ear syringing. advice please
Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:47 AM
I've been using in ear moulds for a few years now without problems, but this last week, my right ear seems to be partially blocked. (maybe) and I'm wondering if syringing is the way to go. I'm thinking the moulds may be compacting any wax that does get in there.
I've not spoken to anyone who has had it done before and would like to know if:
a) it leaves the ear sensitive
b) leaves the ear open to infection
c) is a better option that over the counter drops
d) any other advice you think I should know.
I've got a fairly high profile gig lined up in the next while and want to make sure I'm on top form, so I'd like to know if there are risks of having it done.
over to you BR. Cheers.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:03 AM
Do not get your ears syringed except as a last resort as it can damage hearing more and is not very nice. A good option is Otex ear drops they are very effective non obtrusive and really do work. Never put anything into the ear as this will only make the problem worse.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:11 AM
Once softened, it's then a decision the GP (or more often the practice nurse) will take on inspection of the individual ear. They won't always agree to do it for various reasons - if an infection has taken too great a hold is one, I believe, and they'll recommend treatment for that first before syringing.
In my experience it's not in fact too unpleasant an operation and feels great when complete.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:26 AM
The thing that comes as a surprise when first geting your ear "syringed" is that the name suggests that they suck stuff our ot the ear canal. In fact, the old doctors method involved a relatively huge syringe like pump that they effectively jet wash the interior with.
The practise nurses now seem to have a special cleaning machine that is more thorough and takes a bit longer. The old "whooshing" method was, I gather, a bit hit and miss and didn't always clear everything.
Initially, sound seems a bit toppy and harsh but that's probably something to do with water left behind. I dunno, I'm only a lampie. Either method is not unpleasant and the amount of hearing you seem to get back is incredible.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:01 AM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:09 AM
Just another vote for getting it done, I had terrible hearing for nearly 3 years, and they did think it was related to the wax getting compressed. Had it done about half a year ago, and seems to stay about the same now, but I've been using warm olive oil every month or so recently. It's a very odd sensation having it done, but as everyone says, the sound is very odd for a few days- personally I've never been so jumpy in my life, as everything was SO loud! Certainly not the time to be trying to move and build trusses as the occasional clang is just heart stopping!
Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:13 AM
I believe the risk is incredibly low now with the newer 'irrigation' methods since they regulate the pressure used (unlike the syringe).
As already said, the drops will be used to soften up before - usually approx 4-5days.
A new layer of wax will quickly build, so there shouldn't be any worries about infection.
You certainly should be extra careful about protection, though I think this is obvious simply from the increased clarity of everything.
On approval from your doctor I highly recommend. I could not have continued with the blocking up!
Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:08 PM
Any noise boys got advice? I do lots of audio gigs locally, but tour lights, so I'd really like both perspectives.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:50 PM
I never knew ear wax was so complicated. I got the impression that ears came a very close second to other unpleasant nursing activities - hence why they try so hard to NOT syringe ears in the surgeries.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:56 PM
Surely can't be worse than what my friend has to put up with - bed bathing, older alcoholic gents, who are rather *ahem* excited by this prospect. Not the nicest way to earn a living.
once again, thanks.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:48 PM
And yes, I have several friends who are nurses, they do get some awful jobs! (Mind you they all seem to have a lot of fun as well, so it can't be all bad)
Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:07 PM
One thing I would add is I personally made a point of doing each ear separately since the oil can often make the blocking up worse for a while and it would be a nightmare if both went. Similarly I managed to find periods with no shows so I wasn't putting plugs in while softened. Both probably unnecessary, but hey.
As an aside I do wonder how you are supposed to put olive oil in your ear without getting it everywhere but. Maybe everyone has pipettes lying around....?!
Oh. And can everyone type a bit more quietly please? Thankyou.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:34 PM
Ask at the chemist for one of the syringes that they often supply with medicines for babies & small children.