EAR IRRIGATION

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A couple of years ago the Government made the decision that ear irrigation was no longer going to be one of the core services GPs are obliged to provide.

It was decided that if the wax was linked to hearing loss, GPs could refer sufferers to "audiology services," who could perform wax removal and provide hearing aids, if necessary.

Many have struggled to find somewhere that performs ear irrigation professionally, so we are very pleased to be able to now offer this service.

 

The cost. It will cost £10.00 for the initial consultation with our Nurse Practitioner. During this consultation there will be a full ear examination, assessment of the problem and then we will decide any treatment plan together.

The ear irrigation is a charge of £23.50 per ear if irrigation is needed on your follow up consultation. If your ear wax has dispelled on its own, there is no further charge.

 

Ear irrigation is a routine procedure used to remove excess earwax, or cerumen, and foreign materials from the ear.

The ear naturally secretes wax to protect and lubricate the ear, this also catches dust and debris, keeping it away from the ear drum. Wax can also hinder bacterial growth. Under normal conditions, the body keeps the amount of earwax in the ears under control. Too much earwax or hardened earwax can cause a blockage in the ear, resulting in earaches, ringing in the ears, or temporary hearing loss.

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What is Ear Irrigation?
Purpose of Ear Irrigation

The ear is a very sensitive organ. Excessive earwax build-up can cause damage to the ear drum and the delicate structures around this over time. This can affect your hearing. The purpose is to remove the build-up of wax. Improving the hearing, discomfort or unwanted sensations in the ears.

Ear Irrigation Process

Before your Nurse Practitioner performs an ear irrigation, they will want to examine your ear to ensure that your symptoms are the result of excess wax build-up or foreign materials and not something more serious.

If wax build-up is the issue, then the protocol calls for 14 days of oil instilling twice a day, after which, the Practitioner will perform the irrigation in clinic using an ear irrigation tool and tepid – warm water. 

Risks of Ear Irrigation

Do not undergo any ear irrigation if you have a damaged eardrum, tubes in your ears, or any condition that weakens your immune system. You also must not get ear irrigation if you have an active infection in your ear canal within the last 6 weeks. While ear irrigation is a relatively common procedure, there are risks associated with it:               

Ear Infection

Otitis externa is a common complication. This is inflammation of the ear canal that could be caused by infection. It can be painful. Another potential complication is otitis media, which is inflammation of the middle ear that could also be caused by infection. Ear infections are one of the most common complications of ear irrigations.

Perforated Eardrum

Perforated eardrums are another potential complication of ear irrigation. In some cases, ear irrigation will press against the wax and make it more compacted. This makes it harder to remove and may put more pressure on the eardrum, increasing risk of perforation. In some cases, fluid becomes trapped in the ear canal and causes an increase in pressure that can rupture the eardrum.

Other complications

In rare cases, additional complications can occur. These include:

  • vertigo, which is the sensation of the room spinning in circles around you (typically temporary)

  • deafness, which can be temporary or permanent
     

Since earwax build-up can be harmful over time or be the result of other health conditions, see your doctor if your symptoms aren’t improving after seeing out Practitioner. They may want to try other methods or send you to an ear specialist. Those who use hearing aids are especially prone to having earwax build-up. Additionally, cotton-tipped swabs should never be inserted into the ear canal, as these are known to push wax against the eardrum and ear canal and cause damage.

Side effects

Some people may experience a number of side effects from ear irrigation. Common side effects of ear irrigation include:
 

  • temporary dizziness

  • ear canal discomfort or pain

  • tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
     

Side effects are typically short-lasting and go away within a day. If you experience pain or discomfort that gets worse instead of better or have any other symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor. If you experience severe pain, make an appointment to see them right away in case you have a perforated eardrum or other ear damage.

CONSULTATION TIMINGS and PRICING

Initial Consultation needs 20 minutes…………………. £10.00 in clinic

                                                                

Ear Irrigation appointment needs 30 minutes ……. £23.50 per ear if required. No charge if the ears are clear of wax.

We also require 30 mins between ear irrigation appointments so that the machine can be sterilised, and the area cleaned down and prepped for next client

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This tool will insert water into the ear to flush out the wax. You may feel slight discomfort from the water in your ear or from holding your ear in place at the time, but this should pass after a short while. Following this you will get an after-care sheet to take home with you.