Around 25% of the UK population have a moderate-to-severe ear wax issue which requires treatment. Despite this, some treatments such as wax removal via irrigation are no longer available as a free service. There is a growing need for this provision, yet on average, patients have to wait 12-16 weeks to access wax removal services on the NHS.
Hearing loss will overtake diabetes and cataracts as one of the top 10 UK disease burdens by 2030. For younger people, hearing loss can affect their education and social life. For older people, it can lead to social isolation, dementia and an increased risk of falls. For everyone, it matters.