Ear Care

Ear wax is made up of oil and sweat secreted from glands in your outer ear canal. Ear wax helps to keep your ears healthy; it is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.  Some people think that they should have their ears cleared regularly, but there is usually no need for ear wax to be cleared.  You do not need to wash, scrape or poke wax out of your ears because the wax, along with the skin, usually falls out without you noticing it.

Poking or scraping your ear canal can push wax further down your ear canal and actually encourages your wax glands to produce more wax.

Current best practice advice from ENT consultants is that due to the high risk of infections, perforated ear drum, tinnitus etc, ear syringing should not be carried out. Thus the surgery is phasing the service out.

If you have a wax problem causing deafness and your ear is healthy, you can start treatment yourself. You put 2-3 drops of ordinary olive oil down the ear for 5 minutes 2 or 3 times a day for at least 3 weeks.  This softens the wax so that it then runs out of its own accord.  An alternative softener is sodium bicarbonate 5% ear drops which can be obtained from a chemist.

For more detailed advice, pick up an ear care leaflet from Reception or click on the link below.

Ear care patient leaflet