What is Microsuction Ear Wax Removal?

Microsuction is considered the safest method of wax removal as the ear canal can be seen throughout the procedure, unlike irrigation whereby the professional is going in blind, swilling water in and regularly stopping to recheck the ear.

Microsuction is the removal of ear wax with the professional wearing special micro scope glasses with a magnified light, and a small medical vacuum to suck the wax from the ear canal. This has a very low suction power so is very gentle when used in the ear.

Microsuction can be a little noisy with the sound of air and wax being sucked away.

The most important part of the procedure is to keep your head still as the probe can be near to the ear drum and ear canal. The procedure generally takes 15 minutes per ear.

Benefits of Microsuction

With Microsuction the ear canal is visible at all times, making the procedure safe.

Generally there is no requirement for application of ear drops with clinically treated olive oil (Earol or similar) prior to the procedure so it can be performed in a timely manner. Oil may however, be applied during the procedure if the wax is particularly dry, easing removal.

Unlike irrigation no water is needed, reducing the risks of infection.

Microsuction may be performed on people who have perforated ear drums or mastoid cavities and those with a history of ear surgery. It can also be used to remove foreign objects lodged in the ear canal.

Microsuction is safe prior to flying and swimming.

It must be remembered as with all types of ear wax removal there are risks of damage to the ear canal, drum and tinnitus can be experienced.

Time to clear your ears?