EAR SYRRINGING AND IRRIGATION
Earwax is a substance secreted in the ear canal. It plays an important role in cleaning and lubrication of the ear canal, and also provides some protection against bacteria, fungi or insects. However, a build-up of wax in the ear canal may lead to muffled hearing. A blocked ear may also give such symptoms as earache, ringing or itchiness.
In case of blocked ear, it is not recommended to remove the earwax at home. By using, for instance, cotton buds the earwax is just pushed further down the ear canal. Furthermore, improper cleaning may even cause hard-healing wounds or perforate the eardrum.
A safe method of removing the built-up earwax is ear syrringing. The procedure should be performed in the doctor's office. For two weeks before the visit it is advised to use olive oil ear drops to soften the wax so that it's easier to remove. During the procedure our doctor uses a large syringe to flush out the wax by pulsing warm water into the ear. The treatment is highly effective and completely pain-free.