Toe-curling footage shows the moment an audiologist extracted the ‘worst case’ of earwax that he has ever come across.
Neel Raithatha, from Leicester, spent 10 minutes trying to chisel a huge block of the yellow substance from a patient’s ear.
The procedure normally takes less than half that time, but it was made so 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 substance 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, who has 43,000 subscribers on YouTube, 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.
Neel Raithatha, from Leicester, spent 10 minutes trying to chisel a huge block of the yellow substance from a patient’s ear
The procedure normally takes less than half that time, but it was made so difficult because the wax was so deeply stuck it could not be sucked out
WHAT IS EARWAX BUILD UP?
Earwax usually falls out on its own, however, in some cases it can become blocked.
It cannot be prevented as the wax is there to protect ears from dirt and germs.
Using ear drops softens wax, which helps it to fall out and prevents blockages.
You are more likely to suffer if:
- You naturally produce more wax
- You have hairy or narrow ear canals
- You are elderly, as wax hardens with age
- You wear a hearing aid, headphones or ear buds as these push wax in further
Symptoms include earache, difficulty hearing, itchiness, dizziness, an ear infection and tinnitus.
These usually improve when the wax is removed, which occurs via using drops, or having the wax flushed or sucked out at a GP surgery.
Source: NHS Choices
‘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.’
Mr Raithatha has amassed more than 36 million views on YouTube since he began to upload his disgusting videos in 2013.
It comes after health officials declared in November that cotton buds should not be used to clean ears.
Inserting a bud could damage the ear and push wax further down, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The draft guidance also said ear syringing, in which a metal syringe is used to pump water manually into the ear to clear out wax, is potentially harmful.
Committee members agreed that buds may be a ‘hazard’ that can cause infections or push wax further into the ear canal.
The guideline said the ear canal is ‘self-cleaning’, with excess wax falling out on its own, and that the entrance to the ears can be cleaned with a damp flannel.