Earwax, also known as cerumen is produced naturally inside your ears to keep them clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears. A build-up of earwax can cause earache, hearing loss, tinnitus and itchiness.
The Micro Suction procedure
An effective method to remove earwax is micro suction. It is carried out by inserting a sterile thin probe into the ear which is attached to a medical suction device.
The procedure is performed under a microscope and illumination to gain a better view of the ear canal. Micro suction removes wax using a safe low pressure without introducing water into the ear, so the risk of infection is virtually nil.
The procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on whether one or both ears need to be treated. Whilst micro suction is being performed, you may hear a rushing noise and feel wax and debris being removed but it is painless.
For a limited period of time this service will be half price for Swansea University staff. The charge is £20 for one ear or £30 for both ears.