Symptoms of impacted earwax
A hearcare assistant, audiologist or GP will be able to determine whether you have an earwax blockage by
looking in your ears with an instrument called an
otoscope, which magnifies and lights up the inner
ear. Where available in our stores, we will use a video
otoscope, so you can see the wax for yourself.
Once they have diagnosed the excessive or impacted earwax, they will advise you on how to prepare the earwax for removal.
If you have impacted earwax, there’s a greater risk of
you developing an ear infection caused by irritation
to the sensitive skin inside your ear canal. This can be uncomfortable and may require further treatment
– so it’s important that you get your impacted
earwax removed safely.
Depending on the extent of your earwax build-up, our audiologists will either remove it manually, with a specialist tool, or use a method called microsuction, which essentially sucks out the earwax build-up without any contact with the eardrum or sensitive skin of the ear canal.
Earwax removal from home
You probably will have heard the saying ‘never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear’. Cotton buds, matchsticks, hair pins, pencils and many other items may damage your ear canal, push the wax deeper causing impacted earwax, cause an ear infection, or you might perforate your eardrum.
If you’re considering buying an over-the-counter solution, we’d recommend you speak to a chemist or pharmacist to make sure you buy the most appropriate product for your needs.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises earwax candling has no benefit in earwax management, can result in serious injury and should never be used.