Ear Cleaning Bristol

Ear Cleaning Bristol

You may be searching for ‘ear cleaning Bristol’ because you’re unsure about which technique you need.

Below is a list of all home and professional techniques for ear cleaning with an explanation of each for you to make the best decision.

natural ear cleaning method technique


Your ears will effectively clean themselves, pushing wax to the outer edge which you may have noticed from time to time. When this happens, we can wipe it away with tissue or when we wash. This method works well most of the time, but where it fails is when the ear produces too much wax and begins to block the canal. This may be uncomfortable and/or affect your hearing. If this is the case, you may need to seek professional help.

Too much wax can be produced from the following issues:

  • Too much hair in your ear canals
  • A skin condition affecting your scalp or around your ear
  • Inflammation of your ear canal (otitis externa or “swimmer’s ear”)
cotton buds ear cleaning method technique

Cotton Buds

The most common method on this list is also one of the most risky. What you see on the end of the cotton bud is only a small amount of the wax causing the issue — the rest is pushed further into the ear. This can lead to a blockage, but more than that, it’s easy to go too far and cause serious harm by damaging the eardrum.

candling ear cleaning method technique


One of the most surprising methods on the list involves lighting a hollow cone shaped candle which is said to draw out wax with suction. Apparently, it can also relieve sinus pain, cure ear infections, help relieve tinnitus, vertigo, even strengthening the brain if you can believe that. Don’t be fooled by numerous claims about its effectiveness online though, this may as well be called the snake oil method — many studies have found these claims to be baseless and that it should be avoided. Apart from burns, you could experience a blockage from candle wax melting into the ear canal, and even a punctured eardrum.

ear syringing ear cleaning method technique

Ear Syringing

A large syringe is inserted into the ear and a professional gently pushed water in and a bowl collected the wax as it was washed out. Once considered to be a good technique, this is no longer the case and has been superseded by safer methods. This is not recommended anymore, as human error made it possible for high pressure resulting in perforation of the eardrum, otitis externa, pain, vertigo and tinnitus. Ear Irrigation replaced this technique.

ear irrigation ear cleaning method technique

Ear Irrigation

Often mistaken for syringing, water is still squirted into the ear, albeit in a more controlled way using an electronic syringe. The steady flow of low-pressure water still washes out the wax, but there’s no risk of slipping and forcing too much water into the ear canal. If wax is stubborn, a slightly higher pressure can be applied. This method has largely been replaced by Microsuction.

microsuction ear cleaning method technique


Considered the ideal method of wax removal. Rather than water entering the ear canal, a suction pipe removes the wax instead. A very small tube will be gently inserted into the ear and a low pressure suction will draw out the wax. This method is the quickest, safest, and most comfortable of all professional ear cleaning services — also more successful than methods at home.

Next Steps

Once again, if you’ve been searching for ‘ear cleaning Bristol’ for a build-up of wax, you’re now aware of the different methods on offer. If you would like to solve your issues with microsuction, more information can be found on our Ear Wax Removal page, or you can contact us at 01179012526 or send a message on the Contact page.

Ear Syringing Bristol

If you’re searching for ‘ear syringing Bristol’ then you’ve likely heard about the technique and thought you might need it to remove ear wax.

The truth is, ear syringing may not be the right option for you as microsuction is safer, cleaner, more comfortable and less invasive.

How Does Ear Syringing Work?

Ear syringing involves squirting water into the ear to remove ear wax which is washed out with the water as it cannot get further than the ear drum.

If this technique is still being used today, then it’s only for soft or loose wax, as hard wax will need to be softened first.

Ear Syringing vs Microsuction

Ear syringing uses water to the flush the wax out rather than a low-pressure suction tube with microsuction. Microsuction is a more recent procedure and preferred by practitioners and patients alike for being a more comfortable solution to a build-up of wax.

An important difference between the two is that the water from ear syringing will reach the ear drum and could be uncomfortable, even resulting in an infection, perforated ear drum and tinnitus. While microsuction removes the wax without needing to travel as far into the ear canal.

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge to take on that pesky wax, head over to our Ear Wax Removal page.


Is syringing good for your ears?

Ear syringing—or irrigation—can be effective at removing ear wax but it’s not without risks: it could be uncomfortable, even resulting in an infection, perforated ear drum and tinnitus. A more comfortable way to remove wax is with a low-pressure suction tube called microscution.

Does the NHS still do ear syringing?

You may find that the local doctor’s surgery won’t provide this service anymore, but they can refer you to a specialist if the wax has affected your hearing.

Can I get my ears syringed at Boots?

Yes. Boots do offer this service but not in every store according to their website. If you find that your local store doesn’t offer this service, then we will be happy to help you with ear wax removal.

Do pharmacies do ear syringing?

Most pharmacies will sell products to help you remove the wax at home yourself rather than perform the service for you. An audiologist will be more than happy to help with your issue using a more up to date method called microsuction.

Are Specsavers doing ear syringing at the moment?

No. Specsavers have switched to offering microsuction instead of ear syringing.

Helping You Hear Clearly With Microsuction Wax Removal

Ear wax usually falls out on its own, but for some people this doesn’t happen and a build up of wax can occur.

The symptoms of a build up are earache, difficulty hearing, itchiness, dizziness, and ear infection or sounds such as high pitched tones coming from inside the ear (tinnitus).*

Microsuction wax removal

At Clifton Audiology we use Microsuction, which is a wax removal technique using a binocular operating microscope – which allows depth perception and magnification to look straight into the ear canal – and a very fine sterile suction device at low pressure to remove the wax.

Occasionally we may need to use other instruments to remove hard wax. The technique means that we can always see what we are doing and can avoid touching the skin of the sides of the ear canal which makes the process a lot more comfortable.

Fiona Watts, Clifton Audiology Clinical Director says:

“We offer ear examination, removal of wax and advice for anything else that you might need. Often quickly resolving your wax related problems.”

Why is microsuction better?

Compared to the traditional forms of wax removal – ear drops and irrigation or “syringing” – microsuction is:

  • safer
  • quicker
  • cleaner and neater
  • better tolerated with less side effects
  • more effective and likely to need one appointment only
  • doesn’t need weeks of waiting for drops to soften the wax

What to expect at a microsuction appointment

We will talk you through the procedure, show you the equipment and require you to sign a consent form before we start.

The microsuction process can be noisy and occasionally make you feel dizzy. This usually passes within a few seconds. The procedure can last up to 30 minutes for both ears.

Once completed a letter will be sent to your GP to confirm what has been carried out and occasionally any complications.

Do I need to do anything prior to the procedure?

Mercedes Collins, our Clinical Scientist who specialise in Audiology says:

“It is helpful to put 2 drops of olive oil into the relevant ear/s twice a day for 1 week prior to your appointment if time allows. We recommend Olive Oil Spray. If the first appointment does not resolve the wax-build up, a second appointment will be given within 4 weeks, free of charge.”