Ear wax related problems

Please be aware that ear wax helps to protect the inner ear. So if the wax is not causing a problem such as whistling of a hearing aid or reduced hearing, it does not need to be treated.

Olive oil or almond oil drops can be purchased over the counter from your local pharmacy and can often help solve any problems. These should not be used if you know that you have a hole (perforation) in your ear drum.

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If you think you may need ear irrigation (‘syringing’ ) please be aware that irrigation can only be carried out if you have used drops to soften your ear wax for at least 2 weeks as this reduces the risks of the procedure.

Irrigation can lead to pain, dizziness, tinnitus, perforation of the ear drum and infection so we try to avoid it where possible.  Also please check the following information on NHS Choices.