Micro-suction wax removal
What is micro-suction ear wax removal?
Micro-suction ear wax removal is a gentle procedure that uses gentle suction to remove troublesome ear wax.
How is the ear wax removed?
Using a loops, a magnified light, microscope a trained audiologist looks directly into the ear canal and uses a sterile suction device to gently remove the ear wax.
Is Earwax Micro-suction safe?
Micro-suction earwax removal is safe and effective. Micro-suction involves no introduction of liquid to the ear canal, like ear irrigation, which ensures less chance of infection being introduced. The audiologist watches the entire time so ear wax is gently pinpointed for removal.
As with any medical procedure there are risks, but with microsuction they are rare. Some associated pro's and cons are as follows;
No water used, so no mess.
The audiologist has a constant clear view of the ear canal during the procedure which makes it safer.
Safe for people with perforated ear drums.
Safe for people with mastoid cavities from surgery.
Possible perforation of the ear drum.
The procedure may start or aggravate tinnitus
Can cause temporary dizziness.
Possible damage or infection to the skin of the ear canal.
May change hearing threshold temporary due the removal of the wax and the light vacuum noise.
Does Micro-suction hurt?
Micro-suction is not a painful procedure. The area inside the ear canal is very sensitive and the procedure is delicate, so it is important to stay still.
What is ear wax?
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a grey, orange or yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear canal. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning, lubrication, and also provides some protection against bacteria, fungi and water.
How do I know if I have a build up of ear wax?
You might experience anyone of the following issues, earache, difficulty hearing, itchiness, dizziness, an ear infection, sounds such as high-pitched tones coming from inside the ear (tinnitus).
Will removing ear wax help tinnitus?
It can, ear wax can occlude the ear canal which can cause the perception of tinnitus or make existing tinnitus even worse. So removing ear wax can help to relieve tinnitus in these case.
What causes of earwax?
You might have an ear wax build up because you just naturally have more ear wax, some people do, or you have more hair follicles or narrow ear canals.
I think i have an ear infection, can you help?
If your ear is tender to touch, there might be a discharge and you have a high temperature with a lack of energy you should consult your doctor, we cannot prescribe antibiotics and microsuction cannot be used to remove the infection. Follow this link for info from the NHS Ear infections - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Why is micro-suction the best option?
It is very gentle and only uses the strength of the suction and cannot remove anything it shouldn’t
It is pain free and effective.
It’s a dry procedure that has a low risk of infection both during and following the procedure.
No need to use drops beforehand.
The audiologist can see exactly what they’re doing as they carry out the procedure.
Micro-suction allows for a small amount of wax to be left behind which reduces the risk of bacterial infection.
Post wax removal management.
Regular use of softening products which can be discussed in your appointment.
The use of cotton buds, match sticks, pins, hoppy candles etc to try to remove wax build up is strongly discouraged.
Regular check ups are the best way to manage excessive wax build up.
£60 for one ear, including ear health check.
£75 for both ears including ear health check.
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