Helping You Hear Clearly With Microsuction Wax Removal

Ear wax usually falls out on its own, but for some people this doesn’t happen and a build up of wax can occur.

The symptoms of a build up are earache, difficulty hearing, itchiness, dizziness, and ear infection or sounds such as high pitched tones coming from inside the ear (tinnitus).*

Microsuction wax removal

At Clifton Audiology we use Microsuction, which is a wax removal technique using a binocular operating microscope – which allows depth perception and magnification to look straight into the ear canal – and a very fine sterile suction device at low pressure to remove the wax.

Occasionally we may need to use other instruments to remove hard wax. The technique means that we can always see what we are doing and can avoid touching the skin of the sides of the ear canal which makes the process a lot more comfortable.

Fiona Watts, Clifton Audiology Clinical Director says:

“We offer ear examination, removal of wax and advice for anything else that you might need. Often quickly resolving your wax related problems.”

Why is microsuction better?

Compared to the traditional forms of wax removal – ear drops and irrigation or “syringing” – microsuction is:

What to expect at a microsuction appointment

We will talk you through the procedure, show you the equipment and require you to sign a consent form before we start.

The microsuction process can be noisy and occasionally make you feel dizzy. This usually passes within a few seconds. The procedure can last up to 30 minutes for both ears.

Once completed a letter will be sent to your GP to confirm what has been carried out and occasionally any complications.

Do I need to do anything prior to the procedure?

Mercedes Collins, our Clinical Scientist who specialise in Audiology says:

“It is helpful to put 2 drops of olive oil into the relevant ear/s twice a day for 1 week prior to your appointment if time allows. We recommend Olive Oil Spray. If the first appointment does not resolve the wax-build up, a second appointment will be given within 4 weeks, free of charge.”

www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/