Specialist: Everybody has earwax and it is essential to protect the ear canal from infection.
Sometimes people produce too much earwax and in those instances we might have toremove it, as the ears can feel blocked or they feel they're not hearing as good as they normally would hear.
When you have problems with your ears you mightbe referred to Evelina London Children's Hospital.
When you come for your appointment you can bring all your family with you.
We're very friendly and we will make you feel comfortable and safe.
We have a microscope which we use to examine your ears and that's connected to a TV, so your family can see your ears being examined and wax being removed while they're with you at the appointment.
If we find you have wax in your ears, which is causing a problem, we will remove it.
We might remove this using a microsuction machine, it doesn't hurt and it's just a noisy tickle in the ears.
It'll be noisy, I'm not gonna hurt you or anything, and you can tell me to stop at any time, alright, put your hand up and just tell me to stop, and try not to move.
Alright, you ready? The machine tickles your ear and sucks out the wax, verysimilar to how a hoover would work. Look at that!
Patient: Feels nice!
Specialist: We might also use a little spoon that was made specially for the ears. Doesn't hurt, just a little tickle in your ear alright. And this just tickles out a little bit of wax or debris that you might have in the ears.
Sometimes the wax is very hard and we will use an olive oil spray to soften it in clinic.
If you find that you do suffer with wax buildup, the most important thing is not to fiddle with your ears, so you must never clean your ears using a cotton bud or stick anything in your ears.
Don't even do that, alright, so no fiddling at all.
The minute you feel itchy, one spray of the olive oil spray once a week in both ears can help reduce the amount of wax you build up and also help to controlany itching.
Thank you for coming guys. Wasn't so bad was it?