When should you get your ears syringed? The stock answer could be, when you think that your hearing is partially blocked. However, that is not really quite the right answer, the reason being that if you simply go and see your GP, he/she will recommend softening the wax by taking ear-drops for 3 to 4 days before attempting to wash the wax out.
Why your ears manufacture wax
Ear wax (cerumen) is a natural product produced in the ear canal. Its job is to protect the ear canal by trapping bacteria, dirt, fungi and insects, preventing them infecting your ear. Some people naturally manufacture more ear wax than others, and this can create a build-up known as a wax plug.
Pre-softening ear wax
Before you consider going and getting your ears syringed, you should buy bespoke ear drops from a pharmacy. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, you will usually be instructed by your GP or the clinic you attend to soften up the wax first, by using such ear-drops.
You can also use olive oil which you should warm before putting into your ear. Once the oil or oil-drops are in your ear, you should push a small plug of cotton-wool into the ear to prevent the oil from running out.
Ear-drops are not suitable for everyone. If you have an ear problem (for example a perforated ear-drum) bespoke ear-drops can harm your ear. The best thing to do is to chat to your local pharmacist first, before buying anything.
Why and when should you get your ears syringed?
The one thing that you should not do is to try and dig the wax out with your finger or a cotton bud. This only serves to push the wax deeper into the ear canal.
Various methods of clearing an ear-wax build-up
The most popular method of clearing a build-up of ear wax is to have the offending ear syringed. The technical name for this is ear irrigation. The syringe used is no more than a fine water pistol which is used to deliver warm water under pressure into the ear to wash out the wax.
Alternative methods of getting rid of a build-up of wax include:
- Eardrops – Can remove light build-ups of wax and for use as a pre-treatment prior to irrigation
- Irrigation – As described above
- Micro-suction – Small device used to suck the wax out of the ear
- Aural-toilet – Small device incorporating a hoop at one end used to scrape out excess wax
When should you get your ears syringed and where?
So in answer to the question of when should you get your ear syringed – the answer is as soon as possible, once you’ve softened the wax over 3 or 4 days.
If you want it doing quickly (which most people do because the partial deafness can be irritating and uncomfortable) use our walk-in service which is very popular. If you want to phone ahead to book an appointment, you call you can do so by calling 020 7638 4330.
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