Microsuction Earwax Removal
A comprehensive medical history will be taken, along with a microscopic examination of the inner ear canals and eardrums gentle removal of the earwax with a surgical microsuction unit. The pharmacist will wear a pair of illuminated microscopes, namely “loupes”, and air will be heard rushing through the suction wand during the procedure. There may be an occasional mild ‘pop’ as the wax is sucked through the probe. Generally, the appointment will be painless.
Microsuction is a procedure that uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome earwax. It is performed with the aid of an operating microscope and a finely calibrated suction device, without the introduction of any materials or liquids. You may be asked to use olive oil spray or drops for several days beforehand. This will make the treatment easier for you. Occasionally we may need to use other instruments to remove hard wax. The technique means that we can always see what we are doing and can avoid touching the skin of the sides of the ear canal which makes the process a lot more comfortable.
When it comes to the safe and effective removal of earwax, there are three methods that an audiologist can use: irrigation, mechanical removal and microscopic suction (microsuction). Many of you may be familiar with irrigation (flushing of the ear with warm water). Mechanical removal requires excellent visualization of the ear canal while using an appropriately selected tool to remove the wax. These tools include various types of loops, scoops, and forceps. Microscopic suction involves suctioning “vacuuming” the ear canal while visualised under a microscope.
Earwax is naturally occurring and serves an important purpose. On occasion, earwax can build in the ear canal and can cause hearing loss or discomfort. For many people, microsuction offers a quick and long-lasting solution to hearing loss. Years of excess wax build-up can be gently removed – providing an immediate improvement to their quality of life. It helps to protect and clean the inside of the ear by creating a natural protective layer. Other wax removal treatments such as syringing often completely clear the canal of all wax, leaving no protective layer inside the ear. Microsuction is a much more controlled treatment that allows your audiologist to carefully remove excess wax whilst preserving a necessary level of protection.
Microsuction ear wax removal
Microsuction is an important part of our ear consultations. It is safe, gentle, and comfortable. When you have a consultation, you will lie straight and flat on your back as this is the safest position for microsuction. The ear nurse therapist will gently hold your ear so that the ear canal entrance is open and easy to view (sometimes the nurse will use a plastic funnel to gain the best view). The microscope is then focused on the ear canal entrance. The nurse will use microsuction and/or tiny instruments to Retrieve ear wax and diagnose ear problems.
We use a set of high-powered magnification loupes and a special speculum to see clearly into the ear canal. The cannula is then entered into the ear canal and is used to gently suck out the ear wax. The entire process usually takes no longer than twenty minutes.
The benefits of microsuction ear wax removal If you’re suffering from a blocked ear or impacted ear wax, our audiologists are fully trained in microsuction earwax removal and can help you safely remove the blockage and get you back to feeling normal.