The cost of this service at the LAC is £40 for one ear and £70 for both
A Home Visit service is offered for those who cannot travel to our clinic and incurs an additional call out charge of £50
What is ear wax?
Ear wax is simply a natural mix of oil, fats, sweat and dead skin found in the ear canal. It isn’t really a bad thing because it helps to protect your eardrum and ear canal ear against dust, dirt and bacteria. The secretions lubricate the ear canal and prevent the skin from becoming too dry. What’s really interesting though is that contents of ear wax changes from person to person based on diet, age and race.
What can cause earwax buildup?
Unfortunately, some people just suffer from regularly blocked ears. It can be simply that the over produce ear wax naturally or perhaps they have very narrow or small ear canals. The causes of earwax buildup can be
- Overproduction of ear wax
- Narrow ear canals
- Hairy ear canals
- Dry earwax, (not much moisture in the secretion as you get older)
- Bony growths in the ear canal can block the progress of ear wax
- An awkward ear canal bend
- Using cotton buds in your ear
- Wearing hearing aids (pushes the wax back in)
- Wearing in-ear headphones (same as above)
Symptoms of an ear wax build up
Sometimes you notice a sudden loss of hearing, not always, but it is one symptom that does show up regularly. Here are some of the symptoms of hearing loss:
- Earache, as it builds up it can press against the ear canal causing pain
- Hearing loss, especially after swimming or a shower
- Itchiness in the ear (can be caused by other things though like dry skin)
- Dizziness, ear wax blockage can cause some dizziness sometimes
- Tinnitus, it can give you a sense of buzzing or ringing in the affected ear
What can you do about ear wax build up?
Generally, you should do nothing about ear wax unless it is causing you a problem. The ear is self-cleaning and once the process is not interrupted, the wax should just drop out. Sometimes though, ear wax may build up in the ear 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 and it is only then that you will really be aware of it.
Usually, the first indication you have a problem is when water gets into the ear during swimming or showering. Water causes the ear wax to swell and it blocks the ear canal. 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.
Should I Use Ear Drops?
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. However, 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 for you.
If you are suddenly struggling to hear, it could simply be a blocked ear or two! Have them professionally cleared by qualified audiologists at our appointment-only clinic in central Leeds