Removal

We perform around 1000 ear wax removal procedures every year. We are highly experienced in this field, with many of our fellow audiology colleagues coming to us specifically for ear wax removal training and supervision.   

Uniquely, Ear Care Specialists (Nottingham hub clinic) is home to a state-of-the-art high resolution ENT operating microscope. This offers unrivalled otoscopic viewing throughout the microsuction procedure. This is essential for safe ear wax removal.    

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Sometimes wax isn’t discovered upon examination of the ears. In this case, patients often opt to have further hearing assessments within the appointment to better understand their symptoms. A consultation fee of £30 applies in this circumstance.

Wax removal can be undertaken safely on children. We see patients as young as six years old. Importantly, the child will be required to remain still and calm throughout. Adjustments such as sitting on the parents lap often help with this.  

Infrequently, patients might require the application of further softening drops and to return for a second treatment. If this is the case, no further charges will be applied. 

Yes! We use a video otoscope and take before and after images of your ears so you can see the results for yourself.    

Olive oil drops for two or three days can help with hard ear wax removal however it isn’t absolutely necessary for microsuction. We discourage the use of Otex and other chemical wax softeners which can often turn your ear wax to mush, making it far more difficult to remove.

The procedure shouldn’t cause any pain. Mild discomfort can be experienced if the wax is hard. We encourage the use of drops prior to your appointment, although this isn’t always necessary.   

The actual ear wax removal process via microsuction usually takes just a few seconds to minutes. We allow extra time for a thorough consultation, sanitisation and to ensure your comfort throughout. 

We are able to remove foreign bodies such as hearing aid domes and cotton bud tips. We will always start with a thorough examination to ensure it can be safely removed.  

If any otological conditions / symptoms are uncovered during your appointment, you will be advised accordingly. We work with a very experienced private ENT consultant who we can refer you to should you wish.

Patients can also request a written appointment summary of any discussions, actions and test results. This can be useful if seeking out further management.