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Sarum House Surgery
 Sarum House Surgery

Reception: (01432) 265422
Prescriptions (01432) 271736
Fax: (01432) 271 610
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Ear Syringing/Ear Care

If there is a build-up of wax in your ear(s) please read the following self-help guide.


What is ear wax?

Ear wax is normal and is produced to form a protective coating over the skin in the ear canal. Ears are normally self-cleaning – the movement of your jaw whilst eating and talking helps to move the wax along the canal where it will usually fall out naturally without you noticing. Sometimes wax can build up in the ear canal. 

 

 




Why is my ear blocked with wax?

The amount of ear wax produced varies from person to person; some people produce excessive amounts which can lead to a blockage in the ear canal.

You are more likely to develop a blockage of wax in the canal if you:

  • use cotton ear buds to clean the ear as this pushes the wax deeper into the canal
  • wear a hearing aid, ear plugs or use in-ear speakers for i-pods or similar - as these can all interfere with the natural process of wax expulsion
  • have abnormally narrow ear canals
  • have a particularly hairy ear canal
  • are elderly – because the ear wax you produce is drier and harder
  • have a dry skin problem such as eczema or psoriasis

Advice to help you manage and prevent ear wax blockage

Ear wax only becomes a problem if it causes deafness or discomfort. If you experience any of the following, you should seek advice from one of nurses at Sarum House Surgery:

  • pain
  • discharge or bleeding from the ear
  • sudden deafness or buzzing
  • foreign bodies in the ear
  • dizziness

If you are not experiencing any of the above, we recommend that you manage the blockage as following:

 

 

Olive Oil Drops
The following needs to be done 2-3 times daily for 21 days.

  • Lie on your side with the affected ear uppermost
  • Pull the outer ear gently backwards and upwards to straighten the ear canal
  • Put 2-3 drops of olive oil into the affected ear(s) and gently massage just in front of the ear
  • Stay laying on your side to allow the wax to soak in for around 10 mins
  • Afterwards, wipe away any excess oil but do not plug your ear with cotton wool as this simply absorbs the oil

Your hearing problem may initially worsen after first starting to use the olive oil drops; this is why we advise you to concentrate on treating one ear at a time if both ears are blocked with wax.

In most cases, after 21 days, the wax will have softened sufficiently to encourage the wax to come out without further intervention. However, if you feel your hearing is still impaired, please make an appointment with a doctor for further advice and management. 

 
     

If your ears are regularly becoming blocked with wax, after clearing the blockage we will usually suggest you use olive oil drops as above around once per week to keep the wax soft and encourage the natural process of wax expulsion.

 

Ear Syringing – Is no longer performed at this Practice. Although the risks are low and our nurses are specially trained to perform this procedure, there is still a small chance (thought to be around 1 in 1000) of complications occurring - such as a perforated ear drum, middle ear infection, external canal infection or causing ringing in the ear (tinnitus). 

 

If you do have stubborn ear wax then you may be suitable for a referral to ENT.  (Please be aware that there may be a significant wait for an appointment).

 

Alternatively, there are other options that you could consider*:

  • HearWell offer a private service which includes Microsuction – 01432 623090 www.hearwell.org.uk They also offer a mobile service. (from October 2016)
  • Nuffield - 01432 818664 - www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals
  • Scott Wroe Hearing: Offer a microsuction and wax removal service: 6 Blackfriars Street, Hereford, HR4 9HS – 01432 367861
*Please note that inclusion in the above list does not constitute an endorsement of services offered and patients should make their own decision about where to seek treatment.

 

 

 


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