According to a new survey for Specsavers, two-thirds of us could be risking permanent damage to our hearing by attempting to remove our own earwax.

Fortunately, the Specsavers audiology stores across Hampshire have now re-opened for urgent and essential care, so if you have noticed that your ears feel blocked or itchy and think it could be due to a build-up of wax, the experts are here to help.

Don’t do-it-yourself

Some of the items people have been using to remove their own earwax include cotton buds, their fingers, pencils, paper clips, match sticks and – and one case – nail scissors. And more than a third of people are reverting to this do-it-yourself methods at least once a week.

Gordon Harrison, chief audiologist at Specsavers, says all these items should be avoided as not only can they make matters worse but they can lead to serious and possibly permanent damage to your hearing.

Open for urgent and essential care

‘The golden rule is never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear,’ he warns. ‘At Specsavers we carry out an estimated 40,000 ear wax removals a year, so there is not much we haven’t seen. Our experience and training make our audiology teams the go-to experts in this field.’

Specsavers audiology businesses are open for urgent and essential care, which includes earwax removal. So if you have any concerns about your hearing, or need help with your hearing aids, give your local store a call.

Find your local store

Back to News