Lindsay qualified as an audiologist 30 years ago. Working with the world's leading hearing aid manufacturers, he has been delivering help to patients with a range of hearing difficulties. Over the last 10 years, his attention has turned to those who develop more acute hearing loss due to ear wax build-up. For the last five years he has worked as an ear care practitioner in one of the leading private hospitals in Northern Ireland. In 2018, Earwaxremoved was established to deliver dedicated care to those with ear wax problems.
If you suddenly feel that your ears are stuffed up, or if you develop a hearing loss or tinnitus in one or both ears, more often than not the problem is a build-up of ear wax completely blocking the ear canal. However, any sudden hearing loss needs to be assessed as quickly as possible.
Ear syringing is an outdated and unsafe method of earwax removal. We offer safe and easy ear wax removal at our hearing aid centre in Belfast. We can quickly assess if the problem is ear wax and remove it. If not, we can offer a free hearing assessment to get to the source of the problem and give any necessary advice.
At Earwaxremoved we will try and see you within 48 hours at one of our 5 locations throughout Northern Ireland.
There is no recommended time for this. Some people need their ears unblocked every year – or more frequently. It is wrong to believe that you shouldn’t have wax removed regularly. If it’s done correctly there are minimal risks involved.
Regular application of Olive Oil helps to keep newly produced ear wax soft. Other wax softening products that contain Urea Hydrogen Peroxide are best avoided. Skin irritation can occur as a result of their prolonged use. When the skin is broken you are at more risk of getting ear infections. Do-it-yourself wax removal is not recommended. Hopi Candle treatments should never be attempted. Cotton ear buds should be avoided. They usually push ear wax further down the ear canal.
Clean water in the ear canals is helpful and naturally washes the ear canals. However if you already have a large amount of ear wax in your ears it may not be a good idea to let water get into your ears. In this instance water can get trapped behind the wax and lead to ear infections. If you have had a perforated eardrum in the past, or get repeated ear infections, then you should avoid getting water in your ears. People who swim – particularly in the sea – tend to have fewer issues with ear wax
Many GP surgeries are reluctant to wash ears nowadays. We can remove your ear wax either by washing it out (Irrigation) or using microsuction (no water used). Once we have taken a brief history of your complaint we will be in a better position to offer you the best treatment. Eight out of ten patients who attend an Earwaxremoved clinic have wax removed by irrigation.
Softening ear wax for a few days with Olive Oil or Sodium bicarbonate is good practice before having it removed, however we are happy to see you even if you have not been using any pre-treatment.
Lindsay Gillespie has over 30 years of experience in Hearing Healthcare. He is qualified to remove ear wax using several of the latest techniques. The best removal method will be discussed after a pre-assessment has been undertaken.
All ear wax removal procedures can be completed within 30 minutes.
At Earwaxremoved we will always endeavour to see you within 48 hours of your contact.