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Ear Wax Irrigation (removal)

What ear irrigation treatment is and how it works​


One of the most frequent ways to remove wax is by ear water irrigation, or syringing as it is commonly known. This procedure cannot be carried out if the person has had any ear or cleft palate surgery, recent ear infections or perforation of the eardrum. It is also not advisable to carry out the procedure if the patient has any dizziness problems or very troublesome tinnitus.
During this procedure, the person sits in a chair and the ear is rinsed with warm water from an electronic irrigator. The wax and water are collected in a cup-shaped receiver which the patient holds under their ear. In the past clinicians used a large metal syringe; however, the new electronic irrigators, which have controlled  pressures, are gentler and safer. Ear syringing does make some noise but this is not excessive or uncomfortable. Most people who have irrigation find it to be a fairly pleasant procedure.


Wax is an important and natural secretion found in the ear. It keeps the ear canal lubricated and protects the ear against dust, dirt and bacteria, which helps to prevent infection. Wax,or cerumen as it is also known, is composed of the epithelium (skin cells), dust and oily secretions from the sebaceous and ceruminous glands in the ear canal. These secretions lubricate the ear canal and prevent it from becoming too dry. The composition of wax varies from individual to individual depending on diet, age and environment.

Before the appointment
Prior to your appointment, it is advisable to use wax softening drops of olive oil to help soften the
wax before removal. Ideally, they should be used every day for a week beforehand because,
although a few days usages is often adequate, the longer drops are used for then the more easily
and comfortably the wax can be removed in your appointment.
Treatments applicable for 18+ years old.
Please bring 1 towel during the appointment.

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