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There has been a recent surge in Beauticians, Aesthetics practitioners, Hairdressers and other such places offering ear wax removal following just a 1 or 2 day training course!
This is of concern to the medics and a campaign has been launched to help clamp down on non accredited courses and for a register to help people find a fully qualified, registered practitioner.
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AIHHP launches blocked ears campaign | ENT & Audiology News (

People suffering from a build-up of ear wax are not entitled to have their ears syringed on the NHS in England, a government minister has confirmed.

Edward Argar said it was no longer one of the core services GPs are obliged to provide.

But he said if the wax was linked to hearing loss GPs could refer sufferers to "audiology services," which can provide hearing aids.

He was responding to an inquiry from Tory MP Andrew Rosindell.

Traditionally, wax was removed by the use of water injected into the ear with a large metal syringe.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which approves treatments for the NHS, now advises GP surgeries to use electronic irrigators or suction devices. If that repeatedly fails, the patient can be referred to "a specialist ear care service or an ear, nose and throat service".

Removal of ear wax is not on the list of core services surgeries must offer, although some groups of local surgeries, or "local clinical commissioning groups", band together to pay for them.

Ear syringing at private clinics can cost around £80.

Mr Rosindell asked why the service was "no longer routinely available" and what economic impact this will have on elderly people or those with hearing loss.

The Romford MP had been contacted by a constituent who felt that they should not have to pay for what they regarded as a medical necessity.

Mr Argar told him: "The provision of ear syringing is an example of an enhanced service. If a local clinical commissioning group has decided not to commission an enhanced service, this may relate to population needs and value for money.

"If the build-up of earwax is linked with hearing loss, then the GP practice could consider referring the patient into audiology services."

Hearing loss and dementia: how are they linked?

Hearing loss and dementia can often occur together as we get older, and have an impact on each other. We know they are linked in several ways, but we don’t know exactly how. We’re funding vital research to find out more.

Hearing loss as a risk factor for dementia 

There is strong evidence to show that:

  • mild hearing loss doubles the risk of developing dementia

  • moderate hearing loss leads to three times the risk

  • severe hearing loss increases the risk five times. 

But can steps be taken to reduce or avoid this risk? An international review in medical journal The Lancet, published in 2017, suggested that hearing loss is one of nine key risk factors for dementia that are possibly modifiable (factors that can be changed to reduce dementia risk).

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