What is microsuction earwax removal?
Microsuction earwax removal uses a vacuum to gently remove any excess wax from your ears. It’s one of the most effective services for cleaning your ears and is completed by our ear care professional
Using a piece of equipment called an ear irrigator, our clinician will gently flush a solution that has been warmed to body temperature around the ear canal to remove the ear wax. This is a particularly useful procedure if the ear wax is too soft and gooey to be extracted with microsuction or if the wax is too deep and close to the ear drum.
Manual Wax Removal
Ear wax can be gently removed using microscopic glasses and extraction tools. This method is often useful to dislodge any ear wax that may be too dry for water irrigation to flush out or micro suction to latch on to. Oiling your ears 3-5 days prior to the appointment normally softens the wax enough for microsuction or water irrigation to be successful without the need for manual extraction.
What to expect at your wax removal appointment
Our specially trained clinician will use the safest method of wax removal to help you hear again.
Before you come in...
Things to note about safety
Give us a call to before your appointment if you’ve experienced any of the following:
Softening the wax for your appointment
It may take more than one attempt to remove your wax. It’s important that the wax has been softened to make the procedure as comfortable and effective as possible – so to prepare for your appointment, we’d recommend using olive oil to soften it.
A spray known as Earol is ideal for this. Read the instructions leaflet carefully and use for 7-10 days between 2-4 times daily before your appointment. Other sprays or drops are not always suitable and may prevent us from being able to carry out the removal.
Your ears might feel more blocked up after using olive oil and might reduce your hearing – this is because the wax will soak up the oil.
If you wear hearing aids, avoid wearing them after you put olive oil in your ears as you could damage your hearing aids (which wouldn’t be covered by your warranty).
If you experience a foul taste after using olive oil, stop using it as this might be a sign that there is a hole in your eardrum. If this happens, get in touch with your GP and let us know.
For some people, olive oil use might cause some mild discomfort or irritation. If you have any doubts or concerns, just give us a call, or speak to your GP or pharmacist.
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