Who can perform ear wax removal in the UK?

In News by Dr Riaz Rampuri

Currently, the ear wax removal market is unregulated. Practically anyone can attend a two-day ear-cleaning training course and open a practice offering the service. Therefore, check the person’s qualifications, experience, and company values before using their service.

Several types of healthcare providers can perform ear wax removal, both in the healthcare system and in private practice. Here are some of the common providers:

  1. GPs: In some cases, GPs may offer ear wax removal services in NHS practices. However, this varies depending on local policies and resources.
  2. Audiologists: Audiologists are specialists trained in assessing and managing hearing and balance disorders. Many audiologists offer ear wax removal services using methods such as microsuction, irrigation, and manual removal.
  3. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialists: ENT specialists, also known as otolaryngologists, are medical doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating conditions of the ear, nose, and throat. They may perform ear wax removal as part of their practice, particularly for more complex cases or when ear wax removal is associated with underlying ear conditions.
  4. ENT Nurse Practitioners or Practice Nurses: They are highly trained in managing basic ENT conditions such as ear wax removal.

When choosing a provider for ear wax removal, ensure that they are qualified and experienced and use safe and effective techniques. If you have concerns about your ears or hearing, seek guidance from a healthcare professional who can provide personalised care and advice.