Ear Wax Removal by Microsuction

Microsuction is a method of removing wax from the ears. Wax is an important and natural secretion found in the ear. It protects the ear against dust, dirt and bacteria, so it helps to prevent infection. Sometimes it can build up inside the ear canal causing hearing loss, problems with hearing aids and tinnitus issues. 

How can microsuction help?

We offer a comfortable and effective ear wax removal service using microsuction. This is a preferred method of treatment for medical staff as the process is clearly visible throughout. It is the safest way of removing wax unlike syringing where the ear is flushed out without view of the canal.

When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire regarding your recent hearing health and any previous wax removal procedures.

During the procedure Isabella uses magnification loupes to see clearly inside the ear canal and then, using a fine low-pressure suction device, removes the wax. Using a video otoscope Isabella is able to show you the condition of your ears before and after treatment. The procedure is not painful and usually takes up to just 10 minutes per ear.


Isabella wearing magnification loupes whilst carrying out microsuction

Why is microsuction better than other methods of wax removal?

Not only is microsuction quick, safe and comfortable there are other benefits to this type of wax removal which include:

A constant view of the ear canal

During the procedure, Isabella wears magnification loupes which give her a good view of the ear wax and the ear canal. This makes it safe and easy for her to remove the wax.

Microsuction is safe with a perforated eardrum

Unlike syringing it is perfectly safe to have microsuction with a perforated eardrum.

No water involved                                                           

No water is flushed into the ear canal during microsuction, unlike syringing where this is necessary. This means that microsuction is mess free and reduces the risk of infection.

No need for softening drops

There is no need to use drops to soften the ear wax before treatment. Unlike syringing where patients are often advised to use drops up to a week before the procedure. This means, where availability allows, appointments can be made for the same day.