Ear Wax Removal Advice

Ear-wax build up or blockages can be frustrating, and potentially cause further health issues. Many GP surgeries no longer offer removal, so what’s the best way to deal with problem ear wax? 

If you’re unsure what to do, you aren’t alone. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has voiced concerns that it’s difficult for patients to know which treatments are best because ‘recommendations around [ear] self-care don’t seem to be consistent and are not widely shared’.

A 2022 RNID survey found that 71% of respondents had resorted to attempting to remove ear wax themselves, although two-thirds did not feel confident doing this.

It’s best not to wing it, or turn to rogue internet remedies, as this can cause further problems.

The consumer magazine, Which?, has asked the experts including Kevin Munro, Professor of Audiology at the University of Manchester, to find out which simple home remedies, NHS and private options are available, and the unsafe methods to steer clear of.

Read his advice here

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