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UK Ear Care Ear Wax Removal Water Irrigation

The safe removal of ear wax using a gentle water pulse. 

Compared to microsuction, water irrigation can be a quicker treatment option
Water irrigation is more effective in treating sticky ear wax which can often be the result of using over the counter wax removal treatments.
Pain free ear wax removal

Ear Wax Removal Using Water Irrigation

Ear wax removal using water irrigation is a quick and effective treatment to remove wax from ears using a gentle flow of lukewarm water to dislodge and flush out ear wax that would not normally come out without intervention.

Unlike traditional ear syringing, water irrigation uses electronically controlled water pulses to gently and effectively target ear wax and flush it away.

As a wet procedure, our ear wax removal specialist will fully inspect each ear using a device called an endoscope. This special tool allows us to see directly inside the ear including the health of the tympanic membrane, more commonly known as the eardrum.

Once we have completed our inspection and our ear wax removal specialist clears you for water irrigation treatment we take a couple of minutes to explain the process, any feelings or sensations you may experience and advise on the expected outcome of treatment.

Ear Wax Removal Water Irrigation Treatment Preparation.

Like with all ear wax removal techniques, it’s advisable to use ear drops before your appointment, ideally giving 3 days of usage in the morning and evening to allow the oil to soften the ear wax for faster extraction.

If you are having continuous pain or would like to see one of our ear wax removal specialists on the same day of booking we can still remove the wax quickly and efficiently. We remove ear wax the first time on 95% of visits but should you require a return visit to allow us to remove any remaining wax your specialist will book you a second appointment at no extra charge.

Although there are a number of over the counter ear wax removal drops available like Otex or Sodium Bicarbonate which can offer temporary relief they can cause irritation as the ear canal is sensitive and can react differently with each patient. Due to this, we recommend only using olive oil drops like Earol which can be purchased at any pharmacy.

What Happens During The Water Irrigation Treatment

On arrival, we will complete a full health review of both ears using an endioscope. This allows us to get a detailed understanding of your ears and confirm that water irrigation is a suitable treatment option to remove wax from your ears.

Our specialist will use the information you supplied on your consent forms along with any questions they may ask to confirm that water irrigation is the best option for your ear wax removal treatment,


Before treatment begins we will place a paper town over your shoulder to catch any loose drips that may happen during the process. You will then be given a small cup which you will be asked to hold against your jaw to catch any water, ear wax or debris flowing from the ear during treatment.

Our specialist will use our electronically controlled pulse technology irrigation device to remove any wax or debris that resides in the ear. This is a painless experience with very few people experiencing any discomfort. 

Once treatment is completed your specialist will check your ears to confirm all wax has been removed and provide any aftercare advice in relation to your treatment.

After Water Irrigation Treatment

Once you have completed your water irrigation ear wax removal treatment its important to keep your ears dry for 5 days after the procedure. This allows the natural oil to reform in the ear canal and helps avoid any infections that the ears. We recommend the use of ear protectors or cotton wool before taking a bath or shower. We would also advise against submerging your head in water for the first few days including swimming baths which can lead to infection.