Self Care For Your Ears

Many of us will experience some level of wax in our ears at some point in our lives. These things don't always need a medical intervention. Sometimes we can manage them, following some sensible advice, at home. 

Here are some tips and a few suggestions of things you can try at home to look after your ears. 

However, if you have persistent problems with your ears, don’t ignore them. Call us on 01373 301301 to discuss whether you need to see a practice nurse. 

You can find out more about what we offer on ear syringing here. (Please note, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak we are not offering the ear syringing service in the practice at the current time.) 


Ear Wax 

You can read about ear wax here - why we have it, why build up occurs and how to tell if your ear is blocked with wax. Remember, wax is normal - it's there to provide protection for your ears. But for some people it can sometimes be problematic. 

Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear twice a day for a few days.

Over 2 weeks lumps of earwax should fall out of your ear, especially at night when you're lying down. 

It's really important not to use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax. This will push it in and make it worse. 


Keeping Your Ears Dry 

 If you have ear problems such as dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, ‘runny ears’, you will find that keeping your ears dry will improve the condition. 

The easiest way to keep your ears dry when bathing or showering is by using ear plugs or a piece of cotton wool smeared with Vaseline.  However, it is not advisable to leave cotton wool in your ear unless advised to by your ear care nurse.


Hearing Aids

Do you already use a hearing aid? The link below shares useful informatIon on: 

  • greater confidence in wearing hearing aids and communicating with others
  • increased hearing aid use
  • better knowledge of hearing aids and how to listen better
  • better practical hearing aid handling skills


If you already wear a hearing aid and need a replacement battery they are now being posted to patients directly, upon request. Patients are asked to phone the RUH pn 01225 824035 or email with their patient nuber and postal address to arrange this.