Ears feeling full, hearing a little worse, ringing in your ears? It might be wax.
At Alistair Kinsey Hearing Mobility we are able to offer Earwax removal in Devon and earwax removal in Cornwall in a timely manner to suit your busy life style.
No need to wait weeks for an appointment with your local surgery, slots are available Monday to Saturday. Most appointments can be made within 24-48hrs. Hearing aid users there is no requirement to pre oil your ears no more mess or added hearing impairment.
*Please note there is a £25 fee for home visits
Ears blocked with wax can cause hearing loss, discomfort and tinnitus.
There are 3 approved ways to remove earwax, syringing (water irrigation), micro suction and manual removal.
Syringing or water irrigation is the most regularly used method; warm water is pumped around the ear canal to release and remove the earwax blockage.
Microsuction – where a special suction device is used to remove the earwax under a microscope. The procedure is quick, safe and painless, and it doesn’t involve putting liquid into your ear.
Aural toilet – where an instrument called a Jobson Horne probe is used. A Jobson Horne probe is a thin metal instrument with a small ring at one end that the specialist can use to remove earwax from your ear canal.
Please make us aware of any of the below:
- Previous complications with wax removal
- History of middle ear infection
- Any ear surgery
- Perforated ear drum
- Cleft palate
- Ear infection
- Radiotherapy on the head or neck area
Appointments can be made at your convenience, you will be shown any earwax that is removed and if requested an image of your ear can be seen at the Tavistock centre. Hearing aid users there is no requirement to pre oil your ears before the appointment. This will be of great benefit as you will no longer have to endure the mess, discomfort or run the risk of damaging your hearing system.
In general your ears should look after themselves, there is a natural process of self-cleaning that healthy ears are constantly doing. However due to a number of reasons when an earwax blockage occurs it is recommended that it is removed using one of the approved methods. Here are some of the common reasons that ears block up with wax,
Dry skin due to eczema or psoriasis will build up in the canal being stuck together with the earwax, almost as a glue.
Working in a dusty environment, the excessive amount of dust will stick to the earwax in the ear and build up over time.
A significant amount of people will suffer from a one sided blockage, this has been related to the side that an individual sleeps on.
Cotton bud user, cleaning your own ears generally causes more problems. There is a risk of scratching the ear canal leading to possible infection. The action of using cotton buds to remove ear wax from the ear acts almost as a ramrod pushing wax further down the canal to create more of an issue.
Best bit of advice I can give is don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! It’s an old one but still rings true.
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