Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted by glands which line the ear. It is a naturally occurring substance in the ear canal and helps to keep ears healthy and prevent infection. In most cases, ear wax works its way out of the ear on its own however, if it is blocking the ear canal and causing hearing loss, pain or discomfort it may need removing.
Only a professional can determine whether earwax should be removed so don’t attempt to remove earwax at home, even with remedies that promise to be safe and effective. Doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, your hearing. It’s important not to use a cotton swab, a finger, or anything else to poke inside the ear because of the risk of damaging the delicate ear canal and eardrum, or packing the wax in even further, which could cause infection.
Hidden Hearing offers a free ear wax removal service to persons over 60 years of age and at a special discounted rate of €50 for those under 60. Check www.hiddenhearing.ie for further details.
The procedure is performed by a Hearing Care Professional who has received specialist training in both ear irrigation and dry mopping from Aston University in Birmingham.
Speaking about the service, Hidden Hearing Marketing Manager, Dolores Madden said: “We are delighted to be offering this service to our customers as we see a lot of people in our clinics with ear wax build-up. In many cases, an aural issue will not be hearing loss related, but simply a build-up of too much ear wax. However, if left untreated excessive ear wax can cause hearing loss and interfere with a hearing test or the use of a hearing aid. Until now the options have been expensive costing up to €60 but now Hidden Hearing offers a free solution for over 60s and a discounted rate for those under 60.”
Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.