Microsuction ear wax removal

Microsuction is a method of ear wax removal. Ear wax is removed using a gentle suction and a high power microscope to view the ear canal and drum. It is the preferred method used by Ear Nose and Throat Doctors and is available from our Chelmsford and Upminster practices.

Other methods of ear wax removal, such as syringing, may be effective but can carry some inconvenience, such as using oil for several days before treatment; and risks, such as damage to the ear drum and/or ear pain.

Ear Wax removal with Microsuction

Watch our short video on how we remove ear wax using microscution. It’s a simple process and the effect is immediate. Call us today for your 30 minute appointment or book online.

Microsuction is different because it is usually a ‘same day’ treatment. The ear wax and the ear canal remain in clear vision for the practitioner during the procedure. This improves efficiency of the clearance and reduces risk. Most ear cleaning by microsuction is 100% successful on the first time, with minimal or no oil instillation required in advance.

You will have a digital video health check of the ear canal before and after treatment. You can also receive a hearing test to ensure that the hearing is normal after removal of the ear wax.

When should I consider Microsuction?

  • Hearing aid users who generate lots of wax.
  • If you have impacted ear wax
  • If you have very hairy ears
  • If you require urgent wax removal due to poor hearing or prior to flying
  • When you have a perforated ear drum
  • When you have had previous surgery/problems in ear canal where syringing is unsuitable

Removal of ear wax by microsuction is usually comfortable, but the vacuum can be noisy. If the wax is very hard or stuck to the eardrum, there can occasionally be some discomfort. If you find the procedure uncomfortable, please let your audiologist know and you may use some drops or oil to soften the ear wax, and return for another visit.

What happens if there is no wax to be removed?

In the event that there is no wax present we will investigate further with a hearing test to determine why you have that ‘blocked-up’ feeling. If you choose not to have any investigations, we will make a charge of 50% of the normal microsuction fee.

It is therefore best to avoid making a microsuction appointment if you have, or have recently had, a cold or ear infection.

To soften and reduce the build up of ear wax ear wax, we recommend Earol. You can buy Earol in-store or from our webshop. Click here to buy.

To book your visit, call us on 0800 6121 345 or 01708 259863

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Microscopy for ear wax microsuction

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