What is ear wax?

 Earwax (proper name Cerumen) consists of shed skin cells, hair, and the secretions of the ceruminous and sebaceous glands of the outside ear canal. It is actually a very useful substance that helps to keep our ears healthy.

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Earwax coats the skin lining of the ear canal and carries dirt, hair, dead cells and other debris out of the canal. The wax also helps to protect the eardrum from injury. The eardrum lies at the end of the ear canal and plays an important role in our ability to hear.

Normally earwax does its job invisibly and very well. Sometimes however, the ear makes too much wax. If the wax becomes trapped inside the ear canal, it may form a plug known as an impaction. Excess wax can press against the eardrum blocking the outside ear canal or hearing aids, potentially causing hearing loss.

An impaction can be painful and often interferes with hearing. Fortunately, there are several ways to remove trapped earwax. We offer a simple, easy and cost effective wax removal service.

Ear wax removal by microsuction

Excessive or impacted ear wax can cause discomfort and hearing loss.  It can also interfere with the normal operation of hearing aids.  Traditional methods of removal, such as syringing, may be effective but carry some inconveniences.

We use a method called Microsuction,  The ear wax and the ear canal remain in clear vision for the practitioner throughout the procedure and this improves efficiency of the clearance and significantly reduces risk.  Most microsuction treatments are 100% successful at the first time of asking with minimal oil instaltion required beforehand.

Microsuction is the method of ear wax and foriegn body removal used by the majority of Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatient Clinics and is often referred to as a ‘gold standard’ treatment method.  Otec Hearing is able to offer this service in the comfort of your own home.

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