Something as simple as a small lump of natural wax lodged in the ear can cause people so much suffering.
Without warning, you are plunged into silence. The sensation of pressure in your ear is irritating beyond belief. You may even feel dizzy or nauseous.
Something needs to be done to relieve your suffering. And if left unchecked, an ear wax blockage can lead to pain, temporary hearing loss and tinnitus.
You are not alone… Excessive or impacted cerumen affects one in 10 children, one in 20 adults, and more than one-third of older people.
But where do you turn? GPs’ surgeries and hearing clinics have waiting lists. And unfortunately, many of them no longer offer a wax removal service. NHS cutbacks have reduced spending on new equipment, staff training and the repair of ageing equipment.
You’ve probably resorted to the safe home remedies; olive oil drops, dissolving drops, or other methods, to no avail. And now you don’t know where to turn.
Our highly respected audiologist and hearing aid dispenser Peter Byrom has successfully and safely cleared the ears of over 1,000 clients and has many years of experience.
He understands how distressing an earwax blockage can be and strives to see his patients within 48 hours – in fact, many are actually treated within a day of calling for help.
Peter, who was the clinical lead for adult audiology services at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust from 2011-17, has a Masters Qualification in Advanced Practice and has undergone 100 hours of mentored training with specialist ear care nurses at the UK’s National Ear Care Centre. He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Working closely alongside Peter is audiologist Cheryl Thomson, who has worked at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital for many years and now provides a Thursday morning earwax microsuction clinic at Thornbury Hospital.
Every ear is different and wax build-up can occur in numerous shapes and forms, which means different techniques need to be used for its safe removal.
Our long-tried and tested ultra-safe methods include:
This is our preferred method. It is safe, comfortable and pain-free. It involves the use of a binocular microscope which gives a clear and magnified view of the ear canal. A fine, low-pressure suction device then removes ear wax obstructions safely.
This gentle method relies on the use of a probe and is effective for harder sections of wax which are not too deep in the ear
Warm water is syringed into the ear in a low and gentle, pulsing motion which will not damage the eardrum
This procedure manoeuvres the outer ear cartilage to enable access to wax build-up otherwise difficult to reach. An endoscope is used to view the ear canal while the ear wax is being removed.
Each Ear Wax Removal Sheffield treatment is priced £100. When you book online, we offer a discount of £20.
You can book into Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield, here and choose an appointment time convenient to you.
Alternatively, call us on 0114 233 1800.
Your ears are designed to produce wax.
Called cerumen, it is a self-cleaning agent – it keeps ears healthy by trapping dirt and dust and preventing particles from getting further into the ear.
However, some people regularly get blocked ears because:
Ear wax build up blocks sound from travelling to your eardrum. Your hearing will become more muffled and indistinct as the blockage gets bigger. You could even find you completely lose your hearing in a blocked ear. But don’t worry – it’s not permanent. Your hearing will be restored once the wax has been removed
Tinnitus, is when people to hear sounds from inside their head, such as a buzzing, ringing or whistling, can be caused by too much earwax
Too much earwax can cause ear pain. Blocked ears can also become infected, causing extreme pain and a topical treatment may be be needed