Ear irrigation / syringing

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Are you experiencing blocked ears?


This feeling may be caused by excess earwax. This is often a result of inappropriate use of cotton buds or similar in the ear canal, which whilst removing some, will invariably push a lot further down. Excess earwax can be the result of working in dirty or dusty environments, swimming, an ear infection, using noise plugs at work, etc.

This earwax will eventually block the ear drum, making it harder to hear (and maybe make the person feel a little disorientated, with some discomfort possible too). Over time the ear wax will solidify and may adhere to the sides of the ear canal or even the ear drum.
 

What is ear irrigation?

 

During our ear irrigation procedure the patient sits in a chair and the ear is rinsed with warm water from an electronic irrigator. The wax and water is collected in a basin or cup-shaped device which the patient holds under their ear.
 
Ear irrigation does make some noise but this is not excessive or uncomfortable. Most people who have irrigation find it to be a fairly pleasant procedure. The entire procedure should not take any longer than 30 minutes.
 
Appointments for ear irrigation cost £40 for one ear or £60 for both ears.

Click here to find out where and when our ear irrigation service is available.



Please note that ear irrigation is not appropriate if you have:

  • A perforated eardrum, or if you have had a perforation in the last 12 months.
  • Previously had problems with irrigation, such as pain in your ear or severe vertigo
  • Have a discharge of mucus from your ear or have had an ear infection in the preceding two months
  • Have recurring or persistent infections of the ear canal
  • You have had any ear surgery (apart from cases of extruded grommets which had come out at least 18 months beforehand) had a middle ear infection (otitis media) in the past six weeks

 

 

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