BRAVE SMILES: Three-year-old Tayla Cameron has her ears checked by registered nurse Esther Palmer.
BRAVE SMILES: Three-year-old Tayla Cameron has her ears checked by registered nurse Esther Palmer. MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN

New service offers gentle ear wax removal

WHEN Esther Palmer had to take her son to Bundaberg several times in one week to have ear wax removed, she saw a gap in Gladstone's health services.

The registered nurse has since completed nationally accredited training, qualifying her to use a non-invasive micro-suction technique to remove ear wax.

The technique is a safe alternative to syringing, which some children can't have done if they have grommets.

These ear wax removal clinics are common in England and New Zealand, where Ms Palmer is from, and have been for a number of years.

Open Ears is the name of Ms Palmer's clinic.

She has based herself in the Boyne Island Family Medical Centre, but anyone can make an appointment, and general practitioners can make referrals from any medical centre.

"Knowing there is a really good technique that is gentle is so important," she said.

"It's a method that is used in ENT (Ears Nose Throat) surgery and it's safe because I'm looking through binocular glasses so I'm not going in blind."

Ms Palmer said there were a number of reasons to use the service, which could range from six-monthly to annual ear wax removal depending on the individual's situation.

"You get people who wear hearing aids, those whose aids are squealing, they're not working because of wax build-up.

"People who are going for a hearing test and may find they're not hearing well, it can be from wax build-up.

"It just depends if you're a big producer of wax. Otherwise you can come and get a blockage or foreign object removed - hopefully a once-off."

The service has recently opened with appointment times from 9am to 2pm Monday and Tuesday, with a view to increase times in the future.

Phone 4973 7717 for more details.



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