Irrigating the ear with water will usually clear previously compacted plugs of earwax that have been softened by Earol® Olive Oil Spray. But, it often only works if the plug of earwax has been softened by using Earol®. Therefore, Earol® to soften wax 2-3 times a day for 3-5 days prior to irrigation. Ear irrigation is usually painless. Lukewarm water is squirted into the ear canal. This is usually done by a machine that squirts water at the right pressure. This dislodges the softened plug which then falls out with the water.
Note: the old-fashioned big ear syringes have largely been replaced by modern irrigation machines. This is because the machines can deliver the squirt of water at the correct pressure. There is no risk of there being too much pressure applied which may harm (a problem with the old-fashioned syringes).
Some people feel dizzy after ear irrigation, but this quickly settles. Some people develop an inflammation in the ear canal following ear irrigation. This causes itch and discomfort, but can be treated with ear drops. Rarely, ear irrigation can cause damage to the ear or eardrum.
Therefore, see a doctor or nurse after ear irrigation if you develop any ear pain, troublesome itch in the ear, discharge from the ear, or swelling of the tissues around the ear canal (which may indicate infection).
Your healthcare audiologist, nurse or doctor may recommend that you use Earol® once a week after the procedure as a preventative measure.