ear canal and prevent it from becoming too dry. Your ear wax is probably not the same as someone else's! Ear wax makes up changes from person to person based on diet, age and race.
What can cause earwax buildup?
Some people just suffer from regularly blocked ears. It can be simply that the over produce ear wax naturally. Causes of earwax buildup can be
- Overproduction of ear wax
- Narrow ear canals
- Hairy ear canals (it's like a jungle in there!)
- Dry earwax, (not much moisture in the secretion as you get older)
- Swimmers ear, bony growths in the ear canal can block the progress of ear wax
- A tight or hard ear canal bend
- Using cotton buds in your ear (nothing smaller than your elbow in your ear)
- Wearing hearing aids (sometimes can cause ear wax build up)
- Wearing in-ear headphones (same as above)
Symptoms of ear wax build up
Here are all the symptoms of hearing loss:
- Earache, as it builds up it can press against the ear canal causing pain, yes ear wax can cause pain!
- Hearing loss, it can deliver to you the gift of hearing loss, especially if you have just gone swimming or had a shower
- Itchiness in the ear (can be caused by other things though like dry skin)
- Dizziness, a spinning sensation without the use of GIn (lovely Gin)
- Tinnitus, surprisingly enough it can give you a sense of buzzing or ringing in the affected ear
What can you do about ear wax build up?
If earwax isn't causing you problems, just leave it alone. The ear is self-cleaning and once the process is not interrupted the wax should just drop out. Sometimes though, probably because you have been fiddling with it, ear wax may build up in the canal. Normally once the build-up starts, it will just continue unless it is washed or sucked out. Eventually, the ear wax plug will grow to fill the ear canal.
This is when you start to have problems, usually, the first indication of it for you is when water gets into the ear during swimming or showering. This usually causes the ear wax to swell. This blocks the ear canal and you know about it immediately. If the wax build-up has got to the stage where it is causing deafness, problems with hearing aids, or is uncomfortable, it needs to be removed.
There are several types of ear drops that you can use to loosen and soften ear wax. the drops can include olive oil, almond oil, bicarbonate of soda and hydrogen peroxide. Here is the thing, they might not be suitable for you. If you have had a perforation of your eardrum in the past, ear drops aren't a good idea.
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