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To prepare for your earwax appointment, please use ear drops and follow our guide below.
Step 1 – Ear Drop Application
Ear drops alone will often clear a plug of earwax. You can buy drops from pharmacies. For example, olive oil, almond oil, sodium bicarbonate, and sodium chloride ear drops are commonly used for this purpose. Dependent on the type of oil you use, be sure to
read the instructions. Pour a few drops into the affected ear. Lie with the affected ear uppermost when putting in drops. Stay like this for 2-3 minutes to allow the drops to soak into the earwax.
Top tip from our Senior Audiologist Noel Cullen
Before bed, apply the ear drops or olive oil to the ear and then put some cotton wool with a smear of vaseline on the inside of it into the ear & sleep like that. The vaseline stops the oil soaking into the cotton wool & forces it down into the ear helping it soften the wax.
The earwax is softened and it often breaks up if you put in drops at least once a day for 3-5 days. Flakes or crusts of earwax often fall out bit by bit. You may not notice the wax as it comes out of your ear. You should not apply oil to your ears if you currently have an infection, perforation, grommets or if you have had any operation on your ears over the last 18 months.
Step 2 – Your Appointment, with the Flush Irrigation Method
Here at Hidden Hearing we use the latest ear irrigation method, a controlled liquid flushing process which is less invasive than other methods and is virtually pain free. Ear irrigation may be needed if ear drops do not work. The ear canal is washed out with warm water. Irrigating the ear with water will usually clear plugs of earwax and it is only safe if the plug of earwax has been softened. Use ear drops (such as olive oil ear drops) to soften wax 2-3 times a day for 3-5 days before you have ear irrigation with your Hidden Hearing Earwax Removal Specialist.