Ear Wax Removal Microsuction Process
We recommend this form so we can understand if you have had previous issues with your ears.
An example would be perforations. Its essential we know this just in case we have to use a little water to remove some very oily ear wax.
We will always carry out otoscopy on both ears even if you only complain of one ear being blocked with ear wax.
For an in-depth understanding of otoscopy please click here to read our recommended otoscopy procedures.
We will display your ear canal, ear wax or ear drum on the screen so you can what we see.
ONE EARMicrosuction or Irrigation
BOTH EARSMicrosuction or Irrigation
Explanation of the procedure
We will show you the equipment and we will also discuss the anatomy of the outer part of the ear.
We will explain what you have to do and how you should communicate with us should you need to. Your ear drum is only 0.1 mm thick therefore we need to help you understand the importance of following our instructions.
The procedure itself is pain free and can take anything from 5 to 15 mins per ear.
We will begin by removing any earwax that is on the edge of the canal. We tend to work around the edges as this is where the ear wax is at its softest. During the ear wax removal procedure you will hear the microsuction machine change in noise. The noise changes are when the machine is grabbing the ear wax and trying to suction it up the tubes.
As we remove the impacted ear wax we may add some oil. This will help lubricate your ear canals and help the microsuction machine grab hold of the ear wax.
We may use our hand to brace against the side of your face. This is a safety measure so you don’t move your head towards us during the microsuction procedure.
As we get deeper down the ear canal we will stop from time to time and just check in with you and make sure you are ok.
We will ask you about the noise of the microsuction machine and then we will ask you if you are ok and if the ear wax removal procedure is free from discomfort.
Your ears are now clear!
That your voice has a little echo or you may feel your voice is tinny. This is natural and a good sign that the procedure has worked. We will carry out the video otoscopy again and let you see your ear drum and your ear canal.
Your ear drum should be a nice grey opaque colour and slightly transparent. We will explain this as we go.
if all the ear wax can't be removed?
If all the ear wax cant be removed using the microstucion machine. This can be for a variety of reasons:
- Very impacted ear wax too hard to breakdown still stuck in ear or causing discomfort.
- Ear wax is very deep and there is no certainty of the ear wax and its proximity to the ear drum.
- Ear Wax is very oily and you can’t remove it with microsuction machine.
If, like option 3 there is some ear wax left, it’s soft and we can see your ear drum in some capacity we will irrigate your ear to remove the remainder of the wax. Irrigation is a gentle procedure involving 3 streams of water directed at your ear canal.
The fact that the water comes into contact with your ear canal first means the energy from the water is taken out by the ear canal. The water then runs around the ear canal and pulls the remainder of the ear wax out. The water is lukewarm and most people tell us they find this part of the procedure pleasant.
We will not carry this out without prior agreement and full and proper inspection of your ear canal. We will also refer to your medical history.
*99.9% of ear wax can be removed the same day. If you have used a cotton bud you may have impacted the wax and it may be too hard to remove with one appointment. We would advise a few days oil before a visit if this is the case. If you require a second appointment because of cotton bud use this will be charged @ £20.