Outer Ear Disease


Outer Ear Canal Conditions include:

  • Wax removal. This includes blockage, impaction, and occlusion. The outer third of the ear canal
    contains “secretions” and “sebum” found in glands in the root of the hair follicles at the canal entrance.
    Wax is secreted for protection, and keeps the canal acidic, helping to prevent infection. It also acts as a collection point for debris, dust and dirt. Generally it migrates out on its own. Blockage causes a temporary hearing reduction which generally resolves after wax removal. Infection can also occur behind the wax. Micro-suction removal is now the safest and suggested option for this problem (syringing is no longer recommended). Please do not use oil or commercial wax softeners prior to the visit to my clinic.
  • Otitis Externa is an infection of the skin of the ear canal and is very common. Some people are more prone. Common symptoms include itch, ear discharge, temporary dulled hearing, oedema (swelling) and pain. Your ear may feel blocked or full. One or both ears can be affected. Microscopic examination and suction clears bacterial debris allowing topical drops to be more effective bringing early resolution.
  • Otomycosis (fungal infection) Predisposing factors include moisture (swimming / showering) and the most characteristic finding on microscopic ear examination is the presence of greyish white thick debris known as “wet blotting paper”. Most fungal ear infections are caused by Aspergillus niger and Candida Albicans (yeast), and can be extremely itchy. Hearing aids can also generate fungal infections if not cleaned properly.
  • Keratosis Obturans is the buildup of extra skin cells and flakey skin in the ear canal. It may be associated with pain or mild hearing loss.

These conditions need to be seen for assessment and treatment.

Not to be used in ears at any time = cotton buds, paperclips, hairclips, matchsticks, keys, cuticle sticks, screwdrivers etc…….. Remember the old saying: – “don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.”


Contact Details

Clinic Address :
Level 1; 139 Remuera Road,
Remuera, Auckland 1050
Parking: Entrance 3, Dilworth Avenue side of the building
Phone Kimberly: 09 834 4446
Email: Barbara.chopchop@gmail.com
Hours: 9am – 4pm,Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am -4pm; alternate Saturday Mornings 9am - 12pm (check on Ezybook or phone my booking clerk.)

My Charges are :
First visit: $55.00 / Gold Card First visit $50.00
Follow Up: $50.00
Children & University Students: $40.00