Blocked Ear Advice
Covid-19 has left many people in a difficult position if they have a build up of wax. We have been advised by our governing bodies to delay any face-to-face appointments until further notice.
For some of you wax build up is just a slight irritaion but for some it can be quite uncomfortable. If you feel you ears are blocked and are struggling, here are a few things you can do at home that might help.
Contact your GP
Firstly try contacting your GP, especially if you usually have wax removal at your surgery. I know it is a difficult time, but they may still be doing some appointments so it is worth an ask.
Sodium Bicarbonate Ear Solution
Use Sodium Bicarbonate ear drops, as this has been known to fully remove wax blockages. If you have been prescribed something by your GP and have used it before, then give this a go as it may help (check the use by and speak with GP first). Always follow the instructions on the packet if you are using any form of medication. It is possible to try using olive oil, but as oil only acts as a softener it may not be as effective as sodium bicarbonate.
As a last resort, look online at some of the ‘D.I.Y’ earwax removal kits. I cannot recommend anything specific, but make sure to read all of the reviews and only purchase something from an accredited source. I would advise against the use of manual syringes as you can not regulate the pressure and may cause injury to the ear.
Lastly and most important of all; DO NOT USE COTTON BUDS. If your ear is blocked, you run the risk of pushing the blockage further into the ear and impacting the earwax. This could make you feel worse and could make it more difficult to remove. It could also cause you pain and may do some damage.
These methods may not be 100% successful, but if they give you any form of relief then it could be worth trying.
If you have hearing aids and they aren’t functioning correctly you may not be able to get an appointment with your usual audiologist. Alternatively you can look at an online audiology service.
Check back regularly
Make sure to keep an eye on our website and Facebook page to find out when we will be open again and listen to the news, as the moment face to face consultations are allowed again we will be open for business.
In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us via email or over the phone for any advice.
Please stay safe and stay indoors. This will be over before we know it.