In order to have the most effective ear wax removal, you must use olive oil drops such as Earol for the days before the appointment, as well as on the day.
We don't recommend Hydrogen Peroxide drops such as Otex, as they can make the ear canal more sensitive, and the procedure less comfortable.
From18yrs of age+ only.
We can see anyone 18yrs old and over who needs routine ear wax removal, but we can't see you if you have any other medical ear conditions such as:
If you have any of the following, we can proceed with but with caution.
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Prior to commencing the procedure, your clinician will discuss with you the benefits of removing wax from your ears.
In order to check that it is safe to proceed you will be asked some questions about the health of your ears and general health. It will also be necessary to carry out a detailed visual examination of your ear/s and the wax present. If safe to do so, and clinically necessary, wax will be removed from your ear/s using the most appropriate method according to the quantity and consistency of the wax discovered.
You may be advised to soften the wax with olive oil prior to your appointment. Your ear/s may feel blocked following application of an ear wax softener due to the expansion of the wax. If you are a
hearing aid user, it can be advisable to avoid wearing the hearing instrument/s when olive oil has recently been administered, therefore overnight application of an ear wax softener may be best.
Two methods of wax removal may be used during your appointment, suction and/or manual extraction.
Removal of wax deposits using manual extraction instruments.
Fine hand-held instruments are inserted carefully into your ear and used to gently extract the wax from the ear canal. These will not be used when the wax is deeply situated in the ear canal.
Wax removal using suction
Wax is removed from the ear by a small suction tube. This procedure can be noisy.
Your clinician has undertaken training and is certified as competent in ear care and wax removal and will use best-practice procedures to minimise any risk. However, even when performed with the utmost care, there are some risks involved in wax removal.
These risks include:
You may be offered a hearing check during your appointment. Guidance from the British Society of Audiology suggests this poses a significant risk to any patient who has a PVP Shunt fitted.
If you have a PVP shunt you should decline the hearing check and ensure your clinician is aware that you cannot wear the headphones.
If the wax cannot be removed
Depending on the amount and consistency of the wax and your own comfort, it may not be possible to remove all of the wax in a single appointment. A second or third appointment may be required with further softening of the wax for a few days between visits using alternative softeners as advised.
In some situations, wax removal may be deemed unsuitable or need to be abandoned during the procedure. Most commonly this is because abnormalities of the ear are identified which require further assessment by your GP or an ENT specialist, making it inappropriate to proceed. It may be necessary to refer you following the procedure for a follow up with a medical professional either directly (or via the “Tympa Cloud” Remote Review system) for further management, advice, or a second opinion. Most commonly this is because:
Before, during and after the procedure your clinician will record images and videos within your ear/s. This media may be used for the following reasons:
Keep ears dry for a minimum of 24 hours after the appointment. It can be helpful to use a cotton wool ball in the entrance to the ear canal with some petroleum jelly when showering. Inform your clinician and seek advice from an appropriately qualified medical professional immediately if any discomfort, pain, swelling, discharge, odour or disruption to your hearing is experienced following the procedure.
You will be asked to sign on the Tympa system a summary of your consent as outlined below:
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