Ear wax removal by irrigation replaces the old fashioned technique of ear syringing. It is a far safer and more effective method of ear cleaning. It uses an electronic ear irrigation machine to remove ear wax. The machine contains a storage reservoir unit for water and a hand-held nozzle which gently pumps water into the ear canal at a controlled and steady rate. The water breaks down and dislodges the ear wax build-up, it then flushes the ear wax out of the canal and it is captured in a flask called a noots tank. Not everyone is suitable for earwax removal by irrigation, not all of our clinics offer irrigation ear wax removal, however they all offer you microsuction earwax removal.
Please note that ear irrigation is not appropriate if you have:
We also offer the irrigation method of earwax removal for people who are more comfortable with it. The procedure is undertaken with a spray type ear wash machine, which is commonly used in the medical setting. The irrigation solution is carefully warmed to body temperature for comfort.
Ear irrigation involves using a pressurised flow of water to remove the build-up of ear wax. This is a straightforward procedure where a controlled flow of water, at body temperature, is squirted into the ear through a purpose-made machine (an electronic ear irrigator). To ensure that the ear cannot be damaged, the irrigator has a variable pressure control so that irrigation can begin at the lowest pressure.
Under the gentle force of the water, the ear wax is softened and dislodged and the wax is carried out of the ear. This is why the term ‘irrigation’ is used, as opposed to ‘syringing’ which is a different and outdated method by which the ear wax was literally ‘syringed’ from the ear using a metal syringe. Whilst irrigating your ear, the audiologist treating you may hold your ear at different angles to ensure the water reaches all of your ear canal.
The audiologist will also look inside your ear several times using an otoscope (an instrument used to examine the inside of your ear) to check whether the wax is coming out. Ear irrigation is a painless procedure, but your ear may feel a little strange as the water is squirted around your ear canal
Irrigation is an exceptionally safe and comfortable method of earwax removal. The use of liquid ensures that the ear is washed completely clean. Most people find it a comfortable process and it is usually undertaken in about thirty minutes making it a same day service.
Using our services ensures that you have your earwax removed safely, quickly and by a person you can trust. The process usually last about thirty minutes an ear and the majority of people find it easy and comfortable. The process is a far safer way to remove earwax as the water is introduced at low pressure and is controlled.
Ear irrigation can be very effective at removing ear wax if performed correctly, in fact, it completely washes the ear canal and eardrum clean. Some people can also find the ear irrigation procedure very relaxing, other benefits of this type of ear wax removal include:
Earwax Removal by irrigation is a very safe method of ear cleaning. The water is at a low pressure and there is no syringe involved.
Irrigation earwax removal is a quick process for ear cleaning, usually lasting no longer than thirty minutes an ear.
Irrigation is an excellent method of removing earwax. It completely washes your ear clean.
“After a horrendous and unsuccessful ear irrigation experience with a district nurse, which left my 93 year old Mum too frightened to endure a second attempt I looked for an alternative. I just liked the feel of the Hearing Lab website and the reviews were impressive, so I booked an appointment. Mum was still apprehensive as I explained to Iram when she arrived. She was absolutely lovely, very friendly and caring, talking Mum through the procedure and assuring her about it. Iram was extremely professional and knew her job, which she completed in no time much to the absolute delight of Mum. We were intrigued at being able to view the before and after results on her laptop too! What a fantastic service and a lovely girl. Thank you very much from both of us.”
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