Ear Syringing

Ear Syringing is no longer routinely recommended due to the potential side effects of ear infections, tinnitus and perforating the ear drum.
Earwax usually falls out on its own. To help clear it you can put olive oil in your ear twice a day for 14 days.
You will need a dropper for doing this properly which you can get from your pharmacy. Put a dropper full into the ear at room temperature and lie on your side for 5 minutes to allow the oil to soak into the wax.
You can also try other medications to dissolve wax which are available from your pharmacist.
You only need an appointment if your symptoms persist after following this advice.
The nurse will then make an assessment to see if syringing is required. If you have not treated with oil for 14 days the nurse will not be able to syringe your ears.
Ear syringing and suctioning is also available from some private local services.