Ear Health

Ear Health

It is recommended that we all have at the very least an annual ear check-up, especially if we use air pods, wear headphones, have a hearing aid or work in particularly dusty environments. Ear irrigation and Hopi ear candle therapy are both options for the safe removal of ear wax and help to maintain the health of the ear.

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Ear Irrigation

Why might you wish to consider ear irrigation?

The ear naturally produces wax to protect the ear canal and drum from infection etc. Ear irrigation is an effective way of removing wax and is especially useful for those who wear hearing aids or work in dusty/dirty environments.

The causes of excess wax can be - the body producing too much wax by itself, hairy or narrow ear canals, age - the older you get the harder the wax gets and wearing hearing aids or using earplugs.

What is the process?

At a pre-consultation appointment, your practitioner will place an otoscope into the opening of your ear which will shine a light into your ear and magnifies the image, allowing for an assessment of the wax build-up to be made. You will likely be asked to take home some specialist drops to soften the ear wax ahead of your main appointment. When your ear/s are ready to be treated with the ear irrigation technique, a specialist syringe is used to insert water or a water and saline mixture into the ear to flush out the wax.

How do you know if you need this treatment?

You can tell if you have blocked ears - if you have an earache, difficulty in hearing, itchiness, dizziness, infections and or high-pitched tones in the ear.

Before coming in for ear irrigation, you will have to soften the wax as the procedure cannot be performed without doing this. We will first ask you to attend a free ear assessment, where we advise you on the best products to use to prepare your ears for treatments and when to book your treatment.

If you are not sure if you have excess wax - come in and see us so we can look in your ears and can advise you on the best action to take.

Consultation £10 // Treatment £45

Hopi Ear Candle Treatment

This treatment can help with blocked and congested ears - also known as thermal auricular therapy.

The hopi ear candle is a great treatment for swimmers or people who fly regularly, as it rebalances the pressure in the ears. This is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions.

The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax. The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions.

The candle is gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit and held in a vertical position. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. As the candle burns down, the residue ash (if it falls) will just turn to dust. The candle is then taken away while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing.

Treatment £40

Patients seeking this service might have the following symptoms...

Hearing loss, Ear popping, Ear crackling, Ear pressue, Ear ringing, Dizziness, Earache