Ear Wax

Ear wax is a natural substance produced by glands in the skin of the outer ear canal. Excessive wax build up can be caused by putting small things in ears like a hearing aid, hair pins, headphones & ear plugs, cotton swabs, etc. Putting these things in ear pushes the wax further down the canal.

Symptoms of ear wax build up include:

How Have People Removed Ear Wax?

Cotton buds

Whilst this might remove a little bit of the cerumen, but it actually pushes most of it further into the ear canal. Even more alarmingly, there is a significant risk of perforation of the eardrum.

Syringing of the ear

Previously, people had to go to their GP to clean their ear wax. The GP will use warm water to wash the wax out. However, the problem with that is the warm water is forced into the ear; it can damage the ear canal, ear drum, also it can cause ear infection.

Attempting to improve patients' hearing by "ear syringing" is unsafe and ineffective, the NHS practice expert has warned.

What is Microsuction?

Microsuction is a method of ear wax removal. It is the preferred method used by ENT (Ear Nose and Throat consultants).

Micro suction is a gentle and very effective process that uses a fine, low pressure suction pump to safely remove ear wax from blocked ears. It does not require lengthy softening and, in most cases, relief is instant.

Benefits of Microsuction

Microsuction Earwax Removal is Suitable for

Do I need to use ear drops before the wax removal?

No; ear drop can make the wax muddy and very hard to get the whole block out in one go.

Risks of Ear Syringe

Therefore, you should see a doctor or nurse after ear syringing if you develop any ear pain, troublesome itch in the ear, discharge from the ear, or swelling of the tissues around the ear canal (which may indicate infection).

Contraindications for Irrigation

Ear syringing may not be advised if you have certain ear problems. It is important that you inform the nurse before you start syringing if you have any of the following:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/27/ear-syringing-unsafe-doesnt-work-health-chiefs-warn/

Ear Candling

Risk of injuries

While there is no reliable evidence showing any benefits of ear candling, there is plenty showing its potential risks and harms.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Trusted Source has issued a warning to consumers and healthcare providers not to use ear candles because they can cause serious injuries, even when used according to directions.

Ear candling increases the risk of these injuries:

  • Burns to the face, outer ear, eardrum and inner ear
  • Burns resulting from starting a fire
  • Candle wax falling into the ear and causing a plug or inner ear damage
  • Damage to the eardrum
  • Hearing loss

Ear candling can be especially dangerous for small children. The FDA notes that children and babies are at increased risk of injuries and complications from ear candles.

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