From many years of primary health care experience we know the importance of removing blocked wax before a flight or dive trip - but of course, we can always help with this if you are not travelling as well.
Wax forms naturally in the ear canal, its purpose is to protect the ear by trapping dust and other particles from entering the ear.
The wax usually makes its own way to the ear opening where it is washed away but some people seem to produce more wax than others and as we get older ear wax tends to become less moist, meaning it's transfer out of the ear is not as effective.
Cotton wool buds should never be used as they will push the wax further into the ear canal.
We offer a service to check ears and irrigate to remove wax if required. Irrigation involves rinsing the ear canal with warm water which is introduced under a gentle pressure via specialised equipment to reduce the risk of discomfort. Olive oil drops or a suitable alternative should be put in the ear for 5-7 days before irrigation. We recommend that if wax needs removing, you have your ears irrigated at least 1 week before travelling.
NICE ( National Institiute of Health and Care Excellence ) states that ear irrigation using an electronic irrigator can be recommended for wax removal when performed by an expert practitioner ( March 2021)
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