Ear syringing is a traditional method used for removing stubborn ear wax, known for its effectiveness in providing relief from build-up. While newer methods like microsuction are gaining popularity, ear syringing remains a method that’s used by lots of audiologists, especially when the consistency of the wax is making it difficult to remove. 

When you notice a build-up of ear wax, our audiologists at The Hearing Hub can provide relief. We support patients in the Collier Row area at our Harold Wood clinic and our audiologists are highly trained in all methods of wax removal. Below, we have explored how ear syringing works, its benefits and what you can expect during the procedure.

What is Ear Syringing?

Ear syringing involves using a syringe filled with warm water to gently flush out excess ear wax. The procedure is typically performed by an audiologist to ensure safety and effectiveness. The warm water is gently pumped into the ear canal, loosening the wax which is then flushed out naturally into a basin held underneath your ear. 

Benefits of Ear Syringing

Ear syringing is a time-tested method used to remove ear wax, offering several benefits to people struggling with wax buildup. This traditional approach can be particularly beneficial when performed correctly and here are some of the key benefits of ear syringing;

  • Effective Wax Removal

Ear syringing is particularly effective for removing excess wax that is stubborn and impacted. The gentle flushing action of the warm water can effectively dislodge and rinse out the wax, clearing the ear canal. This method can be a quick solution for those experiencing hearing loss due to wax build-up, providing a clear passage in the ear canal for sound to travel through.

  • Relief from Discomfort

Accumulation of ear wax can lead to various discomforts, including a feeling of fullness in the ear, itching and sometimes tinnitus. Ear syringing can offer immediate relief from these symptoms by removing the blockage caused by the wax. Many people experience a noticeable improvement and a reduction in discomfort immediately after the procedure.

  • Accessibility

One of the major advantages of ear syringing is its accessibility. It is a service that is widely available at many ear clinics, including The Hearing Hub. This makes it a convenient option for anyone who might not have access to more advanced procedures. It’s also a familiar technique to many audiologists, making it a readily available service for ear wax removal needs.

The Ear Syringing Procedure

Before undergoing ear syringing, it’s often recommended to soften the wax using olive oil drops in your ears for a few days. During the procedure you can expect; 

  • Examination – You will be seated and the audiologist will examine your ear using a microscope to get a better view of your ear canal and the build-up of ear wax. 
  • Syringing Process – A syringe filled with warm water is then gently inserted into the ear canal. The fluid is squirted in to loosen and remove the wax.
  • Aftercare – Post-procedure, you may feel a bit of moisture in your ear. It’s important to avoid inserting anything into the ear canal to try and dry it. 

Is Ear Syringing Suitable for Everyone?

Ear syringing, while effective for many, is not a one-size-fits-all solution for ear wax removal. It’s not suitable for everyone, particularly for people with a history of ear problems, such as perforated ear drums or chronic ear infections. These conditions can make the ear more sensitive or susceptible to complications, and the procedure might exacerbate existing issues.

It’s important to note that there are alternative options available, such as microsuction and instrumentation. At The Hearing Hub, we will often use microsuction as this modern technique uses gentle suction to remove ear wax and is generally considered safe for people with various ear conditions. By consulting with an experienced audiologist, you can determine the most suitable and safe method for your specific needs, ensuring that your ear health is managed effectively and with the utmost care.

Book an Appointment for Ear Syringing in Harold Wood

Ear syringing can be an effective method for relieving ear wax build-up, especially when conducted by professionals. At The Hearing Hub, we ensure that our clients receive the most suitable treatment for their ear wax problems, whether it’s ear syringing or another method. Maintaining ear health is vital for overall well-being and wax removal is key to achieving this.
To book an appointment for ear syringing in Harold Wood, use our convenient online booking tool. You can also call our ear clinic directly on 0330 111 9994. We charge £65 for ear wax removal in both ears and we pride ourselves on making a professional service accessible to everyone. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.