Ear syringing should only be used as a last resort as it is an invasive procedure that can carry risks.
It may be possible for you to prevent wax build up by a regular maintenance of weekly Olive Oil (as described below).
If wax has built up, 7-14 days of Olive Oil drops may avoid the need for ear syringing, as it can encourage expulsion of wax on its own. Drops should be instilled two to three times a day for a minimum of one week, preferably two. The wax is softened and it often breaks up after using the drops. Flakes or crusts usually fall out bit by bit.
To do this successfully, you must:
- Lie on your side and fill the ear canal with Olive Oil (8 drops).
- Pull the top of that ear backwards and upwards, and gently massage just in front of the ear.
- Stay lying in this position for 10 – 15 minutes, then get up and wipe away excess oil
Before having your ears syringed, please mention to the Nurse if you have had surgery to your ears or perforated ear drum.
During the ear syringing, please inform the Nurse immediately if the water is either too hot or too cold, or if you experience pain.
Ear syringing can cause dizziness. Potential risks include:
- Trauma to the ears
- Minor infection
- Chronic infection
- Acute and chronic tinnitus
- Perforation of ear drum and deafness
Please dry your ears thoroughly after syringing.