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Blocked Ears

Blocked Ears?

About an earwax build-up

Earwax is produced inside your ears to keep them clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears.

What can cause an earwax build-up?

Some people regularly get blocked ears because they naturally produce a lot of earwax.

Other factors that can increase the risk of too much earwax include:

  • producing naturally hard or dry earwax
  • having narrow or hairy ear canals (the tube between the opening of the ear and the eardrum)
  • being elderly, as earwax becomes drier with age
  • bony growths in the outer part of the ear canal

Earwax can also block your ear if you frequently insert objects into your ear canal, such as cotton buds, ear plugs, in ear speakers and hearing aids.


A build-up of earwax in your ear can cause:

  • earache
  • hearing loss
  • tinnitus (hearing sounds from inside your body)
  • itchiness in or around the ear
  • vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • ear infections

These problems will usually improve once the excess earwax has been removed.

What to do if you think your ear is blocked

Never try to remove a build-up of earwax yourself with your fingers, a cotton bud or any other object. This can damage your ear and push the wax further down.

Contact us via the phone or via email to book an appointment with our Audiologist as they will be able to advise on the treatment needed and in most cases remove the ear wax for you on first appointment. Many suggest using ear drops however we suggest not to do this prior to your appointment as this can make removal harder and take longer.

Don’t try to scrape out the earwax with your finger or an object inserted into your ear, as this this can make the problem worse.

Blocked Ears2022-06-29T12:29:53+00:00


Hyperacusis is a life-altering hearing condition that causes one to experience loudness intolerance or increased sensitivity to noise. It’s typically a condition that someone is not born with but develops, either gradually or suddenly



Tinnitus can be defined as a sound or sounds that can be heard which are not from an external source. This can be the sound of whistling, ringing or even like tyre pressure releasing. Tinnitus is subjective and diverse to each individual.

The diversity of Tinnitus can range from:
* Pitch – Low, high or multiple tones
* Consistency – Continuous, intermittent, trigger based
*Pulsatile – Sound of your heartbeat or pulse
*Onset – Sudden or gradual
* Sounds – single, multiple or fluctuating

At Comlete Eyecare and Hearing Care, we understand that Tinnitus can be bothersome and provide a barrier to your lifestyle. Here, we provides a range of innovative Tinnitus treatments to assess your needs and find the best therapy for you.

Our specialist audiologist can provide an assessment and devise a suitable treatment plan for your Tinnitus, Hearing loss and Hyperacusis, using evidence based therapies that are showing positive results to Tinnitus Rehabilitation

Tinnitus is investigated during our comprehesive diagnostics apointments. Call us to book in today.

£69.00 consultation fee


Our Privacy Policy and The Information We Hold About You

Our Privacy Policies to Safeguard Your Data (GDPR)

How we look after and safeguard information about you

Complete Eyecare and our staff are members of your local healthcare team. They aim to provide you with the highest quality of healthcare. To do this they need to keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide to you. We know that you value your privacy and the security of personal information held about you.

Information recorded

Information recorded may include:

Basic details about you, such as address, date of birth, next of kin;
details of your spectacle or contact lens prescription;
details of glasses or contact lenses supplied to you;
other details and notes about your health and medical treatment;
records of medicines you have been prescribed by your doctor;
information relevant to your continued care from other people who care for you and know you well, such as other health professionals and relatives.

As part of providing a professional, safe and efficient service, there is certain information that we record. This includes details about your ocular health, your general health, advice given and referrals made to other health professionals. This information won’t be shared with anyone else except under the circumstances described below in ‘Sharing Information’.

Sharing Information

The information held about you will not be shared for any reason, unless:

You ask us to do so;
We ask and you give us specific permission;
We are permitted by law, for example where public interest overrides the need to keep the information confidential.

The types of people we may ask you for permission to share information with include your doctors (GP and hospital) and other health professionals.

Anyone who receives information from us also has a legal duty to keep this information confidential, subject to recognised exceptions of the types listed above. Important Notice

Following an eye examination (or on completion of a contact lens fitting) patients will be given a copy of their prescription (specification). Copies of both the above documents can be issued after this time but for the safeguard of our patients the following should be noted:

  • The document will need to be signed by the prescribing optician. He or she may be available on the same day, but the signature may be delayed until the optician is next in the practice.
  • Details will not be given out over the phone, this is for both security and the elimination of transcription errors.
  • Under no circumstances will patient details be given out to a 3rd party unless under strict written authorization of the patient concerned.

Your Rights

You have the right to confidentiality under the GDPR, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the common law duty of confidence (the Disability Discrimination and the Race Relations Acts may also apply). We also comply with the NHS Code of Practice on Confidentiality and optical practices have a requirement under their professional Code of Ethics to keep records about you confidential, secure and accurate.

All of our staff contracts of employment contain a requirement to keep patient information confidential.

Our guiding principle is that we hold your records in strict confidence.

Your right to view your health record

You have the right to ask for a copy of all our records about you.

You will need to give adequate information in order for optical staff to identify you (for example, full name, address and date of birth).

If you think any information we hold on you is inaccurate or incorrect, please let us know.

Our general data protection policy is set out below;

All personal data will be relevant and lawfully collected

Data shall only be held and used for lawful purposes

Data held on a specific patient will not be disclosed unless under written permission from the said patient

Every effort will be made to ensure data is accurate and up to date

An individual shall be entitled:

  • at reasonable intervals and without undue delay or expense
  • to be informed by any Data User whether he holds personal data of which that individual is the subject
  • to have access to any such data held by a Data user; and where appropriate, to have such data corrected or erased.


A request for access to personal data must be made in writing subject to any applicable exemption. A copy of information held both on manual record and computer will be provided, we do not charge for this unless it is a duplicate of information already provided. We are required to respond to your request within 21 days.


As a registered opticians we adhere to the timeframes set out by the General Optical Council in regards to the length of time your records are kept on file. After the timeframes set out by the GOC, if we have not seen you in practice for an examination, your records and data will be removed from our systems and record cards destroyed.

Our Privacy Policy and The Information We Hold About You2018-04-30T09:59:52+00:00
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