Can excessive ear wax cause Tinnitus?

When a person experiences a ringing, buzzing, or whistling in their ear, they may be experiencing some form of Tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a condition but an actual symptom related to hearing loss.

In some cases, tinnitus can be caused by age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) or exposure to loud noises. One of the most frequent reasons for hearing loss relates to the build-up of compacted wax.

When the wax becomes compacted, it can affect your hearing in several ways. The pressure build-up from excessive wax can stimulate the nerves in your inner ear. Furthermore, if a large volume of wax becomes compacted, the wax can cause an obstruction causing some level of hearing loss.

Before removing compacted wax, the Audiologist will conduct a physical examination of your ears and speak about the sensations you are experiencing. Once the Audiologist has identified compacted wax, the process of Microsuction wax removal can begin.

The Audiologist starts the process by using removing the wax using a small suction. This suction removes the wax safely without the use of irrigation.

Will Microsuction improve my Tinnitus?

If compacted wax was the source of your tinnitus, The Audiologist starts the process by removing the wax using a small suction. If your symptoms included a feeling of fullness in your ear or pressure, most likely compacted wax has been the cause of your tinnitus.

If your tinnitus has not improved after removing the compacted and there is no visible obstructions, the Audiologist will recommend a hearing test.

If a hearing loss is detected, we then need to establish if it is outer, middle or inner ear hearing loss. Our Audiologist can advise on some possible treatments for your tinnitus for you to try.

We offer weekly Microsuction wax removal clinics with prices starting from €50 for one ear or €75 for both. If you are concerned about your hearing we will always recommend a full hearing test to distinguish if you are experiencing hearing loss.

How Microsuction Works

Our Audiologist John explains how Microsuction wax removal works and completes a demonstration.