Symptoms of ear wax build up
A build up of earwax in your ear can cause:
- Hearing loss
- Tinnitus (hearing sound from inside your body)
- Itchiness in or round the ear
- Ear infections
These problems will usually improve once the excess earwax has been removed.
*Please note, the practice no longer provides an ear syringing service*
Ear Drops alone will often clear a plug of wax. You can buy drops from the pharmacy. For example, sodium bicarbonate, almond oil or olive oil ear drops, all three work as well as each other. Do not use ear drops if you have a perforated eardrum (hole in your eardrum).
After applying ear drops for one week, if your symptoms continue, you can arrange an appointment at an Aural Care Clinic where a Specialist Aural Care Nurse will check your ears. Telephone Kingscross Hospital on 01382 596965, where they will arrange an appointment at a time and location acceptable to you.
Aural Care Clinics are held in:
Outpatient Department, Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre, Forfar
Abbey Health Centre, Arbroath
Outpatient Department, Arbroath Infirmary
Carnoustie Medical Group
Outpatient Department, Links Health Centre, Montrose
Monifieth Medical Practice
Outpatient Department, Stracathro Hospital
Self Referral for Hearing Assessment to Audiology
Aimed at individuals who are experiencing difficulty with their hearing, self referral is a direct route to Audiology for hearing assessment and provision of National Health Service hearing aids if required, you do not have to see your GP or Practice Nurse first. Hearing aids are provided free of charge by NHS Scotland.
You must be aged 18 and over and must not have any of the following symptoms:
- Pain in your ears
- Episodes of dizziness where you feel that you are spinning and you feel sick
- Sudden onset of hearing loss within the last 48 hours
If you do have any of these symptoms contact your GP.
How to self refer to Audiology
If you are eligible, telephone 01382 596965, where you will speak to a member of the Audiology team who will ask you questions to ensure that you are eligible and if you are, will arrange an appointment for you.
Their call centre hours are:
Monday to Friday
9:00 AM - 12.30 PM
1:30PM - 4:00 PM
(They are closed the last Tuesday afternoon of the month and on Tayside Public Holidays)
For further information or advice contact