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. Aural microsuction is the removal of ear wax.
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 or hearing aids.
Proposed revisions to the eligibility criteria
The CCG proposes to Not Routinely Fund removal of ear wax in secondary care unless there are exceptional clinical circumstances to indicate that the wax cannot be removed or managed in primary care and/ or in the community ENT services available. For patients requiring Aural Microsuction in secondary care, the CCG will only fund the treatment, if an Individual Funding Request (IFR) application proves exceptional clinical need.