Ear wax is a natural substance found in the ear canal. It acts as a protective barrier, preventing dirt, dust and debris from reaching the delicate inner ear. In most cases, ear wax is harmless and it will naturally move out of the ear canal, however, it can occasionally build up and result in blockages. Knowing the signs of an ear wax blockage can help you to address the problem promptly and maintain optimal ear health.
At The Hearing Hub, we specialise in ear wax removal treatment. Our expert team provides micro suction ear wax removal in East London at our Leyton clinic and our appointments typically last between 10-30 minutes. More often than not, patients notice an immediate improvement following a micro suction appointment.
Below we have explored some of the common signs of ear wax blockages to look out for, so you know when to book an appointment for ear wax removal.
Ear Discomfort and Pain
One of the signs that you may be experiencing a blockage of ear wax is discomfort. Often, as ear wax accumulates it also hardens and this can create pressure in the ear canal. You may notice a feeling of fullness or a dull pain in your ear. Depending on the severity of the ear wax blockage, the amount of pressure and pain you experience may differ.
If you notice a sudden or gradual decrease in your hearing, an ear wax blockage could be to blame. The build-up of wax can impact the ability for sound waves to travel through the ear canal, resulting in temporary hearing problems. If you find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves or struggling to hear in noisy environments, it’s worth booking an appointment with an audiologist and an ear wax blockage could be the cause.
In some cases, ear wax blockages can cause tinnitus. This is a condition where you experience continuous or intermittent ringing, buzzing, hissing or humming sounds in your ears or head. There are numerous causes of tinnitus and a blockage of ear wax can disrupt the transition of sound, resulting in the perception of ringing noises.
Itching or Discharge
When an excessive amount of ear wax accumulates in the ear canal, it can cause the ear to be itchy and feel sticky. Sometimes, the body might attempt to remove the wax itself too and this can lead to ear discharge. This discharge can sometimes be wet and sticky in texture, but it can also be dry and flakey.
Dizziness or Vertigo
This is less common than other signs of ear wax blockages, but sometimes people can experience balance problems when they have a very severe build-up of wax. When the inner ear is impacted by wax, it can result in dizziness and a spell of vertigo. It’s incredibly important to speak to an audiologist when you experience problems with your balance.
Interested in Micro Suction Ear Wax Removal in East London
You may be able to manage some ear wax blockages at home with over-the-counter products, however, if you notice any of the signs mentioned above it’s beneficial to get in touch with our team at The Hearing Hub. We have many years of experience assisting patients with blockages in their ears and we offer a selection of services.
Whenever possible, we will use micro suction to remove wax from the ear canal. This is the gold standard for removing ear wax and it involves using a gentle suction. Generally, micro suction is the safest and most effective removal method and it’s more comfortable for patients than other alternatives. We charge £75 for micro suction ear wax removal at our Leyton clinic and you may only require one appointment to remove blockages from your ears.
If you’re interested in booking micro suction ear wax removal in East London, you can do so today via our website. Our convenient booking tool makes it easy to book an appointment at your chosen ear clinic. Should you have any difficulties, don’t hesitate to contact us though.