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SueEH Wed 17-Jun-20 08:34:31

Hi .. a bit grim I know, but I'd been noticing since Christmas that my hearing was a bit off and at a doctor's appointment in February I asked her to check. Both ears affected but the right ear quite badly blocked.... but doctors don't syringe ears any more - who knew! Before I could do anything about it lockdown happened.
The doctor advised me to use oil to soften and to buy a big bulbous rubber ear syringe, the idea being that you could blow the wax out. This, needless to say, has been an unmitigated failure and the hearing in that ear has now completely gone.
I have discovered that Specsavers are open for syringing and am waiting on a long list. But wondering if anyone anywhere has ever had any joy using one of these rubber syringes? Willing to try it again....

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 17-Jun-20 08:38:53

My husband had his ears ‘hoovered’ out last year, syringing isn’t something that is advised any more and our Doctors don’t advise it either,
typically they got a lot of wax out of one ear and none out of the ear that he had problems with.
He said it was interesting though as they let you watch it all on screen, it costs around £60 totally painless and out in about 10 minutes.

Yearsold Wed 17-Jun-20 09:16:37

I used to have my ears syringed every few years. A couple of times it was really uncomfortable and left me feeling very queasy. Most GP surgeries have stopped offering this service now. I have had micro suction (hoovering) a couple of times at the hospital where I go for hearing appointments and it’s a much better experience. Early this year one of my ears became completely blocked and I couldn’t wait for the hospital appointment so had it done privately for £60. Quick and easy.

Jane10 Wed 17-Jun-20 09:24:57

I'm another microsuction fan. I was quite happy to fork out for it.

Grannynannywanny Wed 17-Jun-20 09:30:33

SueEH I definitively wouldn’t try any DIY syringe on your ears as you could damage your ear drums. I’m surprised your GP suggested it.

If you are feeling miserable I’d say go for the Specsavers option of micro suction for prompt relief.

It’s available on NHS in hospital clinics. A friend goes twice a year on a rolling appointment. Perhaps you could ask your GP to refer you for future appointments.
In meantime don’t use cotton buds as you’ll only push the wax further in.

An ENT consultant I once knew told all his patients “never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! 😀

SueEH Wed 17-Jun-20 10:03:21

Haha yes I’ve had the elbow advice too when I worked in a nursing home! I’m happy to go to the audiologist in Specsavers .. however they do it. I’m just getting a bit panicky in case it doesn’t come back! I have had it syringed once before but it was many years ago. And no, I was surprised to be recommended the bulb syringe but when I phoned the doctor about three weeks ago when I was worried as the hearing had completely gone I was asked again whether I’d used the bulb. I just don’t see what good it could possibly do!

MiniMoon Wed 17-Jun-20 10:14:23

I have wax build up too. Narrow ear canals in my case, so the wax doesn't drain properly.
I bought a little ear syringing kit from Amazon, and did them myself. Very effective, but a strange thing to do.
My health center won't do ear syringing now either.

sodapop Wed 17-Jun-20 17:18:26

I had the same problem and my Dr irrigated my ears and eventually removed the wax with forceps. It caused me to have vertigo for a little while afterwards but now I am fine. I would not advise you to use the bulb syringe yourself. The Specsavers option sounds like the best one to me. Good luck SueEH

Kate1949 Wed 17-Jun-20 19:47:25

I did the same as MiniMoon. I
bought a syringe set from Amazon. It did the trick. Having blocked ears is horrible. I was wary at first but it worked fine.

Missfoodlove Wed 17-Jun-20 23:09:09

Use olive oil for at least a week and use one of the syringes available on Amazon it’s more like a plunger.
Worked a treat for me.

Whingingmom Thu 18-Jun-20 17:48:54

GP practices are no longer reimbursed for providing this service, hence the refusals. It was formerly done by practice nurses, but only after specific training. Diminished hearing can have many causes which may need to be excluded before syringing/irrigation can be performed, and even then the procedure can cause ear infections, balance problems and perforated eardrum if not done correctly. DIY ear syringing/irrigation should never be recommended and for a health professional to suggest this suggests either ignorance or out of date knowledge.
Hospital ENT and private providers (Boots, Specsavers, Scrivens etc) offer micro suction on a private basis.
Alternative is to ask your pharmacist for olive oil, sodium bicarbonate or proprietary brand ear drops which may take up to 2 weeks to work.
I agree it is unacceptable that Primary Care practices are unable to provide a service to alleviate what can be a distressing condition.

grandtanteJE65 Sun 21-Jun-20 13:45:30

Once you have had the wax removed, stay out of draughts and wear a head-scarf or ear muffs if you go out in windy weather.

Doing so, has prevented me having a build up of wax in ears for years. I was troubled with it as a teenager.