earwax- any suggestions?

Hi everyone, I have tinnitus in my left ear which started after I did I home syringing for earwax build up and then a middle ear infection three months ago. Since then I have had my doctor syringe the same ear and I continue to suffer from wax build up in both ears. I used to spray shower water into my ears to help with this problems until I got an ear infection and stopped. Now I try not to ever get water into my ears and I use two drops of olive oil a week. However, I still feel like at any moment i'm going to go deaf in one ear because of wax build up! I am so frustrated with this problem and was wondering if anyone else has had excessive earwax issues and has found a way to overcome this? Thanks so much

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  • Try adding olive oil drops in twice a week.

    They could feel blocked if your tubes are full of mucous.

    Try steam inhalation.

    Love glynis

  • Hi Glynis65,

    I add olive oil drops once a week (2 drops in each ear), but I suppose I could try twice a week andsee if that helps. Haven't done steam inhalation for a while, so could try this too.

    Thanks for the tips.

  • Hello

    One word snap this is exactly happened to me I had a build-up of wax in my left ear which I had syringed which cleared the wax but water droplets left in my ear canal caused an ear infection which I had treated the wax came back had the ear syringed again cleared the wax and the infection came back which got worse saw a Consultant who took a sample of the infection gave me the correct drops and it cleared this time the wax didn’t come back. He did tell me to have suction in the future which is cleaner and doesn’t leave droplets in the ear canal which I would recommend syringing can cause some problems for some people and I’m sure in my own mind syringing with the infection started my Tinnitus.


  • Hi Marcus,

    Thanks for your reply. That is really interesting. I am also sure that my home syringing is what caused my tinnitus! I was wondering if I keep getting wax build up because there is something going on in there, but my gp said my eardrum (which was inflamed) looks normal. Did you have an external or internal ear infection? My doctor gave me antibiotics for a middle ear infection and I have had ringing in my left ear ever since I syringed it.

  • Hello

    My ear wax was internal which was pressing against my ear drum which can cause sounds under normal conditions the wax pushes itself out but there are times when this doesn’t happen and so you get your ears syringed which clears the wax but it can come back rather quick so you get stuck in this cycle.

    If you are still having trouble it might be a good idea to get a referral to your local ENT clinic who will check your ears.


  • Hi Marcus, I'm going to try and get a referral to my ENT clinic in a few months. The doctor advised me to wait and see if the ringing in my ear resolves itself (which I doubt it will). Hopefully the clinic can advise me on earwax issues too!


  • I wish you good luck you never know your GP could be right wax can cause these problems and it may just go on it's own accord.

    Best Wishes


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