Ques­tions and an­swers

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What is ear wax?

Every­one pro­duces ear wax. It is a per­fectly nor­mal way that the body pro­tects it­self.

The yel­low substance is se­creted into the ear canal to help pro­tect it, pre­vent in­fec­tions and stop for­eign bod­ies from get­ting in.

Do I pro­duce more ear wax if I wear a Hear­ing Aid?

No, but wear­ing a hear­ing aid pre­vents the wax from mi­grat­ing from the ear and can cause it to build up more quickly.

We would rec­om­mend wear­ers get their ears checked reg­u­larly for a build-up of wax, and get it re­moved to min­imise com­pli­ca­tions.

How can I re­moved? get the ear wax

In the past your GP may have used a sy­ringe to flush the wax out.

This is po­ten­tially harm­ful to the ear canal if too much pres­sure is used.

We use a mi­cro-suc­tion de­vice, which al­lows the safe re­moval of the ear wax by in­sert­ing a small probe into the ear to vacuum out the wax. Mi­cro-suc­tion is the safest and quick­est method of ear wax re­moval.

Will I hear bet­ter after ear wax re­moved?

Too much ear wax in your ear canal can pre­vent sound waves from reach­ing your ear drum, which will lead to a drop in your abil­ity to hear.

Re­mov­ing the wax MAY al­low you to hear bet­ter.

Does it hurt?

No it doesn’t hurt at all. The Op­ti­cal Fac­tory and Hear­ing Clinic use the lat­est med­i­cal de­vices and pro­ce­dures to en­sure the high­est stan­dards of com­fort and safety.

How long does it take? the

Wax re­moval usu­ally takes be­tween 15 - 30 min­utes, de­pend­ing on how much or how old the wax is. If you are both­ered by ear wax, or feel that wax may be im­pact­ing on your hear­ing aids or hear­ing in general, con­tact us for your free as­sess­ment and wax re­moval ap­point­ment to­day.

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