Ear syringing

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  1. the whistler

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    Anyone had their ears syringed recently?

    Unfortunately I find that I need to have this done every few years. Last week I was beginning to get the all to familiar deafness feeling when I woke in the morning and after a couple of days one ear totally blocked. I know form experience that it requires a few days softening treatment with eardrops before syringing, so I did this and made an appointment to see the nurse at my local health centre.

    She had a look and confirmed that my ear was blocked with wax (as if i didn't know!) but ther went on to advise me that it is not policy now to syringe unless it was a very last resort. So she advised me to keep using olive oil drops for at least another week, but i know from past experience that it won't have much effect - if any!

    Just wondered if anyone has been 'syringed' recently or is it common policy not to do it anymore?
     
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    Because it can theoretically rupture the drum, many medical practices won't syringe anymore unless you sign a waver. Generally if you do use the olive oil for a week and then get a syringing, you minimise the pressure required and get a better clean out as well.
     
  3. krish

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    after a few days of drops.... some gentle action with a cotton bud perhaps??
    - it may be frowned upon, but can do the job
     
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    If olive oil doesn't do the job then your GP can prescribe drops, I can't recall the name but they do the trick of shifting any build up of wax.
     
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    there's the OTC product, Otex?
    www.otexear.com
     
  6. neilmcl

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    Might provide short-term temporary relieve but all it does is pushes more crap further down the ear canal which will build up and cause more problems later.
     
  7. GeoffWork

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    The nurse at my doctors warned me off buying drops as they are based on hydrogen peroxide (hair bleach) and can cause scarring inside the ear as they burn. Ad on tv looks like cinder toffee and when you tip them in you cannot get off to sleep because of the cinder toffee exploding in your lugs.

    Anyone seen those little vacuum cleaners the sell in the small ads in The Daily Outrage?
     
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    Cotton-buds :nono: :nono: :nono:

    Ramrods were not designed to remove things.;)

    No extra benefit from other eardrops over simple olive oil. No need to use extra virgin.:)
     
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    Use ceremol, get it over the counter from a local chemist (cheaper than via prescription too). It does a pretty good job at disolving wax after a few days.

    My ear was totaly blocked, but I used ceremol and also had them cleaned out my the nurse. Didnt help though so Ive been refered to the ENT.........although theres an 11 week waiting list!!

    Im starting to think that I have a blocked eustachian tube behind the ear drum or somthing, drives me mad with the blocked up feeling and ramdom pops and clicks lol.

    No idea what they might do if its the tube though!
     
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    WHAT?......:rolleyes:
     
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    No need to shout! I still have one good ear!!!
     
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    The peroxide method hardens the wax in the hope that it might crack & drop out. Olive oil, my preferred option prepares the ear for syringing. I do one ear at a time so reduce the deafness effect of the olive oil
     
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    I use "Earex" drops, which are also natural oil based. My ears occasionally clog up with thick brown wax, which Otex won't even look at. Just bung a few drops into each ear, plug with some cotton wool and leave overnight, and the wax gets dissolved.
     
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    wonder what would happen if you put your vacuum cleaner to your ear.... sucky end obviously .... no no, don't try that at home, you might loose your whole ear !! Try the oil drops and then lie with your head on a warm hot water bottle ( wrapped in a towel ...don't want your next post saying you have have 20% burns now do we ?!!) and let the heat soften your wax.

    I would recommend, seriously, that you find an alternative therapist, as I have mentioned in another thread, who does Hopi candle treatment. The wax will come right out within about 1/2 hour, and all you have to do is lie there and fall asleep. Trust me on this one.... I am a nurse after all :) here is a link to some information about it.
     
  16. krish

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    for a moment there I pictured a wick being shoved in the ear and then being lit :rotfl:
     
  17. the whistler

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    Blimey.... With all the medical advice here, who needs Doctors.:)

    Thanks for all your replies.


    Now ..... I had this recurring twinge in my left shoulder blade for a while .....
    Only kidding, don't bombard me with replies .....:D

    T
     
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    I was going to recommend that. I've seen it being done on my brother when I was a kid and I found it amazing. Work really well too.
     
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    always used this, worked wonders for me
     
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    cheers for the link! have seen pictures and often wondered how it worked, makes sense now the candle is hollow
     
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    LOL... you would just be a large candle holder otherwise !!! :rotfl: I could light you up on my dining table with one in each ear as a centre piece !!
     
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    YOU WHAT :D
    I normally go a bit deaf in the summer due to hay fever blocking my tubes up, I wonder if any of these drops would help me ?
     
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    Thanks for that mental image !! :rotfl:

    It's a hollow candle, with wax coated on linen, so no.. it does not turn your ear into a firey furnace !!

    It's got to be a lot nicer than having water squirted in your ear at speed !!
     
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    My girlfriend is deaf in both ears and thus wears hearing aids.

    Since doctors have tightened up and will not syringe ears any more, she is forced to book an appointment weeks in advance to get this done. No real use when she can barely hear a thing!

    Worst of all is that drops aren't much of an option as they mean the hearing aids can't be used!

    It is a pretty sad situation and one which unfortunately doesn't look set to change any time soon.

    A bit of a nuisance when I am trying to justify yet more hi-fi equipment. She couldn't hear the difference when I blew a tweeter the other week, bless 'er!
     
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    Being deaf has its advantages. My brother-in-law reckons that he couldn't live with my sister, if he couldn't turn the sound down occasionally. I can understand that.
     
  26. the whistler

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    Had a second visit to the local walk in medical centre after two weeks of drops, Otex for the first week and on the advice of the nurse, olive oil for the second week. They still won't syringe and have now referred me to someone who does the suction treatment. Apparantly they come in and hire a room at the medical centre - all sounds a bit strange to me and I wonder if i'm being used as some sort of guinea pig!

    Out of interest I checked the NHS direct website and interestingly it still seems to indicate syringing as the most effective treatment - although it has some risks. There are no statistics to show that ear drops of any sort are effective and there appears to be little or no research on suction treatment.

    No mention of the candles, but it begining to look like an interesting option.
     
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    Dont know what your Dr is on but mine will syringe mine (arsehole as I hate having it done :() I last had my right ear (worst one for blocking) done in April.

    Although I have had problems with my ears all my life & have VERY narrow ear canals so wax just builds in there with no way to move once it starts blocking & the only way to clear my ears is via syringing which is perhaps why my doc still does it???

    I was under the ENT clinic in London till the age of 16 where I had 3 grommets & T-Tubes used to try to fix the problems but they never really worked & now I have to have mine syringed 1-2 times a year & it is by far & away the most uncomfortable procedure in the world :( :( :(

    Neil
     
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    I went and got my ears done this morning. The doctor had recommended I use ear drops (Cerumol) to loosen the wax to get a better cleansing. I had no idea that they actually use a little machine to do the business, I really thought they just used a syringe to squirt the water in.

    It wasn't too unpleasant although my ears did feel strange for about half an hour afterwards.
     
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    I know a couple of people who have had the ear candles thing done and it's supposed to work reasonably well and also be very relaxing. You could also consider a colonic irigation at the same time, you can't really appreciate a top quality sound system without squeeky clean bowels.
     
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    I had my ears done at the beginning of the year, I couldnt believe how loud everything is once you walk out doors with nice clean ears
     

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