Aftercare: Wax Removal

What are the symptoms of Wax build-up?

Ear wax is a natural, self-cleaning secretion that keeps our ears healthy. The amount of ear wax we produce varies from person to person, which can start to cause you problems.

If you have ear wax build-up this might cause you to experience the following:

  • Hearing loss
  • Ear ache or blocked ears
  • Tinnitus – ringing or buzzing in your ears 


  • Apply drops/ spray into ear
  • Massage the area in front and behind of ear so it moves down the ear
  • Lie with head on side for a few minutes to ensure treatment reaches the wax
  • Repeat process on other ear if prescribed
  • Do not use ear drops if you have a previous perforation


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Patient History

We’ll ask some questions to get a better idea of your ear and hearing health

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Digital HD Otoscopy

Using the Tympa system we will perform otoscopy and look in your ears

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Microsuction Wax Removal

If wax is present we will use a small hoover to gently remove the build-up. 

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Hearing Check

Assess your hearing with a hearing check

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Next steps

Provide clinical advice and next steps


Microsuction is safe, appropriate and the gold-standard method to remove wax. Like all medical procedures there are a few rare risks. These include:

  • Ear discomfort
  • Grazing the ear canal, which can cause blood
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus 
  • Perforation
  • Muffled hearing or noise damage 
  • Infection or Pus

If you experience any of these symptoms please consult your clinician for further support

Things not to do:

  • Do not put anything in your ear.
  • Do not use cotton buds
  • Do not put water in your ear.
  • Use earplugs if you swim.
  • Use cotton wool covered in vaseline when showering.  Throw away after each use.