We have a dedicated professional earwax removal service.
Ear Suction New Plymouth
Normal healthy ears contain ear wax
Ear wax is produced by a special lining in the ear canal. There are two types of ear wax: dry or wet. The wet ear wax is sticky so that it can trap dust in the canal. The wax gradually leaves the ear with the help of special migrating skin cells that move it out. This process may take several months to complete.
Ear wax (cerumen) is produced in the ear canal and helps to keep the ear clean. The ear wax naturally works its way out, bringing with it dust and other irritants. At times, the ear wax builds up and causes problems, such as mild deafness, pain, and that annoying ‘full’ feeling in the ear. Some people are more prone to blockages from the wax than others. This can be due to:
- Greater amounts of wax being produced by some people
- Narrow ear canals
- Hairs in the ear canal
- Cleaning with cotton buds, hairpins or other items that push the wax further down the ear canal.
- Dusty or dirty work environments
- Skin problems that cause the skin inside of the ear to flake & trap the wax.
What can be done to help blocked ears?
If your ears are blocked, we can, under a microscope, use tiny spoons and gentle suction to effectively clear the blocked wax.
An ear wax softener such as olive oil or ear wax drops can be used occasionally for those who have hard wax in their ears. (Do not use if the ear is sore or discharging) but please consult with our nurses before use. Do not use drops if you know you have a hole in your eardrum.
Taking care of your ears
Ears basically like to be left alone, BUT
- Some people are very prone to a build-up of ear wax
- They need regular cleans with an ear suction nurse
- Sometimes a few drops of olive oil or wax removal eardrops once a month, can help to keep the wax softer
- Try not to use cotton buds, hairpins etc. to get the wax out, you may cause damage or push the wax further in
- Wax can cause itchy ears, try not to scratch, book a visit to us instead
- Hearing aid wearers are more prone to a wax build up and often need a visit to us twice yearly
- Do not use Ear candles, scientists have shown that the stuff that is removed is not ear wax but simply residue from the burnt candle
It is recommended that you never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow!
Some people are tempted to use things such as cotton buds, hair clips, etc. However, ear specialists see an alarming number of ear problems (some serious) linked to the use of cotton buds. The ears naturally clean themselves. A face washer/flannel to wipe away wax at the outer ear is often all that is needed.
Why is my hearing aid whistling?
Hearing aids also push ear wax back into the ear canal causing blocked ears.
A build-up of wax can cause hearing aids to whistle. Regular ear checks are important for hearing aid wearers, to keep ear canals clean and to ensure your hearing is the best it can be.
Visit our ear nurse to have professional ear cleaning by a nurse trained in the same techniques used by Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists.
Ear plugs and earphones
The use of earplugs for ear protection and ear phones for music players and mobile phones can push the ear wax back into the ear canal causing blocked ears. Regular ear checks are important for frequent wearers of ear plugs and earphones, to keep ear canals clean and to ensure your hearing is the best it can be.
Other ear health services
- We remove objects stuck in the ear
- We give advice about ear plugs for swimming, surfing or noise reduction
- We help treat swimmers ear infections
- We give advice on ears that won’t pop (Eustachian tube dysfunction)