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Free follow up appointments
If we can’t clear your ear wax build up completely at the first appointment because of a sensitive canal or stubborn wax, you are entitled to a free follow up appointment within 2 weeks. We clean your ear until we can clearly visualise your ear drum. We encourage you to use olive oil drops at least 2 days before your appointment but no worries if you have not been able to do this, we would sometimes apply olive oil drops during the appointment and have recorded success rates of over 90% at the first appointment.
Same-day ear wax removal London
In most cases, you are guaranteed a same-day earwax removal appointment in our London (126 Wigmore St – W1U 3RY) clinic. Otherwise, you will be offered an appointment for the next available day.
Safe and painless microsuction
Our earwax removal painless procedure is a gentle, safe and painless treatment. We use the most advanced microsuction procedure which enables us visualise your ear drums and ear canals with high-level precision.
Mobile earwax removal (home visits)
Cleaning ear wax at home just got easier. If you are unable to make it to an in-clinic appointment, we can bring the same level of ear care to you. Fill our booking form and we will call you in a few minutes to arrange a convenient time for you.
🔔 Special offers
Limited evening appointments available
We run an after work clinic everyday from 5-7 PM. This private earwax removal service is very popular so you’re only guaranteed a slot if you book early.
Sunday appointments available
Our convenient Sunday earwax removal appointments are a lifesaver for some who are too busy through the week and unable to book a normal weekday appointment. Little wonder these few slots get booked very quickly. Don’t miss out.
Emergency earwax removal appointments
It happens. You were self cleaning your ears with cotton buds or those camera devices because you thought they were safe but now you can’t sleep because of the discomfort, the pain, and that annoying buzzing sound in your ears. You don’t know if you have damaged your ear drum and why it seems you have lost your hearing all of a sudden.
Don’t sweat it, we can see you tonight. Call our emergency line and we’ll arrange to see you right now.
Earwax removal for kids
Your kids are not left out. Cleaning your child’s excess wax is a delicate procedure that must be carried out with precision by a practitioner with relevant paediatric experience. Excess wax can cause temporary hearing loss. Children are susceptible to ear wax build up due to small size of their ear canals.
Our paediatric audiologist will remove ear wax of children who are two years or older. For toddlers, the window of opportunity to remove the ear wax is very short. Hence, it is pertinent that you use olive oil drops (we recommend Earol from your local pharmacy) for at least two days before attending the appointment. This would ensure the gentle removal of the softened ear wax without causing your child any discomfort. If we find stubborn wax at the appointment, we will recommend the relevant ear drop and review your child within 2 weeks for free.
Earwax removal cost
Deep ear cleaning from £85
Ear Cleaning for Adults
Routine appointments (8am to 5pm)
After-work appointments (5pm to 7pm)
Emergency appointments (10pm to 7am)
Sunday earwax removal in London
Ear infection cleaning
Ear Cleaning for Kids
Below 6 years
Earwax removal home visits from £180
What happens at your ear cleaning appointment
- Medical History: Our clinical practitioners will ask relevant questions about your ears and check for contraindications.
- Examination: Your ear canals and ear drums will be examined with an endoscope and we will show you the video while explaining what we can see in your ears.
- Explanation of procedure: We will decide on the best professional ear cleaning procedure for you based on your medical history (we tend to opt for microsuction for most patients) and then explain how we would carry out the procedure.
- Consent: We would obtain verbal consent to undertake the procedure.
- Ear cleaning procedure: Using our ent grade suction units, manual instrumentation, or ear irrigation, the procedure should take no more than 15-20 minutes for both ears. We aim to remove all the wax blocking your ears.
- Post-procedure ear care advice: We give you evidence-based advice on how to keep your ears healthy. If you still feel you have a hearing loss after the procedure, we would offer you a hearing test and tympanometry test (checks the function of the middle ear) on the day.
Ear syringing - our advice and recommendation
Ear syringing is a method of cleaning the ear canals by flushing it with water or a saline solution using a ear syringe. This method was once a popular way to remove earwax build up, but it has since been replaced by safer and more effective methods.
The ear is a delicate and sensitive organ, and improper syringing can cause serious damage. For example, if the syringe is used with too much force, it can cause damage to the ear drum, leading to hearing loss or other complications. In addition, if the syringe is not sterile, it can introduce bacteria into the ear, leading to an infection.
Another problem with ear syringing is that it can actually push the earwax further into the ear canal, making the problem worse. This can lead to complete blockage of the ear canal and increased risk of infection.
For these reasons, ear syringing is no longer considered to be a safe or effective method of removing earwax. Instead, our preferred method of removing earwax is microsuction. This method uses a gentle suction to completely remove the wax.
Precise and Safe E-Microsuction Ear Wax Removal
Precision - Large field of vision with endoscope allowing for more precision during ear cleaning than ENT surgical binocular microscope.
Comfort – Gentle ENT-grade microsuction ear wax removal equipment for safe ear cleaning.
The endoscopic suction technique is the most effective method for gently removing ear wax blockages from your ear canals. Combining our gentle suction device with our high powered visualization endoscope enables us remove your ear wax with high-level precision. This advanced method of ear cleaning is only used in a limited number of clinics in London due to the high level of expertise and cost of equipment required. The endoscope provides a larger field of vision than devices that may serve a similar purpose e.g., the microscope. This allows for more precision during the ear cleaning procedure and reduces the risks of the procedure significantly. Peer-reviewed randomised control trials have named endoscopic ear wax removal a superior and safer technique when compared to procedures such as ear syringing, ear microsuction, or ear irrigation.
Professional earwax removal should be performed by a qualified practitioner. All our staff are registered with the relevant professional bodies and maintain their continuous professional development portfolio to ensure you always get the highest standard of care. Our ear wax removal harley street clinic 5-star reviews is a strong reflection of our service quality.
Our service is audiology-led. This is important because one of the main concerns patients have in ear wax removal appointments is reduced hearing. In a few cases, we have found that patients do not have ear wax and require an urgent hearing assessment to rule out a sudden hearing loss. Sudden hearing losses are treated as an emergency and patients referred to A&E as there is typically a 50% chance of your hearing reverting to normal within the first two weeks. We also have excellent professional links with private ENT consultants and can refer you to get seen within 48 hours in an emergency.
We will obtain consent verbally or in written form before the ear cleaning procedure commences. If you are running late for your appointment, you must call or email the clinic to confirm you can still be seen on the day. You can postpone your ear wax removal appointment up to 24 hours beforehand at no cost to you. Appointment(s) cancelled at less than 24 hours notice are non-refundable. Ear wax removal home visits must be paid for as part of the booking process. Cash and card payments are accepted. We do not tolerate any form of abuse to our staff.
Ear wax removal FAQ's
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What is ear wax?
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted by glands in the ear canal. It is made up of a combination of secretions from sebaceous glands and sweat glands, as well as dead skin cells and hair. Earwax plays an important role in protecting the ear canal from dirt, bacteria, and other foreign particles. It also helps to lubricate and moisturize the skin in the ear canal, and it can act as a barrier to prevent water from entering the ear. In normal amounts, earwax is not harmful and can even be beneficial, but excessive and hardened wax buildup can lead to problems with hearing and discomfort.
What causes blocked ears?
Patients would usually say "it feels like I have ear plugs in". There are several potential causes of blocked ears, including but not limited to:
- Earwax buildup
- Ear infections
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Changes in air pressure
- Hearing loss
Why has my ear been clogged for days? Can I fly with blocked ears?
It really depends on the cause of the blockage. For instance flying with ears blocked with ear wax may cause slight discomfort but certainly not as much discomfort as you will feel if your ears were blocked due to acute otitis media with effusion (middle ear infection). The best advice would be to see your local Dr for advice or book an appointment to see us.
What is ear microsuction?
Ear microsuction can be likened to an ear vacuum. It is essentially the process of cleaning out your ear wax safely with a suction machine whilst using a microscope as the primary viewing equipment. The suction machine is used at calibrated pressure levels to remove ear wax safely from your ears. “Micro” refers to the microscope used to look into your ears during this procedure, while “suction” refers to the machine used to draw out the ear wax, hence “microsuction”.
Endoscopic wax removal is a more advanced option for looking into your ears during ear cleaning as it provides a real-time view of your ears. We always offer our customers endoscopic wax removal as a first option because it is the most advanced technique. Most of our clients enjoy seeing the video recording of the ear cleaning process. We use our CE-marked endoscope called VerifEYEd View.
What is the best way to remove ear wax?
Various techniques can be used for professional ear cleaning. The best technique depends on the nature of ear wax to be removed.
Our preferred method at Verified Hearing is endoscopic wax removal using a suction machine because this is the most advanced technique. However, in some cases, we would need to use a sterilised instrument, such as a Jobson Horne or ear hook, to remove the ear wax gently. Patients sensitive to loud sounds or who suffer from tinnitus may find the sound of a suction machine unpleasant. So, we tend to avoid using it in such cases.
It is very unlikely that olive oil or any other ear drop on it own will remove your ear wax.
Is ear cleaning offered in the NHS?
Ear cleaning is no longer one of the core services GPs are obliged to provide. The general advice is to use olive oil drops to encourage the natural mechanism of the ear canal to remove the wax. While this can get rid of the wax in some cases, impacted ear wax needs to be professionally removed, especially if it is causing a hearing loss, blocked ear sensation, pain or discomfort.
Recently, patients have reported increased difficulty accessing ear wax removal services in the NHS. Most GP practices or pharmacists do not offer ear cleaning services. While some NHS ear, nose, and throat departments still offer ear cleaning, priority is given to patients with more complex ear-related issues who have ear wax removal as part of their routine treatment. For instance, patients who have had a mastoidectomy in the past are more likely to get free ear wax removal on NHS. Most GPs recommend private ear wax removal for their patients. Usually, you do not need a referral for ear wax removal.
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When is ear syringing or irrigation bad for me?
If you have a perforation—hole in your eardrum or are susceptible to outer ear infections, ear syringing would not be a good choice for your ear wax removal. We always offer to remove your ear wax with the most advanced technique first (endoscopic ear wax removal) and only use alternative ear cleaning techniques such as manual removal if needed. We do not offer ear syringing as it is unsafe and no longer recommended by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence.
Which ear drops would you recommend for ear wax?
Putting drops in your ears before your ear wax removal appointment would be beneficial. We recommend medical-grade olive oil ear drops or sprays from a pharmacy. If you do not have a perforation (hole in your eardrum), apply about two drops in your ear every day for a few days before your appointment. If you have hard wax, this would help soften the ear wax.
Does Verified Hearing offer children’s ear wax removal services?
Yes. We have a senior paediatric audiologist who is part of our team. We can safely clear ear wax from your child’s ear(s).
Ear microsuction vs ear wax syringe
There is a fundamental difference between ear syringing and ear irrigation, although these terms are often interchangeably used. Ear syringing refers to the use of a manual syringe and water to remove ear wax. Ear irrigation involves removing ear wax using an ear irrigation machine. This machine uses water to dislodge ear wax at a safe pressure level. Ear syringing is no longer recommended.
The consensus amongst professional ear wax removers is that removing ear wax with a suction machine is the safest option. However, there are cases where ear wax irrigation or using other instruments for ear wax removal is appropriate, especially when performed with the correct equipment.
Does Verified Hearing offer private ear wax removal near me?
If you live in London or its neighbouring towns, we are your most convenient option for ear cleaning. We are on Harley Street which is easily accessible by private or public transport. We also offer a mobile ear cleaning service, so we can remove your ear wax at the comfort of your home.
Will my tinnitus go away after removing ear wax?
Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition and not a condition on its own. Hence, there can be various causes of tinnitus, with ear wax being one of them. If ear wax is the cause of your tinnitus, we expect that your tinnitus will go away after your ear wax removal procedure. Otherwise, we will offer you a comprehensive hearing consultation at an additional fee.
Ear syringing in London: Is ear syringing safe?
The instruction from the National Institute for Health and care excellence is clear: "Do not offer adults manual syringing to remove earwax." This decision was made based on evidence that pointed out the risks of ear syringing and potential side effects such as perforation (a hole in the ear drum), damage to the outer ear canal, tinnitus and vertigo.
The term ear syringing or ear flushing is sometimes interchanged with ear wax irrigation. However, they are different. While ear syringing is a term used to describe removal of wax using a manual syringe with water, ear wax irrigation uses a machine with a nossle that releases water at a safe pressure level to dislodge the ear wax.
Our preferred method is e-microsuction (the most advanced method of ear wax removal).