You can prevent infection, improve your hearing and generally feel healthier with a professional ear cleaning. We can also assess your overall ear health and recommend any tips or maintenance practices to help you avoid impactions in the future.
A qualified Audiologist is available for hearing care appointments at the times below. Pricing changes depending on whether the appointment is an office hours service (09:00-17:30) or an out-of-hours service (17:30-21:00, weekdays and 14:30-17:30, weekends); the location of the appointment (in-clinic, remote or home visit); and the number of ears requiring treatment (one or two).
It is possible for us to treat just one ear or both ears
This will be charged if there is no wax present following an examination OR; the wax is deemed to be too impacted to be removed, by the Audiologist.
This is the additional cost of making a booking for an appointment to be completed within the following 24 hours OR; The additional cost of making a booking for treatment in one ear only and, upon examination by the Audiologist at the appointment, treatment in both ears is reccomended for best results.
Appointments are available outside of usual office hours at these times:
Monday - Thursday 17:30 - 21:00;
Saturday & Sunday 14:00 - 17:30
Out-of-hours appointments are charged at different rates which are available to see at the Booking Screen.
*If no wax is present, you will be given a hearing screening and/or ear care advice. **If you're not sure both ears are blocked, choose one ear and we will check for you and if both are blocked we will clear both, time permitting and just charge the upgrade fee (the upgrade fee will not be charged on out of hours appointments)
Please give plenty of notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment (including home visits in and out of London) to receive a full deposit refund.
Please note 75% of the deposit is returned if at least 48 hours notice is given for rescheduling and cancelling an appointment, 50% is returned if at least 24 hours notice is given for rescheduling and cancelling an appointment and 0% is returned if less than 12 hours is given for rescheduling and cancelling an appointment with notice.
Ear wax is a natural build up dead cells, hair, foreign material such as dust, and cerumen. Normally ear wax causes no or minimal symptoms but occasionally it can cause symptoms such as dulled hearing, earache or vertigo. Microsuction is carried out on all people but is the preferred option for people who should not have water or drops in their ears, especially if they have:
Unlike some other ear microsuction clinics, our services are only performed by an experienced Audiologist. However, our professionals have a range of skills from a wide range of health and social care backgrounds which we can use to support a healthy lifestyle. Our team profiles can be viewed here.
This varies between people. Some develop a lot of wax in their ear canals, with subsequent blockage (as often as every 3-6 months). Microsuction can be carried out as often as is necessary as the process does not directly interfere with the structures of the middle ear. In patients with hearing aids, it is recommended to clear the ear canal every 4-6 months if there is a proneness to wax build-up impairing the function of a hearing aid.
This is not essential although the prior usage of olive oil, almond oil or sodium bicarbonate drops, to soften wax, can make the procedure faster and more comfortable. We can also use olive olive spray or sodium bicarbonate drops during the procedure to soften any hard wax if necessary.
If ear microsuction is performed by an experienced clinician, the procedure is unlikely to be painful. The main issue that patients notice is the sound of the suction probe, which is reasonably quick to become accustomed to. We use extra fine tips for suction of wax very close to the drum, in order to avoid excessive exposure to suction noise. If you suffer with infection of the outer ear canal then the infection itself could be uncomfortable and so microsuction of the infected ear canal can be painful. However, microsuction of infected debris and wax from the external ear canal is the most effective treatment for external ear infection (otitis externa), along with antibiotic drop useage if the cause is bacterial. You can help reduce some of the discomfort by taking your preferred painkiller an hour prior to attending your appointment.
Ear microsuction is the safest and the most effective procedure for examination and treatment of the ear when performed by experienced and well-trained clinicians.
In most cases, it takes up to 15 minutes to perform microsuction on both ears. It is very important to keep as still as you can during the procedure. The ear canal is very small, and it is in very close proximity to the eardrum. Even small movements can take the ear canal image out of focus and prolong the appointment duration.
Ear wax is a natural lubricant and antibacterial material produced by sebaceous glands within the ear canal. To read more about ear wax, its causes and treatment options, please go to the NHS website.
Ear microsuction is perfectly suited and highly recommended for patients who have had ear surgery in the past such as mastoidectomy, repair of the eardrum, grommet insertion, stapedectomy and refashioning of the ear canal.
Yes. Ear microsuction is the safest method of cleaning ears with perforated eardrums. Patients who have perforated ear drums must not have their ears irrigated with water or syringed.
Yes, you can fly after having ear microsuction (unless advised not to fly due to other medical reasons).
Yes! We accept Aviva, Axa and Vitality Health Insurance.
Unfortunately insurers rarely cover ear microsuction. So most patients make payment directly to the clinic. We can provide you with an invoice which you can present to your insurer if they allow you to claim back any treatment payments.
We also offer audiological (hearing) consultations for other ear-related problems such as tinnitus and hyperacusis. We can perform audiometry and are also able to refer patients for further investigations to the GP or Cochlear Implant Centers.
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