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From 1st April 2018 we will no longer be doing routine ear syringing at the Practice except for patients that have been referred to the local Audiology Department and need to have their ears clear of wax before they attend their appointment. This is an 'extra' service that is not funded by NHS England and all the local surgeries across Adur and Worthing have decided to withdraw this service. Any concerns regarding the withdrawal of this service should be directed to:

Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, 1 The Causeway, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 6BT.

Tel: 01903 708400 or email contactus.coastal@nhs.net

What can you do if earwax builds up & causes symptoms?

Ear drops

Ear drops alone will often clear a plug of earwax.

Where do you get them?

Talk to your local pharmacist where you can buy drops. Commonly used drops include:

Olive oil

Almond oil

Sodium bicarbonate

Sodium chloride

What do you do?

Warm the drops to room temperature before using them (stand the bottle in the room for about half an hour)

Pour a few drops into the affected ear (affected ear to face up)

Stay like this for 2-3 minutes to allow the drops to soak into the earwax

To prevent the oil running out of the ear gently place a piece of cotton wool smeared with Vaseline into the ear (the Vaseline will ensure the oil works on the wax and does not just soak into the cotton wool). Repeat procedure on other ear if necessary

You may need to do this for 2 weeks or longer for it to work

If you are troubled by regular plugs of earwax you may wish to try using ear drops on a regular basis to see if this prevents the problem

Guidance adapted from https://patient.info/health/hearing-problems/earwax#nav-1

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What to expect?

The earwax is softened and it often breaks up if you put drops in 2-3 times a day for 3-7 days. Flakes or crusts of earwax often fall out bit by bit. You may not notice the wax as it comes out of your ear.

If ear drops don’t work, you should consider one of these non NHS local services who can remove your wax, which you will have to pay from £30 an ear or £60 for both:-

The Hearing Clinic

7 Downlands Parade, Upper Brighton Road, Worthing BN14 9JH

Phone: 01903 204521

www.thehearingclinicltd.com

Specsavers Opticians Worthing

61/63 Montague St, Worthing BN11 3BN

01903 215555

www.specsavers.co.uk

Sussex Audiology Centre

The Hove Clinic, 40 Wilbury Road, Hove BN3 3JP

01273 778977

313 Goring Road, Worthing, Goring by Sea BN12 4NX

01273 627090

Nuffield Health, Burrell Rd, Haywards Heath RH16 1UD

01273 778977

www.sussexaudiologycentre.co.uk

Sight and Sound

16 Queens Parade, North Road, Lancing, BN15 9BA

01903 753289

Info only - we cannot endorse these services

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