Our Napier clinic location is now at Health 2000 - 247 Emerson Street, Napier, and our Dannevirke clinic location is now at Tararua REAP - 15 Gordon Street, Dannevirke.


Is Ear Syringing safe?

The great majority of GP’s in Hawke’s Bay have stopped removing ear wax by water syringing but surprisingly, it’s still being used in Hawke’s Bay. We see a lot of clients who have had bad experiences with ear syringing or where it just hasn’t worked and we’re not at all surprised at the results of a large UK study on the effectiveness of ear syringing set out below:

  • Failure of ear wax removal occurred in 29% of cases
  • Otitis media and Otitis externa (middle and external ear infections respectively) occurred in 17% of cases
  • Ear drum perforation occurred in 15% of cases
  • Trauma to the external ear canal occurred in 11% of cases

So as you’ll see, in comparison with microsuction, it’s a lot less effective and a lot less safe. In contrast, microsuction:

  • May be used even in the presence of ear drum perforation
  • It is the only technique safe to use for wax/debris removal in the presence of an external or middle ear infection
  • Complication rates are vastly reduced in comparison with water syringing.

Seems pretty convincing, don’t you agree?


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