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    DIY Ear irrigation ?

    I've watched a few YouTube videos of people getting their ears irrigated and lumps of brown wax falling into the collection tray resting on their shoulder.

    I've bought one and plan on using it this weekend.

    Just wondered if anyone else has used one?

    If I'm still alive on Monday I'll post my thoughts.

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    Which one did you buy? Asking for a friend.

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    Post a video or it didn’t happen…

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    Genuinely interested to see (and hear) how you get on.

    I've had my ears syringed a couple of times in the past 10 years or so, both times were at my GP surgery. If you can DIY, then something I might do more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpjsavage View Post
    Which one did you buy? Asking for a friend.

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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Ear-Wa...24.m2548.l6249

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    That wire brush seems pretty brutal. Must be some serious wax problem.

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    I must admit to using cotton buds. Not recommended, I know, but I can often scrape out enough for a light lunch. :D

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    Anyone tried DIY colonic irrigation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Anyone tried DIY colonic irrigation?
    Can you use the machine for both? If so what do you do first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Anyone tried DIY colonic irrigation?
    Yeah, but it was a pain in the @rse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    That wire brush seems pretty brutal. Must be some serious wax problem.
    I'm pretty sure that brush doesn't go in your ear!
    I'll check instructions first.

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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Medi-Grade-...ix=ear&sr=8-20
    These are excellent, but you must soften it first with olive oil for 3-4 days.
    They will also protect your ear drum.
    Work a treat.👂👂

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    Not DIY but I went private last year bypassing the doctors referral completely. Highly recommended from me. They don’t flush out the wax anymore but vacuum it out nowadays and there’s no need to pre-soften it with oil for a few days. It was about £70 for both ears and worth every penny. I’d go down this route without hesitation because the relief was instant and fantastic. They seem to have clinics all over the UK

    https://www.clearwax.co.uk/ear-wax-r...r-Tim-Husband/

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    Go to a Chinese clinic for some ear candling.

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    In my youth I had to get my ears syringed every 3-4 months, thankfully I've now grown out of it which is just as well as my GP surgery now refuses to syringe ears. One bit of advice before anyone try these , is to ensure you soften the wax in the ear for at least a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oiljam View Post
    Not DIY but I went private last year bypassing the doctors referral completely. Highly recommended from me. They don’t flush out the wax anymore but vacuum it out nowadays and there’s no need to pre-soften it with oil for a few days. It was about £70 for both ears and worth every penny. I’d go down this route without hesitation because the relief was instant and fantastic. They seem to have clinics all over the UK

    https://www.clearwax.co.uk/ear-wax-r...r-Tim-Husband/
    Can also get this done at Boots for £50 which includes repeat visits if it can’t be sorted first time

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    I use ear candles every couple of years. They work a treat. I get a huge lump of wax out of each ear. Afterwards it feels like you have new ears/hearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by markbannister View Post
    Go to a Chinese clinic for some ear candling.
    Or DIY (Hopi ear candles) however there's a plenty of medical authorities who warn against this method.

    I've been irrigating my ears for decades through necessity (copious wax producer/dry skin in inner ear/salt water/diving) and use a
    Silicone Spiral Removal tool, which is perfect for travelling:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cleaner-NaC...s%2C183&sr=8-5

    At home I use a Waterpik Water Flosser, which is not it's intended purpose of course but when used carefully is a really efficient wax remover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Medi-Grade-...ix=ear&sr=8-20
    These are excellent, but you must soften it first with olive oil for 3-4 days.
    They will also protect your ear drum.
    Work a treat.
    I use something similar. Did mine a couple of weeks ago.

    As said make sure you soften the wax for about a week. I use medical olive oil. (Home and bargain)

    So satisfying seeing BIG chunks of black wax coming out.

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    The wife and I had our ears done by microsuction a couple of weeks ago, fantastic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaffe View Post
    I must admit to using cotton buds. Not recommended, I know, but I can often scrape out enough for a light lunch. :D

    Enough wax for a papal funeral............

    I use cotton buds regularly so have pretty clean ears. Had one ear infection in all the years, and prob from foam earplugs on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Enough wax for a papal funeral............

    I use cotton buds regularly so have pretty clean ears. Had one ear infection in all the years, and prob from foam earplugs on the bike.
    That's a good point, thankfully now I rarely have any ear issues, except when I start using foam/silicon earplugs that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbannister View Post
    Go to a Chinese clinic for some ear candling.
    Witchcraft, nothing more, nothing less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Enough wax for a papal funeral............

    I use cotton buds regularly so have pretty clean ears. Had one ear infection in all the years, and prob from foam earplugs on the bike.
    Don't. Just don't.

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    I always use the Admiral Tug Benson method: works a treat!



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    I get a friend to help, using this short tutorial.


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    Got caught with wax in the ear when I was in Oman just before lock down.
    Put olive oil in my ear for a couple of days. Took an empty water bottle and a biro. Cut about an inch of the end of the pen then drilled a small hole in the bottle cap. Pushed the plastic case of the pen through the hole in the cap and you have a syringe to wash the wax out. 2 minutes of skooshing and I could hear a pin drop at 50 paces.
    Save yourself a tenner, it works.

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    I have one of the bulb type similar to the one in that kit. Earex drops for a few days, then gently does it with warm water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Anyone tried DIY colonic irrigation?
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    i used a chemical (not olive oil based) one and it ended up really irritating the skin on my ear and making me more itchy and uncomfortable. Stopped using cotton buds, stopped using the chemicals, booked an appointment with a specialist (£60 for both ears) and she confirmed it wasn't wax that was the problem it was me fucking about with my ears that was making them irritable.

    I'd vote specialist based on my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedyexplorer View Post
    Got caught with wax in the ear when I was in Oman just before lock down.
    Put olive oil in my ear for a couple of days. Took an empty water bottle and a biro. Cut about an inch of the end of the pen then drilled a small hole in the bottle cap. Pushed the plastic case of the pen through the hole in the cap and you have a syringe to wash the wax out. 2 minutes of skooshing and I could hear a pin drop at 50 paces.
    Save yourself a tenner, it works.
    You are Bear Grylls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spuds View Post
    You are Bear Grylls.
    Only if he drunk it afterwards

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    Actually, there is a buschcraft tip using earwax to test the potability of water. If earwax sinks the water 'should' be safe to drink, if it floats then it is probably not safe.

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    Another vote for micro suction here - offered at many Boots / Specsavers et al...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedyexplorer View Post
    Got caught with wax in the ear when I was in Oman just before lock down.
    Put olive oil in my ear for a couple of days. Took an empty water bottle and a biro. Cut about an inch of the end of the pen then drilled a small hole in the bottle cap. Pushed the plastic case of the pen through the hole in the cap and you have a syringe to wash the wax out. 2 minutes of skooshing and I could hear a pin drop at 50 paces.
    Save yourself a tenner, it works.
    Quote Originally Posted by spuds View Post
    You are Bear Grylls.

    Or Valerie Singleton..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprite1275 View Post

    As said make sure you soften the wax for about a week. I use medical olive oil. (Home and bargain)

    So satisfying seeing BIG chunks of black wax coming out.
    My partner has bought some of that, ill try softening for a few days before the jet wash !

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    Im disappointed ! after seeing the videos of chunks of wax appearing out of their ears, i had a go with the ear irrigator i bought off ebay.

    my partner did my ears first and the water in the collection bowl was as clean and debris free as the water i put in the irrigator spray, and same with my partners ears.

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