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 Services Ear Health and Hearing Screening


Ear Health and Hearing Screening

With every appointment, I provide comprehensive ear health and hearing screening services. I personally assess your ear health and hearing abilities to identify any potential issues or concerns.

Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

At Wendy Brown Ear Care, I specialise in microsuction ear wax removal. I, as the sole experienced specialist, use state-of-the-art equipment (Tympa) and techniques to gently and effectively remove excess ear wax. Click the button to learn more.

Ear Irrigation/Syringing

Under certain circumstances, the use of irrigation, traditionally known as syringing, may be necessary. Our thorough evaluation during your appointment ensures alignment with your unique needs. Your well-being guides our decision-making process.

Care Home & Home Visits

Introducing a comprehensive solution for maintaining optimal hearing health in care and residential homes throughout the Carlisle/Cumbria area. I specialise in offering regular check-ups, advanced hearing screening, and proactive measures to prevent hearing loss. I am dedicated to ensuring the well-being of residents by providing faster diagnosis and timely interventions. With state-of-the-art equipment and compassionate approach, I strive to enhance the quality of life for individuals in care and residential settings. Trust me to be your reliable partner in preserving and safeguarding the precious gift of hearing.

My Approach

At Wendy Brown Ear Care, I am passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal ear health and hearing abilities. I am an experienced specialist and dedicated to providing personalised and compassionate care to each and every patient. From the state-of-the-art equipment to home visits and comfortable and welcoming environments, I strive to make your experience with us as stress-free as possible. Click here to book an appointment and experience the Wendy Brown Ear Care difference.

"Good ear health is not just about hearing the world around you; it's about truly living in harmony with it. Protecting your ears means safeguarding your connections to music, laughter, conversations, and the symphony of life itself. Don't take sound for granted—cherish it, nurture it, and let it shape the vibrant tapestry of your existence".

Wendy Brown

My Approach
  • What is Ear Wax
    Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a waxy substance naturally produced by glands in the ear canal. It serves a vital role in protecting and maintaining the health of the ear. Earwax helps trap dust, dirt, and other particles, preventing them from reaching the sensitive inner ear. Additionally, it possesses antibacterial and lubricating properties, keeping the ear canal moisturised and preventing dryness and irritation.
  • Why might ear wax need removing?
    Earwax typically doesn't require routine removal as it serves important functions in protecting the ear. However, there are situations where earwax may need to be removed: Earwax Blockage: Sometimes, earwax can accumulate and form a blockage, leading to symptoms like earache, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or a feeling of fullness in the ear. In such cases, removing the excess wax can help restore normal hearing and alleviate discomfort. Impacted Earwax: When earwax becomes impacted, it means it is tightly packed and unable to naturally move out of the ear. This can occur due to factors like narrow ear canals, excessive wax production, or improper cleaning methods. Impacted earwax can cause significant hearing loss and may require professional removal. Preparation for Ear Examination: If a healthcare professional needs to examine the ear canal or perform diagnostic procedures, such as a tympanometry or ear irrigation, it may be necessary to remove any excessive earwax that could obstruct the view or interfere with the procedure.
  • What is Microsuction?
    Microsuction is a safe and effective method used for removing excess earwax and blockages from the ear canal. It involves using a specialised device called a microsuction probe, which gently and precisely suctions out the accumulated earwax. Unlike traditional ear syringing, which involves flushing water into the ear, microsuction is a dry procedure that minimises the risk of discomfort or complications. By utilising magnification and illumination, healthcare professionals can perform microsuction with enhanced accuracy, ensuring a thorough and gentle cleaning of the ear. It is a widely recommended technique for individuals who experience wax build-up, blockages, or discomfort in their ears, providing quick relief and restoring optimal hearing.
  • Do I need to soften the wax before my visit?
    Prior to the appointment you will be advised to apply olive oil preferably EAROL, two drops/sprays, two times a day for 3 - 5 days. This helps soften the wax ready for ear wax removal.
  • Does ear wax removal hurt?
    The procedure is unlikely to be painful. The main thing that patients will notice is the sound of the suction probe, which you’ll soon become used to. We use extra fine tips for the suction of any ear wax very close to the drum to avoid excessive exposure to suction noise.
  • How long does the procedure take?
    Microsuction on both ears typically takes 20 minutes. To ensure the procedure is performed efficiently, it is important to stay as still as possible. The ear canal is small and close to the eardrum, so even small movements can blur the image and prolong the procedure.
  • Can I have Microsuction done on a perforated eardrum?
    Microsuction is the safest way to remove earwax for people with certain ear conditions. These conditions include hearing loss, tinnitus, a perforated eardrum, grommets, previous ear surgery, mucous discharge from the ear, acute otitis externa, or a foreign body in the ear.
  • What other services do you offer?
    Under certain Circumstances it may be necessary to use irrigation (traditionally known as syringing). This will be assessed and discussed at the appointment.
  • How much does Microsuction ear wax removal cost?
    At any of the clinics, a standalone ear screening and hearing test is priced at £35. If excess wax is detected, the cost is £50 for one ear or £55 for both ears. For home visits, the fee is £65, with an additional charge for mileage if you reside outside a 15-mile radius from our clinic in Wreay.
  • Can children have Microsuction?
    Microsuction is a gentle and effective way to remove earwax in young children. Children should be at least 6 years old and able to lie still for 20 minutes to undergo microsuction. If your child is younger or less cooperative, we can use other instruments to remove the earwax.
  • Where are your clinics?
    On Mondays, you can find me at Alevere (formerly Silverlink) - The Orchards, Carleton, Carlisle, CA1 3DZ. Alevere - For the rest of the week, I'm based at Holly Cottage in Wreay, Carlisle, CA4 0RL. I offer flexible same-day appointments to suit your needs. Holly Cottage -
  • Do you do provide home visits?
    For home visits, the fee is £65, with an additional charge for mileage if you reside outside a 15-mile radius from our clinic at Holly Cottage in Wreay. I cover Carlisle/Penrith/Wigton & Brampton Areas
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