Please soften the wax in the 5 days before your appointment
It's important that the wax is soft to make the procedure as comfortable and effective as possible. We recommend using medicated oil drops, or a spray such as Earol, once per day in the affected ear and repeat for 5 days.
Give us a call to speak to an audiologist before your appointment if any of these are applicable to you, as we may not be able to proceed with wax removal:
If you’re not sure you have wax in your ears, give your store a call for a triage appointment first.
There are some instances when we will not be able to perform wax removal and would advise you speak to your GP to seek help, these are:
If you’re still confused, please give our audiologists a call and they’ll be happy to advise.
Please don’t put any olive oil or wax softening solution in your ears if any of the above conditions apply to you.
Naturally, your body cleans your ears for you so no routine maintenance is required. However, if your body produces too much earwax, you may experience problems with your hearing. If this happens, it’s important to get it checked out right away to prevent further issues to your ear health.
There isn’t a set recommended frequency for earwax removal, as it depends on each individual case. Some people don’t require earwax removal very often, whereas others produce vast amounts of earwax at a faster rate. If you’re concerned about the amount of earwax you are producing, or would like to find out more about how often you should clean out your ears, get in touch or visit our dedicated resource here.
If excess ear wax is not removed, it can lead to a build-up of impacted earwax. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of impacted earwax, including ear pain, a ‘full ear’ or a cough, book an appointment with your local branch as soon as possible.
Microsuction earwax removal uses a vacuum to gently remove any excess wax from your ears. It’s one of the most effective services for cleaning your ears and is carried out by one of our accredited Audiology Professionals at Specsavers.
Find out more about our microsuction earwax removal here
Ear syringing is a technique of removing earwax that involves pushing water through the ear canal to flush out the wax. Although it can be successful, it can have side effects and possible complications, especially if done incorrectly, causing ear infections or impacted earwax. Ear syringing is not a service that is provided by Specsavers.
Read more about our ear cleaning advice here
Have you ever thought about cleaning your ears at home? We’ve answered some of your questions on how to best deal with earwax build-up at home and what to avoid.
For advice on using ear cleaning drops, consult your local pharmacist and for more information on earwax, visit our hub.
Find out more about how to remove earwax at home here
Rest assured that our specially trained clinicians will use the safest method of wax removal to help you hear again.
Earwax removal should always be carried out by a healthcare professional. Avoid using things such as cotton swabs — these can be dangerous when used to clean your ears. Book an appointment today to ensure a safe way to remove earwax
A buildup of earwax can be caused by numerous factors, including narrow or damaged ear canals, skin conditions around the ear and an increased amount of hair in the ear.
Earwax buildup can cause blocked ears, earache, fullness in the ear, hearing loss, tinnitus or dizziness. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s important to book an appointment so a specialist can advise on next steps.
In the vast majority of cases, ear syringing is not required before a hearing test. A small amount of wax in the ears is perfectly normal and healthy and has no effect on a hearing test. That said, if you are aware that you get a considerable build up of wax in your ears, it might well be worth asking your practice nurse or GP to examine them before going for a hearing test. Find out more information on our hearing tests and how to book them at your nearest Specsavers here.
There is no evidence to suggest that ear wax affects flying unless the ears are completely occluded (blocked up) so that pressure equalisation between the outer and middle ears cannot take place.
No, following the microsuction procedure, a minimum of 24 hours must be left before any other clinical procedures are carried out on the ear, including hearing assessment. This is due to the noise generated during the appointment by the equipment, creating a temporary hearing threshold shift.