Microsuction does not require lengthy softening, although we do advise you to place drops into your ear 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Softening ear wax drops are available at most large food stores as well as Boots and other pharmacies. If you are unsure of the best way to insert ear drops, please read our guide below. Alternatively, please contact the practice if you wish to discuss using drops or if you have any other concerns. For a detailed fact sheet on the types of drops available, please click here.

How to use ear drops:

  • Lie down on your side with the ear requiring drops facing upwards.
  • Pull the outer ear backwards and upwards (just backwards in children).
  • Drop 2 or 3 drops of oil, at room temperature, into the ear canal and then massage the the skin just in front of the entrance to the ear canal – this enables the oil to run down the ear canal more easily.
  • Stay lying down for 5 minutes and then get up and wipe away any excess oil with a tissue. DO NOT put cotton wool in the ear following the drops as this absorbs the oil.

To book your appointment, call the practice on 01865 671 500 or 01993 222 888.

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