Ear Wax Removal & Hearing Aids: Private Vs NHS


Ear wax removal isn’t an easy or popular topic to consider, for obvious reasons. However, for countless individuals who utilise hearing aids, they are an essential part of personal care.

Ear wax is naturally occurring, but certain conditions can cause it to build up in such a way as to create blockages, which in turn can harm one’s hearing and cause other problems relating to personal hygiene.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the symptoms of such blockages, how ear wax removal can help.

Causes and Symptoms of Ear Wax Blockage

Ear wax forms naturally as a means of defence against bacteria and other harmful materials that might otherwise invade your ear canal. However, when you allow too much moisture or otherwise block up the ear canal (as you might with a hearing aid), the wax can build up to the point of blockage.

To that end, there are several potential causes of ear wax blockage, including:

  • Earaches or a feeling of fullness or pain in your ear canal
  • Ringing noises or conditions such as tinnitus
  • Decreased hearing ability
  • Excessive coughing
  • Excessive dizziness

The Benefits of Ear Wax Removal

If you suffer from any or several of the aforementioned conditions, you might benefit from micro-suction.

This is just what it sounds like, a means of suctioning out excessive ear wax.

Micro-suction is a safe, dry, and hygienic way of cleaning out ears that do not require anything that might introduce more moisture into the ear canals, as can be the case with various drops and gels.

What’s more, treating ear wax without liquids can also diminish the risk of your ear becoming infected or having an allergic reaction to drops or gels.

Of course, when you’re suffering from the symptoms of waxy build-up in your ear, you don’t want to have to “wait” for a treatment to take effect.

Thankfully, with micro-suction techniques, you can notice a dramatic reduction in ear wax symptoms in a much quicker time than would be the case with other methods of treatment.

Micro-suction sessions can take as little as a few minutes with little need for follow-up appointments.

Other forms of ear wax removal, such as ear irrigation or syringing, require more strenuous efforts and preparation.

By contrast, micro-suction requires no such efforts and can extract both hard as well as soft wax with ease and without pre-session softening drops*.

Some patients who have sustained injuries to their eardrums – particularly if they have been perforated, had a grommet, cleft palate, mastoid cavity, or miscellaneous other ear infections or maladies – may be wary of treatments.

That’s especially true of treatments involving drops or fluids, as these can slip through holes in the case of perforated eardrums and cause problems.

Why It’s Worth Choosing a Private Clinic Over The NHS

Even if you have gotten ear wax removal services, you might still wonder whether you should get a hearing aid from the NHS or a private service.

This is obviously a personal choice, and there are pros and cons to both, but there are several reasons why a private option may be preferable.

For example, private services are often far faster in fitting and making the mould for earpieces than the NHS.

The bureaucracy and sheer order load with which the NHS must contend can slow down their processing times, hence the faster turnaround time offered by some private services.

The same holds true for appointment times. Anyone who has dealt with the NHS before knows they are a vital social safety net, but they’re not always a fast-acting one.

A nonessential appointment can take weeks, whereas private companies can often see you within one to three weeks.

Then there’s the question of style.

Just as those who need glasses have a natural interest in their style and compatibility with their tastes, the same holds true for hearing aids and those who use them.

Also like glasses, hearing aids used to be a lot bigger, bulkier, and more cumbersome.

Thankfully, decades of innovation have helped slim down these models considerably, making them much less obtrusive.

Top-of-the-line models can even appear almost invisible.

Can I Get The Same Variety of Hearing Aids With A Private Clinic?

In this case, less truly is more. At the same time, these hearing aids have grown more powerful and have come to offer greater audio clarity and quality.

While NHS hearing aids are often of high quality from an auditory perspective, the most common models offered by them tend to be of the old-fashioned Behind the Ear variety.

While functional, these aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing given their more obvious, obtrusive nature.

It is important to note that while private companies offer Invisible in Canal styles as opposed to the Behind the Ear Variety, the former isn’t always suitable for those who have more sensitive ears.

Variety is one of the largest reasons for why customers decide to go for private clinics over the NHS due to the more discrete options that are available with the NHS’s private counterparts.

However, the problems don’t stop there, according to the guardian problems with functionality also occur with hearing aids costing around the £700 mark purchased through the NHS.

So with more discreet hearing aid options, accessibility through phone and other contact methods, a shorter wait time for bookings, a guarantee to be seeing the same Audiologist with each appointment, and a more personal approach it’s easy to see why more and more people are leaning moving over to private clinics rather than settling for what the NHS provides them with.


Whether you are just getting your first hearing aid or have been through a few models already, private audiologists offer a massive range of variety when it comes to hearing aids as well as providing different variations of ear wax removal.

If you don’t want to have an old and clunky over-the-ear hearing aid that displays signs of limited technology and aesthetics, going private gives you the option to find a hearing aid that does what you need it to do.

If you’re looking for an Audiologist in Milton Keynes, you can book an appointment with us today or take our quick, 3-minute hearing test to get started.

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