It is often said that there is no need to pre treat ear wax prior to removal and it is true that we can remove it very succesfully on the day we first assess the ear wax...
but... it is also true that the ear canal skin lining doeasn't always shed fully from the canal wall, and if you have hairy ear canals, the wax can become stuck in place. Care must be taken to remove it without damaging anything or causing pain.
Sometimes there is a restiction , anarrowing in the canal and it is impossible to pull a hard lump through a constricted gap. in the worst case scenario this can cause oain and even damage the canal wall causing localised bleeding.
So in order to make the procedure as safe and comfortable for you, we recommend that you use doftenng drops for at least a week prior ot the procedure
Ear Wax is 'Hydroscopic' meaning that it absorbs water - not oil.
Water and water based products will therefore penetrate the wax and start to break it down. It is for this reason that water based products such as Sodium BiCarbonate drops or Hydrogen Peroxide drops are most effective when delivered in a water based product.
Olive Oil is particularly useful when we are looking at drawing out lumps of wax from the ear, easpecially through a narrowing in the canal, since the oil lubricates everything nicelyy.
Oil is also useful when trying to losen the wax from the skin in the canal as it works its way into the gaps and breaks the seal, meaning the wax comes away more easily.