Irrigation Ear Wax Removal
Safe, gentle, and effective
What is Irrigation?
Irrigation is the modern equivilent of ear syringing. Ear syringing used to be performed using a large manually driven syringe filled with water. Ear syringing is now a banned practice in the UK because the risk of harm was high. Irrigation is a much safer alternative because the water pressure is controlled by the machine and massively reduces the risk of trauma.
Even now, many cheaper irrigation machines require the clinician to manually fill the tank with warm water. There is a significant risk of error when doing this which can result in experiencing unnecessary dizziness and discomfort. Our machine automatically regulates the water to a perfect 37 degrees centigrade which is the ideal temperature to minimise the risk of vertigo occuring.
Who needs Irrigation?
Irrigation is required when the ear has occluding or troublesome wax, debris or excessive skin. Ear irrigation requires the application of pharmaceutical olive oil for at least 3-5 days prior to the procedure being performed. This softens and lubricates the wax to allow for easier extraction. Your medical history may mean ear irrigation is not suitable for you. If this is the case we will recommend that we instead proceed with microsuction, which is a dry procedure and can be performed on almost everyone.