Letter to Editor: Support for RNID ear wax campaign

Health / Sat 27th Jan 2024 at 05:29pm

Dear Editor,

I AM writing to support RNID’s ear wax campaign and share my personal experience of struggling to get ear wax removal. I have had to go to Specsavers twice in the last few years to have ear wax removed as I have an ear problem. My Harlow doctors does not provide help anymore for it.

It is estimated that around 2.3 million people a year in the UK require their ear wax to be removed by a professional. Ear wax build up can cause painful and distressing symptoms – such as hearing loss, tinnitus and debilitating earache – yet RNID’s new report highlights the horrifying reality that far too many people are unable to access this essential service on the NHS.

RNID’s report shows that only 18 out of 40 Integrated Care Boards, the commissioners of most NHS services, are meeting public health guidelines by providing ear wax removal services for everyone in their area. 15 provide a limited service, or use restrictive criteria, and 7 don’t provide any service at all. This means thousands of people like me face avoidable hearing loss, tinnitus and earache because they can’t get ear wax removed on the NHS.

It is unacceptable that people are facing long-delays and costly private appointments because local Integrated Care Boards are not delivering. You can find out more about RNID’s ear wax campaign by visiting rnid.org.uk/earwax

RNID need your support. As someone who experiences ear wax build up, I am joining RNID in calling on the Department of Health and Social Care for an urgent review of ear wax removal services for people who are failing to get the care they need on the NHS. The problem is certainly clear – people who need ear wax removal must be able to access this service on the NHS, regardless of where they live.

Best wishes,

Sean Ockenden, Harlow

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4 Comments for Letter to Editor: Support for RNID ear wax campaign:

Trevor PYLE
2024-01-27 17:43:23

Instead of being able to have eat wax removed at ypur GP at no cost, sufferers like myself now have to pay £60 at Boots or other private operators. It is a scandal. Yet another Tory innovation.

2024-01-28 08:28:42

It obviously explains why most politicians / ministers/ MPs / County / local Cllrs can't hear what residents say.

elizabeth brown
2024-01-28 13:37:42

I have just had ear wax removed. I had the choice of NHS or private procedure but because I needed it quickly before having hearing aids fitted, I chose to go private. I was given a prompt appointment, by the Specsavers store in Hoddesdon High Street for the audiology centre in Limes Court. Hoddesdon and was very pleased with the service, which cost £55. I would go there again in a few year's time, if it is necessary. It was not an easy business to find. The best way is to go is via the footpath from the high street, opposite Fawkon Walk Follow the footpath into Limes Court, which takes you right outside Specsavers ear centre.

2024-01-29 15:10:21

I suffer with ear wax build up in one ear. There's nothing that works to prevent the build up. Its a disgrace this is no longer offered. It's privatisation drip by drip

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