March 10, 2024

Ear Wax Removal – Take Care

Best Hearing Aids Hertfordshire

Some Crucial Facts about Ear Wax and Ear Cleaning.

When it comes to the care of your hearing, and your ears, it’s crucial to prioritise safety, especially when seeking ear wax cleaning services. Now that in the UK ear wax removal and ear cleaning services are not readily available in many GP practices, a surge of let’s say, ‘opportunistic’ operations have emerged, offering a variety of methods to clean ears with some purportedly ‘new and revolutionary’ techniques.

However, before booking any appointment, and no matter how fed up you are with your blocked ears, it’s imperative to understand that ear wax removal is not a simple procedure, and mishandling can lead to severe consequences.

Ear wax removal is a delicate and potentially risky procedure that demands expertise, precision, and the right equipment. That’s why we strongly emphasise the significance of checking the experience, set up and the qualifications of companies and individuals offering such services. The ear wax removal service is currently unregulated and, to the horror of clinicians and medics, we are hearing of cases of damage to the ear and increased prevalence of hearing loss due to unsafe practice. We have signed a petition which hopefully will elevate discussions of regulation at the highest level but until this protection is in place, we would recommend you thoroughly research the service you are considering.

Crucial Points to Consider

  1. Training and Qualifications. Ensure that the person providing ear wax cleaning services is at the very least a trained audiologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) or is Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered. Not all audiologists have undergone additional training to increase their scope of practice to include wax removal. At the very least, you should only seek the advice of those who can demonstrate this to you.
  2. Reviews and Recommendations. Before scheduling any appointment, take the time to research and read reviews. Google and other online platforms can offer valuable insights into the experiences of others who have used the same service. And you can always ask to speak to someone who’s used the service themselves.
  3. Technology and Methods. Different professionals may use various methods, such as micro-suction or irrigation. Familiarise yourself with the technology being employed and verify its safety and effectiveness. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the methods used during the cleaning process.
  4. Make sure they are fully insured and they explain clearly everything to you and you sign an ‘informed consent’ form.

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Also remember, everyone’s ear anatomy is unique. The sensation of blocked ears may not be down to ear wax build up or the ear wax may be very close to the ear drum. Only a skilled audiologist will be able to assess your specific needs and tailor the cleaning process accordingly.

Be Informed

Your hearing is priceless, and it’s never worth taking risks with it. Don’t be swayed by flashy marketing or promises of speedy instant techniques without proper scrutiny. Your best defense is to be an informed consumer.

Hearing Healthcare Practice offers professional ear wax removal by micro-suction carried out by our in-house team of fully qualified, experienced audiologists. If you’d like to know more about our ear wax and ear cleaning services, please get in touch.

Simply email us at: [email protected]

Or call. 01582 767218