Ear Wax Removal

We offer an ear wax removal service in our clinic for those finding they may have blockages. You will have an ear check-up as the first step and then booked in for treatment should you need it.

We use a system of ear irrigation to gently remove any blockages.

Ear Wax Removal FAQs

Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, is a brown, orange, red, yellowish or gray waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and other mammals. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and provides protection against bacteria, fungi, and water.

As long as the ears are functioning properly, people should not be trying to remove ear wax, and should leave it alone. 

For some people, a once-a-year visit to the ear care clinic is often sufficient but for many, having ear wax removed every six months may be recommended. If your ears are naturally prone to produce excessive wax then a quarterly appointment is likely to be needed.

There have been cases where the earwax is improperly removed with cotton sticks or hair pins or pens, which can then cause damage to the ear canal or even rupture the eardrum. Your health care provider can remove excess wax by using a small, curved tool called a curet or by using suction techniques safely.

Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of medical grade olive or almond oil in your ear 3 to 4 times a day.

Symptoms of earwax build-up

  • hearing loss.
  • earache or a feeling that your ears are blocked.
  • ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • vertigo (feeling dizzy and sick)

Symptoms of earwax build-up

  • hearing loss.
  • earache or a feeling that your ears are blocked.
  • ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • vertigo (feeling dizzy and sick)

Ear irrigation is a painless procedure. A controlled flow of warm water will be squirted into your ear canal to flush out the earwax.