Ear syringing involves a squirt of water into the ear canal to flush away ear wax. This is often a last resort for people with a build-up of earwax and may be offered by your practice nurse. During the procedure you are sitting upright with your head tilted slightly backwards so that the water can flow down the ear canal. A basin is placed underneath the ear to catch the run-off. The squirt of water is usually repeated several times to remove as much earwax as possible from the ear canal.
The ear is normally self-cleaning but some people have problems with excessive earwax that can cause a blockage sensation and reduced hearing. They may benefit from using ear drops to soften the wax and facilitate a more natural removal of impacted earwax. Ear syringing is only used for this purpose if the ears are healthy and not affected by an infection. It is a safe procedure and can be performed at the surgery by a trained nurse. However, syringing should be avoided if there is a perforation in the eardrum and it is recommended to see your GP or a practice nurse for specialist advice. For information on Ear wax removal Ledbury, go to https://www.earwax.co.uk/ear-wax-removal-near-me/ledbury/
There are alternatives to syringing such as electronic irrigation and microsuction. Microsuction is a more comfortable treatment as it is a dry technique and does not involve introducing water into the ear. This is important as a damaged eardrum can be seriously affected by the introduction of water.