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Foreign Bodies - Ear Wax Removal

It can be scary to get something stuck inside your ear, or for a creepy crawly to works its way into your ear canal.


Rest assured we often have same day appointments available. If you feel this is an emergency, please give us a call for free advice and if an appointment is required we can also book you in over the phone.

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Objects Stuck in Your Ears - Glasgow & Edinburgh

First and foremost, it's crucial to remain calm and resist the urge to extract the foreign object on your own, as this could lead to severe pain or inflict lasting harm.

For non-urgent situations, if you believe the foreign object does not require immediate attention, we encourage you to visit our Book Online page. There, you can schedule an appointment at a time that aligns with your schedule. This approach ensures that the removal is handled safely and professionally, minimizing the risk of complications.

In urgent cases, where there's uncertainty or a pressing need to have the foreign object removed promptly, we urge you to contact us directly by phone. Our team is available to provide free guidance and support over the phone. We prioritise your health and well-being and are here to assist you in making the best decision regarding the removal of the foreign object. We can also check for any same day appointments over the phone.

If you do not see availability online, please contact us by phone as sometimes we can accommodate extra appointments.

Most Common Foreign Objects in our Clinics

The top five most common foreign objects that we remove from patients ears;

  1. Cotton Swab Tips: Often, when patients are using cotton buds, the tip of a cotton swab detach and remain lodged in the ear canal, posing risks of irritation or infection. (cotton buds should never be used inside the ear)

  2. Beads: Small, colourful beads are particularly attractive to children and can easily be inserted into the ear during play, leading to potential blockages.

  3. Insects: It's not uncommon for small insects to crawl into the ear canal, especially in environments where insects are prevalent or while sleeping outdoors.

  4. Small Toys or Toy Parts: Tiny toy components are just the right size to get lodged in a child's ear.

  5. Hearing Aid Parts: Parts of hearing aids, such as batteries or small components, can become dislodged and stuck, especially with frequent use or improper handling.

These instances display the importance of seeking professional advice from our medically trained staff to help for safe removal, to avoid damaging the sensitive inner ear structures.

What our patients have to say

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Don't suffer in silence. We often have same day appointments available and are open 7 days. Lets get you hearing again!

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