The safest and easiest way to get rid of excess or stubborn earwax is to see a professional. Lucky for you, we have just the people in store to offer an earwax removal service. All you need to do is give your local store a call to get booked in.

We charge €65 for one or both ears. And if we don’t find any wax, we’ll complete a full ear health check instead, which costs €30.

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You need to soften the wax for your appointment

It may take more than one attempt to remove your wax. It’s important that the wax has been softened to make the procedure as comfortable and effective as possible – so to prepare for your appointment, we’d recommend using olive oil to soften it.

An ear oil spray known as Earol is ideal for this. You can buy it in the Specsavers stores. Read the instructions leaflet carefully and use for 7-10 days between 2-4 times daily before your appointment. Other sprays or drops are not always suitable and may prevent us from being able to carry out the removal.

Your ears might feel more blocked up after using olive oil and might reduce your hearing – this is because the wax will soak up the oil.

If you wear hearing aids, avoid wearing them after you put olive oil in your ears as you could damage your hearing aids (which wouldn’t be covered by your warranty).

If you experience a foul taste after using olive oil, stop using it as this might be a sign that there is a hole in your eardrum. If this happens, get in touch with your GP and let us know.

For some people, olive oil use might cause some mild discomfort or irritation. If you have any doubts or concerns, just give us a call or speak to your GP or pharmacist.

Things to note about safety

Give us a call to speak to an audiologist before your appointment if you’ve experienced any of the following:

  • Any pain within the last 90 days
  • Any middle ear infections within the last 90 days
  • Any current or recurrent ear infection
  • Any past operations in or around the ear
  • Suspect you have any foreign bodies in the ear canal
  • Suspect you have a perforated eardrum
  • Any fluid or discharge from inside your ear within the last 90 days.

If you’re not sure you have earwax in your ears, give your store a call for a triage appointment first.

Please do not come into store if you, or anyone in your household:

  • Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Are required to isolate after travelling

During your appointment, you might be required to wear a mask to reduce any risk of transmission.

What to expect at your earwax removal appointment

Rest assured that our specially trained clinicians will use the safest method of wax removal to help you hear again.

  1. Your wax removal appointment will take around 30 mins. While we adjust to new social distancing guidance, it would be really helpful if you could attend your appointment alone.
  2. After asking a few questions to get a better understanding of the health of your ears, our clinician will examine your ear canals and ear drums by using an otoscope (magnifier with a light). They will record this information to help keep track of any changes in your ear over time.
  3. We’ll then talk you through the procedure and show you the equipment that will be used and explain how it works. You’ll need to sign a consent form before we remove any wax from your ears.
  4. Once you are happy to go ahead, our clinician will use a magnifier and suction tube to gently remove any wax that’s in your ear.
  5. After our clinician has performed the procedure, they will then check the health of your ears and record this information.
  6. If we are unsuccessful in removing any wax, we’ll advise you on your next steps.

What is microsuction earwax removal?

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 can be completed by one of our accredited Hearcare Professionals in stores. 

Is ear syringing different?

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.

Earwax hub

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Impacted earwax

Causes, symptoms and treatment

Advice on ear cleaning

Tips on how to clean your ears safely