Considering the marked growth in the earcare division of the practice, we read with great interest a recently published study by Dr Rosemary Rodgers: "Does olive oil prevent earwax build-up? An experimental study".
The subject is doubly interesting because it comes at a time when the repeated and sometimes prolonged insertion of olive oil drops in a waxy ear canal is beoming the recommendation of choice of a growing number of our local GPs.
In a detailed and extensive study, Dr Rodgers specially selected test subjects who started out with both ear canals full of wax. This wax was then removed from both ear canals. Starting out with both ears clear, each subject was asked to insert olive oil in only one of these ears every night for 24 weeks. The other ear was left alone. Comparisons were then made at 8, 12 and 24 weeks.
The main result?
Excessive earwax bothers people. It can cause pain or discomfort, as well as ringing in the ears, hearing loss and great interference with any hearing aids worn. We think that is why we are getting a tremendous response to the poster in our Crow Road window.
There were some other interesting and pertinent findings from the study:
We are delighted to note that our present practice is inkeeping with these findings.
If you're bothered by this common condition, please give us a ring to discuss microsuction earwax removal. It's painless and affordable and we are confident you'll relax in our modern, attractive clinic.
Call 0141 954 6030 or pop in to our clinic at 538 Crow Road Glasgow.