53% of respondents in a Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine article* said they used cotton buds to clean their ears. Up to 20% of respondents disagreed with the statements that cotton buds can cause infections, wax impaction or perforations.
Ear wax build-up and blockage often happens when you use items like cotton buds or bobby pins to try to clean your ears. This only pushes ear wax further into your ear and can cause temporary hearing loss or injury to your ear. Other procedures such as ear syringing has higher risks of ear drum trauma and ear infections.
We use specialised equipment that removes wax by a process called microsuction. Very fine and delicate instruments, including a miniature vacuum cleaner, safely and effectively remove your ear wax and help you hear again. For your well-being we also give you a hearing screening if required.
*Hobson JC, Lavy JA. Use and abuse of cotton buds. J R SocMed 2005; 98(8): 360–361.
Before and after wax removal by microsuction.