Ear Wax Removal Service in Hamilton and Clarkston, Quick, Safe & Easy
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Ear Wax Removal

COVID 19 Ear Wax Removal Clinic Visit Guidance

£40 for one ear or £60 for both*

Impacted ear wax can be a real problem when trying to communicate especially if you are a key worker and need to hear instructions or concerns. In the current climate we would ask you try and remove the wax using conventional methods such as olive oil to soften the wax.

If this is not successful, please contact us for further advice

Please be considerate when making an appointment and do not put yourself or others at risk. If you are displaying any of the symptoms of COVID 19 please do not attend the clinic. If you are in the vulnerable category, please do not attend the clinic.


Lanarkshire Hearing Centre has the right to refuse any patient who is deemed at risk or a risk to our staff or themselves. We ask you to be patient with us during this extra ordinary time.


Call us 01698 283549

Please note – Online Bookings are available

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You can book online at our Hamilton or Glasgow Clarkston Clinic. Same day appointments are available.
Prices from £40

Ear Wax Removal Safe Procedure
Terms and Conditions

If you are a member of the public the government has deemed high risk, then we would advise not booking an ear wax appointment and calling for general advice.
All appointments must be booked by phone there will be no online bookings.
Lanarkshire Hearing Centre Reserves the right to refuse any appointment if they deem it unsafe for themselves or for you the patient.
Turn up at the allotted and agreed time not early & certainly not late. If early wait outside until you are called into the clinic.
Appointments will be spaced 1 hour between each (normally its 30 mins) The extra time give us opportunity to thoroughly disinfect the premises.  
All payments will be given before the appointment via our text payment app or by cash being placed into a secure box.
When entering the premises please open the door with your elbow.
Once in the premises please refrain from touching anything.
You will be given hand sanitiser to thoroughly clean your hands. You will also be given a face mask.
Do not cough or sneeze. If for some reason you need to cough, or sneeze warn the audiologist immediately or put your mouth into your sleeve if a warning is not possible.
Follow the instructions of the audiologist and please indicate if you do not understand anything.
Refrain from speaking during the appointment unless its related to the procedure.
When leaving please refrain from touching anything where possible.

SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

We offer earwax removal at all of our clinics in Hamilton, Clarkston & Motherwell.

Alternatively, if you are housebound, we have very limited availability for home visits. Home visits are on a first come first serve basis and on average have a 2 week wait for an appointment. ( Please note there is a £40 surcharge for a home visit appointment)

If you require ear wax removal in East Kilbride, Bellshill, Larkhall, Bothwell, Uddingston, Airdrie, Coatbridge, Carluke, Strathaven, Lesmahagow, Cambuslang, Rutherglen or anywhere else in Lanarkshire & Glasgow please ring today and make an appointment at a time convenient to you.

EAR WAX REMOVAL TREATMENTS

Ear Wax Removal for £40 for one or £60 for both* £20 ear health inspection charge if no ear wax present.

*99.9% of ear wax can be removed the same day. If you have used a cotton bud you may have impacted the wax and it may be too hard to remove with one appointment. We would advise a few days oil before a visit if this is the case. If you require a second appointment because of cotton bud use this will be charged @ £20.

Ear Wax Removal FAQ's

1EAR WAX, WHAT IS IT?
Earwax is supposed to be there and is not unhealthy or dirty it is in fact a cleaning mechanism for your ear and is produced by little glands deep inside the ear canal. In theory when these glands produce wax little hairs in the outer ear should push the wax along the ear canal and it should pop out the entrance to your ear.

Earwax or to use its correct term cerumen also lubricates the ear canal which helps keep the ear free from dust and all types of bacteria.
2SYMPTOMS OF IMPACTED EAR WAX
Impacted Ear wax can cause tinnitus or aggravate preexisting tinnitus. Impacted Ear wax can also cause temporary hearing loss particularly sudden hearing loss.

Possible Symptom of Impacted ear wax:

Pain or ear ache
Loss of hearing particularly sudden loss
Irritation and itchiness
Feeling Dizzy
Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
Clicking or squelching sound or feeling (as the wax moves)
If you have these symptoms and your ears are full of ear wax then its possible for these symptoms to reverse once the ear wax is fully removed.
3IS ALL EAR WAX THE SAME?
No, far from it. Some ear wax is very dry while some earwax can be wet and sticky. Some earwax can be flaky and stuck to the skin and others can fall into little sticky pieces as you remove it from the ear. If we carry out 12 micro suction ear wax removals in a day you can guarantee that everyone will offer a different challenge. Not only that everyone’s ear canal will be different shapes.

Even carrying out ear wax removal on the same person across both their ears can be a totally different challenge. Your ears are asymmetrical, and your ear wax can have a totally different density and mass. So, one ear could take 10 mins to clean and the other could take 20 minutes.
4IF I WAKE UP AND MY EAR IS BLOCKED CAN YOU SEE ME RIGHT AWAY?

THE GOOD NEWS IS ABSOLUTELY YES


Ear wax removal by microsuction can be diagnosed and treated the same day.

Sometimes (very rarely) removal of ear wax on the same day is not possible and the number one reason for this is always impacted wax due to use of cotton buds. It’s not always the case that cotton bud use will mean we can’t do it but on the rare occasion we can’t remove earwax its always cotton buds fault! Don’t do it!

Like my grandmother always said, nothing smaller than your elbow should go down that hole in your ear!
5WHAT KIND OF OIL WILL I USE TO SOFTEN MY EAR WAX?
9 times out of 10 you don’t need to use oil for ear wax removal using microsuction but it does no harm to put some in before your appointment. Nothing more than a day or two of ear oil is sufficient. This will lubricate the earwax enough for the microsuction machine to grab hold of it.

Common types of ear wax softening oil:

Earol (our personal favourite as it uses natural olive oil with no nasty chemicals).
Otex – uses hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals to mix with oxygen and break the chemicals up. Although in the main very safe there are some conditions the user should be aware of. Consult your pharmacist or click this link to find out more about otex and if its right for you. The claims that it busts wax completely out your ear are not entirely true in my opinion.
Sodium bicarbonate - as well as sodium bicarbonate there is also the active ingredients of glycerol (e422), purified water and dichlorobenzyl alcohol (preservative). Breaks up ear wax and softens it. Can cause irritation of the skin. Always consult your GP if sodium bicarbonate does irritate your ear canal.

Earol is our personal favourite oil with no nasty chemicals.
6MY HEARING HAS GOT WORSE USING EAR DROPS WHY?
One of the most common complaints we hear about ear wax and its problems. Very simply while using drops you are actually adding more content to the ear so by using ear drops you are expanding the ear wax in the ear canal which in turn can cause the feeling of a blocked ear.

Also if your ear wax becomes smooth and runny it may run down your ear onto your ear drum instead of running out your ear like you hoped it would!! Ear wax lying on the ear drum will restrict it movement which will cause sudden hearing loss. Will Hopi candles or ear candles work?

We can get into full scale arguments with this one. People do really like to believe in holistic and mystic medicines. I know I’m one of them! And while so much medicine and mindfulness from the east is good for us Hopi candles is not one of them!

But they go all brown at the end I hear you say!! Yes, they do but that’s beeswax changing colour with the burning of the candle. One of the reasons we invested in a video otoscope for Lanarkshire Hearing Centre was to prove to people who were insistent that Hopi Ear Candles worked that in fact they did not. We would do a video of before and after Hopi candling or ear wax candling & show the patient first-hand the results from their Hopi ear candle experience.

A nice feeling it may be but removing impacted ear wax is not one of its strengths.
7WHY IS IT BEST TO SEE A HEARING CARE PROFESSIONAL FOR MY EAR WAX REMOVAL?
Quite simply it’s our domain. We make hearing aid moulds day in and day out. To make an invisible hearing aid or an invisible in the canal hearing aid you need to go very deep inside the ear. This requires a very steady hand and some skill.

Never forget at the end of the ear canal is your ear drum. Your ear drum is a precious instrument and is only 0.1 mm thick! There is no room for error here. Ear wax removal requires great skill patience and a steady hand. Also, as we mentioned before the environment has to be right. Always ensure that thought has went into the environment that will be used to remove that unwanted ear wax.

Please note – Online Bookings are available

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You can book online at our Hamilton or Clarkston Clinic. Same day appointments are available.
Prices from £40

Our Ear Wax Removal Clinics

Our Ear Wax Removal Clinics

We have clinics in Hamilton, Clarkston and Motherwell

Take the stress out of your journey! Our clinics offer the Luxury of Ample convenient parking right on our doorstep.

Our Hamilton Clinic is Just off the M74 motorway our main centre is in Hamilton where we have our purpose-built ear wax removal clinic.

Situated in the Glasgow Private Clinic, Williamwood Health Centre, our clinic in the south side between Giffnock & Clarkston offers the luxury of its own free car park.

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1HAMILTON
58 Cadzow Street

Our purpose-built hearing centre. We are proud to offer unrivalled service in our Cadzow street Hearing Practice.

Come and visit us and enjoy a relaxing experience in our state of the art hearing centre. Cadzow Street is on the main bus route from Hamilton Bus station there is a bus stop 200 feet from the centre.

There is ample parking on Cadzow street and there is a dedicated car park directly behind the centre on Church Street.

01698 283549



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2CLARKSTON
Williamwood Medical Centre

On the border of Lanarkshire we work alongside our partners at Darroch Hearing Clinics & Glasgow Private Clinic. Our Audiology room in Clarkston offers our full range of services and is fitted with all the equipment needed to carry out Full Hearing Tests, Ear wax Removal by microsuction & supply & fitting of hearing aids.

Our clinic at Glasgow Clarkston Clinic has free onsite parking and is 100 yards walk from Williamwood train station.

0141 345 2036



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3MOTHERWELL
Lawers Drive Clinic

Come and meet the family! Our purpose built studio in our home offers an excellent environment to have your hearing needs met.

We have a full hearing clinic and audiology clinic as well as our TV testing room! We love having our clients visit our home clinic just let us know if this suits you by calling and making an appointment.

We have a long private and secluded drive which offers ample parking. We are also located 5 mins walk from Shieldmuir train station.

01698 283549

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Do’s Don’ts – Myths & Facts

So what is the most common cause of tinnitus or ringing in your ears? What is the most common cause of hearing loss? The most common cause of acute deafness?

Would it surprise you to know that ear wax is the most common cause of sudden deafness or tinnitus?

For lots of people sudden deafness or hearing loss is a cause for real concern. Why does the whole world sound muffled? Why is everyone mumbling? Am I going deaf? Do I need a hearing aid? What happens if there is something wrong with me? Could this be you?

If this is you then a simple ear wax removal appointment could change all that. At the very least you should encourage yourself to have someone to look in your ears and give them a basic health check.

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The same goes with tinnitus. So many people worry about that ringing noise in their head or their ears. Is there something wrong with my brain? Tinnitus can create great concern in people’s minds which leads to stressful and unhelpful thoughts and guess what!! More perception of tinnitus.

Again a simple health check of your ears could reveal that the cause of both your hearing loss, deafness, ringing in your ears or tinnitus could simply be impacted wax?

Do you wear a hearing aid? Did you know the most common cause of whistling with hearing aids is ear wax blocking the sound?

Forms of ear wax removal –

So there are many forms of ear wax removal some good, some well……pretty awful really and some a complete gimmick.

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The not so good 

Cotton Buds

The absolute no no of ear wax removal. Cotton buds are the most dangerous form of ear wax removal bar none. Generally this is a self-performing attempt at ear wax removal.

As its self-performing you can’t see down your ear canal and there is extreme risk of damage to your ear drum, ear canal, middle ear bones which could result in permanent hearing loss and permanent tinnitus.

If you don’t do permanently damage and wax is in your ears think about this…. If you are poking a fluffy ball down your ears how can you expect to pull a blob of wax out the way? You may see your cotton bud is all covered in ear wax but what you don’t see is the ear wax you are pushing further down your ear which will in time create a hard ball of impacted ear wax.

As Granny used to say ‘Nothing smaller than an elbow should go down your ear hole!’

Hopi candles

or ear wax removal candles or ear wax candles or even ear candles whatever name they want to call them are a complete gimmick. The amount of people who have told me they’re revolutionary only for me to put my video otoscope down there ears for them to see a great big ball of ear wax sitting in their ear.

They claim to suck the wax out of the ear by creating a suction. They also turn brown at the end where they have been inserted into your ear which potentially leads you to the conclusion that you have had ear wax removed. In actual fact the fabric which is cotton and beeswax is the real cause for discolouration. It has also been registered that they do not create a negative pressure to remove the wax.

If it’s a pleasant feeling you’re after and not actually getting your ear wax removed then this is the choice for you!!

Ear Syringing

This is deemed as a bit of an old school method now and not practised as much. The main dangers with this method are poor application of the water down your ear, perforated ear drum and water rushing through it and let’s not forget you are forcing water at quite high speed down the ear canal.

If you have a really good practitioner there can be in general no problem with ear wax removal using this method IF there is no perforation in the ear and you are not sensitive to pressure in the ear canal.

If you get a bad practitioner shooting water down your ear well the dangers are similar to that of cotton buds. Water shooting down the ear at high speed heading directly to the ear canal can cause damage to the ear drum and the middle ear. This can result in permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.

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Safer Methods

No method is without its dangers. To say so would be misleading and also dangerous. That being said there are gentler methods which are far safer than those listed above.

Ear Wax Irrigation

Ear wax removal by irrigation is one of the new popular methods of removal of ear wax from a patient’s ear. It is a relatively safe procedure that involves a slightly warm stream of water being pumped round your ear by a machine. The machine controls the flow so it is a nice steady and easy flow that does not cause much risk to the patient’s ear canal. The main risk with irrigation is we cannot see behind the wax and introducing a stream of water to an ear drum with a potential perforation can cause excruciating pain.

This method still generally needs you to put drops in the ear for one to two weeks so not the best method for a quick result.

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Ear Wax Removal Micro suction

Micro suction ear wax removal from £40 for one ear and £60 for both

Probably the most popular form of ear wax removal now is ear wax removal by microsuction. Ear wax removals using this method are done by a small pump that basically sucks the wax right out of the ear. The benefit of this method to remove wax from the ear is that you are not forcing something down the ear therefore if you have a perforation then this will not complicate your ear drum condition unless of course poor practice is the reason.

Micro suction also has the benefit of in most cases being able to remove your ear wax in a same day appointment. No need for 2 weeks of drops in your ears in 90% of cases 1 day of drops can be adequate enough.

So there you have it the definitive guide to ear wax removal! I hope you found this article useful and hopefully we might see you in our clinic in the near future.

No cost if we don’t remove any ear wax.

Steven Ross (MSHAA, RHAD) 
Director

58 Cadzow Street,
Hamilton,
ML3 6DS

t:   01698 283549
m: 07340 746950

e: info@lanarkshirehearingcentre.co.uk

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