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#1 PrincessPeach

Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:11 AM

Bit of a WDYT question.

At what point do you decide that super waxy ears need an ENT referral?

The little mr has really waxy ears, GP recommended using the oil based ear cleaning spray daily to start with & then slowly reduce it down. We've been doing that, but if i go any longer than 2 days he starts complaining of sore ears.

GP will give me a referral if I want one (they are good in that respect), but im just wondering if an ENT can do anything more for him or is it just something that they will grow out of? Because we will have to go via the private system (public ENT waitlist is 3 years).

#2 Lou-bags

Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:18 AM

Me personally? I'd only do something if the wax was actually causing a problem. Is there a reason the GP is recommending doing anything?

DS2 had very very waxy ears for the first 12-18mo of his life (maybe until 2 even). But his hearing was fine (spoke early and with clarity), and it didn't seem to cause discomfort. So all I did was gently clean his ears (outer ear only) with one of those baby cotton buds with the fat tip.

#3 Islander

Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:21 AM

Have you had hearing tested? I’d act sooner rather than later if hearing was being impacted. Although if finances aren’t a huge issue, I would go now even just for an opinion. It’s good to know exactly what options are even if “do nothing” is the advice I reckon.

Edited to add this is because I think sore ears after two days of not removing wax shows that there is a problem. But I do agree, if it’s not causing a problem then it’s not a problem!

Edited by Islander, 05 December 2019 - 11:25 AM.


#4 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:26 AM

My audiologist SIL says ear wax type is genetic. So most Europeans have an oily ear wax that doesn't clump so much. My DH however has really Asian ear wax which is hard, big lumps. An audiologist can clean your ears safely for you and would be a good place to start if you need to decide to see a specialist. They deal with ear issues every day.

#5 seayork2002

Posted 05 December 2019 - 11:46 AM

I get blocked ears usually in one ear and it affects my hearing (at the time) so I go to my GP surgery and the nurse syringes with water for me.

If it did not effect my hearing i would leave it alone, I have heaps of it though.

my son complains of the wax but his hearing is not effected so I tell him do not put anything in there yourself

#6 laridae

Posted 05 December 2019 - 12:11 PM

View PostKiwi Bicycle, on 05 December 2019 - 11:26 AM, said:

My audiologist SIL says ear wax type is genetic. So most Europeans have an oily ear wax that doesn't clump so much. My DH however has really Asian ear wax which is hard, big lumps. An audiologist can clean your ears safely for you and would be a good place to start if you need to decide to see a specialist. They deal with ear issues every day.
Our audiologist sends on the appointment letters to go see a gp to check for wax before every appointment.

#7 PrincessPeach

Posted 05 December 2019 - 12:54 PM

We have'nt had his hearing tested yet, it doesnt seem to be affecting it at all (speech is very clear & he can certainly hear things he wants to like lolly wrappers/chip packets).

It's just the case of needing to put the drops in daily otherwise he ends up in pain, i wasnt sure if that was normal or not - or if an ent will do anything differently,

#8 tinselfoil hat

Posted 05 December 2019 - 01:23 PM

I reckon there might be more going on. If you get really waxy canals, no amount of oil or cleaning drops will help, it needs to be removed by syringing or vacuuming. When mine were like that, cleaning drops would make them sore with a couple of days delay. My doctor mentioned that if the ears are definitely waxy and nothing is coming out with the cleaning drops, the wax is stuck in there.

#9 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 05 December 2019 - 01:40 PM

 laridae, on 05 December 2019 - 12:11 PM, said:


Our audiologist sends on the appointment letters to go see a gp to check for wax before every appointment.

Interesting, possibly a way to reduce their time and cost. SIL has a special kit to clean ears and I have seen her do it to my BIL, so audiologists do clean ears.

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 05 December 2019 - 02:16 PM

 PrincessPeach, on 05 December 2019 - 12:54 PM, said:

It's just the case of needing to put the drops in daily otherwise he ends up in pain, i wasnt sure if that was normal or not - or if an ent will do anything differently,

It’s not normal. I think I have very waxy ears - I syringe them myself in the shower when they annoy me, but they don’t hurt.

#11 UndergroundKelpie

Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:53 PM

I go to the Drs once a month for syringing.

The nurse there does it for me

#12 Lou-bags

Posted 05 December 2019 - 09:10 PM

 PrincessPeach, on 05 December 2019 - 12:54 PM, said:

We have'nt had his hearing tested yet, it doesnt seem to be affecting it at all (speech is very clear & he can certainly hear things he wants to like lolly wrappers/chip packets).

It's just the case of needing to put the drops in daily otherwise he ends up in pain, i wasnt sure if that was normal or not - or if an ent will do anything differently,

Sorry I completely misread and thought that the treatment (drops) were what was causing the pain, not the build up of wax. In that case I would definitely seek another medical opinion and specialist referral.

#13 yule_maiden

Posted 05 December 2019 - 09:30 PM

I assume an ENT will probably be able to determine if it's a structural issue (e.g. really narrow ear canals) or fluid build up or something else they know way more about than me. Pain is not usual. DH has tiny ear canals so wax easily builds up.  I can tell when he's due for a syringing as he turns the TV up really loud and can't hear as well. He never complains of pain until after the syringing. They really have to blast his ears and it's not pleasant he says.
I think because your DS experiences pain from build up,  that's reason enough to investigate.




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