Ear wax can affect your hearing and your hearing instrument

Ear wax build-up can dull hearing, cause discomfort and exacerbate pre-existing tinnitus. For those who wear hearing aids, wax can impair sound quality, produce feedback and ultimately affect instruments’ longevity.

At House of Hearing, we can remove excess ear wax by irrigation or microsuction.

Treatment chair and equipment

Ear Irrigation

Ear Irrigation involves introducing a controlled flow of warm water into the ear canal to flush out earwax. Irrigation is quick, routine and is carried out by our qualified and experienced staff.

Before attending your appointment, introduce a few drops of olive oil or ear wax softener into the ear canal to help to soften the wax. Repeat the process twice a day for a few days.

This procedure is available by appointment at one of our centres or in the comfort of your own home.

This procedure is not suitable for those with a perforated eardrum.

A man undergoing ear microsuction


For some people irrigation is not suitable, including those with perforated eardrums or glue ear.

Microsuction uses gentle air suction to remove ear wax. It is a safe and precise method of wax removal and is performed by qualified nurses at our Edinburgh centre.

As with irrigation, softening the wax build up before an appointment can speed the microsuction process.