Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing Tests

Yes, everyone should have a hearing test. We usually suggest having your ears checked and tested once a year, like an eye test. This allows us to monitor the health of your ears and your hearing level.

 We usually suggest having your ears checked and tested once a year, like an eye test. This allows us to monitor the health of your ears and your hearing level.

At Hertford Hearing we offer two hearing tests:

  • 30-minute screening test in Hertford – £30
  • 90-minute full hearing assessment in Hertford – £90

At Hertford Hearing we only offer hearing tests for people over the age of 18. We are able to treat children from 5+ years old for microsuction wax removal. 

Absolutely! It is always better if you can bring someone with you to the appointment. Often your friends and family members identify your hearing loss before you will, and this means they can give us an important insight into your hearing ability and how it has been affecting you.

Earwax Removal

The time it takes for wax to build up is different for every one of us. Some people need it doing every month, others may be able to go years without having to have wax removed. We usually recommend visiting once a year to check the overall health of the ears, at this appointment we will check for wax and remove any excess wax, if necessary.

No. Your ears are self-cleaning. The more you try the clean them, the worse you can make it. Wax removal should always be performed by trained professionals to avoid any damage.

Earwax doesn’t usually cause problems, but if too much ear wax is produced it can lead to a blocked and painful ear. Repeated ear infections, flaky skin near your ear, or hair in your ear canals can also increase your risk of developing ear wax problems. To reduce your risk of developing problems, avoid putting objects into your ears, such as cotton buds, matchsticks and hairpins. As well as possibly damaging your ear canal or ear drum, sticking things in your ears can also cause earwax to become lodged in your ear canal.

Earwax is a waxy material produced by glands inside the ear. It cleans, lubricates and protects the lining of the ear by trapping dirt and repelling water. Earwax is slightly acidic and has anti-bacterial properties. Without earwax, the skin inside your ear would become dry, cracked, infected or waterlogged and sore. Earwax can be wet or dry, hard or soft.

Microsuction is the most modern, advanced, safest, and pain-free form of earwax removal. Microsuction is carried out with a high-grade surgical microscope to illuminate the ear and magnify the canal and ear drum, so that the ear care practitioner can observe every part of the outer ear in high definition. We then use a small vacuum to suck the wax out of the ear canal. This process takes 2-10 minutes for each ear.

We do offer ear syringing. However, it isn’t the preferred method. Syringing will only be used if the wax has been over softened and is too wet for the microscope to effectively remove.

We charge only £70 for an earwax removal appointment.

Yes, we are qualified to treat children from 5+ years old for microsuction wax removal.