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Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

Posted On: October 14, 2022

Microsuction and curettage wax removal performed at Helix Hearing is a safe and effective way of removing problematic excessive ear wax. It is the method of choice used by audiologists and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists.
Microsuction involves the use of a thin suction tip (like a tiny vacuum) to gently suction wax out of the ear canal and curettage involves the use of a small loop tool to mechanically move wax out of the ear canal. Audiologists and ENT Specialists are trained to do this procedure under a special scope used to visualise the inside of the ear canal. These procedures are performed carefully to avoid contact with the ear canal walls and eardrum making it a much safer method of wax removal compared to ear syringing and ear candling.
The procedure is painless but can cause an uncomfortable/tickle feeling as is not often we have tools placed inside the ear canal. This feeling is usually mild and short lasting. The audiologist will always ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

It is important that you remain sitting as still as possible while the audiologist performs the wax removal. The time required for complete was removal can vary depending on the texture and amount of wax in the canal.

If you are using wax removal drops, it is best to cease these a week prior to your appointment and seek advice on when you should continue at the time of your appointment. If the wax in your ears is dry or hard, the audiologist may use eardrops/spray to help soften the wax prior to removing it. In some cases, you will need to use these drops/spray for several days and return to complete the wax removal when the wax is softer.

Your audiologist will advise you on the best way to treat your wax in the future. This may include the use of eardrops/sprays for maintenance and repeat wax removal via microsuction every so often. The time between appointments varies for everyone. The Audiologist will give you a recommended time to return but you may need to return sooner if was builds up quicker than expected. After the first two appointments a pattern is often found as to how often you will need to have wax removal.