Ear irrigation may be recommended if, after using ear drops, the earwax blockage persists.
It is an effective way of removing wax from the external ear. And it improves hearing where impacted wax has built up.
Ear Irrigation involves using a pressurised flow of water to remove the build-up of ear wax. Nowadays, an electronic ear irrigator should always be used, rather than a metal syringe, to avoid causing damage to the ear. The irrigator has a variable pressure control, so that syringing can be started at the minimum pressure.
Clients are usually seated during the procedure, whilst a controlled flow of water (which is around body temperature) is squirted into their ear canal, in order to 'clean' out the ear wax. The ear may need to be held at different angles, in order to straighten the ear canal, to ensure that the water jet reaches all areas. During the procedure, the health professional will look inside the ear a number of times using an auriscope (instrument for examining the ear), to check whether the wax is coming out.
Ear Irrigation is a painless procedure, but sometimes clients may experience a strange sensation in their ear as the water jet is squirted around the ear canal. Always keep the person who is irrigating your ear informed if, during or after irrigation, you experience pain, dizziness, vertigo, or hearing loss.
If irrigation proves unsuccessful at removing your earwax, then your GP may recommend one of the following
Hopi ear candles are a very old traditional treatment. They can benefit people with many different conditions such as extreme ear wax and sinus congestion. It is performed by a practitioner that will place a lit hollow candle into the ear as far as is comfortable. The lit candle acts as a gentle vacuum during out the wax from the ears.
Hopi ear candles are not suitable for anyone with an ear infection or who have recently undergone ear surgery. Your practitioner will take a subjective assessment to make sure treatment is warranted.
Warm water is directed onto the back of the ear to release the build-up of Wax.
No. It feels the same as when you get water in your ear whilst showering.
To remove impacted wax, improve hearing, or remove a cause of discomfort.
You should also not have irrigation if the ear to be treated is your only hearing ear, as there is a small chance that irrigation could cause permanent deafness.
Young children who are uncooperative should also not have irrigation.