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

Natural

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

Candling

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 Once considered to be a good technique, this is no longer the case and has been superseded by safer methods.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

Microsuction

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.