By Charlotte Regen
An audiologist was left waxing lyrical about the ‘world’s most difficult’ ear cleaning procedure – which he filmed in a toe-curling video.
Consultant audiologist Mr Neel Raithatha spent 10 minutes trying to chisel a huge block of earwax from a patient’s ear.
The procedure, which normally takes less than half that time, was made difficult because the wax was so deeply stuck it could not be sucked out.
Instead Mr Raithatha had to use an ear hook to scrape at the gooey wax and drag it out in chunks.
An audiologist with 10 years experience, he called the procedure the most difficult he had ever faced at his Hear Clinic surgery in Leicester.
Mr Raithatha said: “This client had extremely stubborn and impacted earwax.
“It’s not a serious health risk, except that a person’s hearing can be so badly affected they can no longer hear important environment sounds, such as oncoming traffic.
“It would have been impossible for the patient for remove the earwax by themselves because it was so severely impacted.
“Also it is not safe to do it by yourself and it should always be done by a professional.
“The whole procedure took me 10 minutes, which is rare. It normally only takes two or three.
“It was certainly the worst case of earwax build-up I have ever seen, and the patient was shocked by how much had come out.
“I believe the build-up came from years of accumulation and frequent use of cotton buds which is not advisable as it pushes the earwax further into the ear canal.”