Micro suction ear wax removal Frequently Asked Questions

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Micro Suction FAQ

Does Ear Wax Removal Via Micro Suction Hurt?

On the whole ear wax removal via micro suction is a painless procedure, the skin inside the ear canal is very delicate as it is not used to being touched however this should not cause pain. Due to the structure of the ear canal the outer third is formed of cartilage and the inner two thirds are made up of the temporal bone therefore deep impacted wax can feel more sensitive than the earwax in the outer third. The Patient should feel relaxed at all times, Our Audiologist will ask patients to sit very still during the wax removal process to enable to Audiologist to remove all debris and wax blockages from the ear canal.


How Long Does Ear Wax Removal Take?

A Micro Suction appointment will typically take around 30 minutes, At The Hearing Studio we allow a the first ten minutes to answer any questions the patient may have about the procedure and conduct a thorough case history. Our Audiologist will then assess the outer ear and ear canal using video otoscopy (A small Camera to go into the ear which you can see on a TV).

Our Audiologist will then talk through the best procedure and how impacted the earwax inside the ear.

The Microsuction procedure typically lasts anytime between 5-10 minutes whilst the waxis being removed from the ear.

TheAudiologist will then show you back inside the ear to show you the generalhealth of the ear canal and ear drum and advise you on future ear care and howto slow down or prevent the wax from building up again.


What CanI Do to Stop Wax Production?

Once ouraudiologist has performed micro suction, they will talk you through how toprevent ear wax from building up in the ears, in some cases it is in yourgenetics and you will always produce ear wax but we may be able to offer sometips on how the stop the wax production happening so quickly.


What Arethe Side Effects to Micro Suction?

DespiteMicro Suction being seen as the Gold Standard when it comes to ear wax removalit still does have some small risks to the patient – It is vital that you see aclinician that has the correct Training and equipment to remove the ear wax.



Due to theCold air being passed around the Ear canal it can cause the vestibular systemto cool which can lead to a temporary sensation of vertigo or faintness.

This shouldonly be a temporary sensation and will pass within a few moments.


Getting anear infection after microsuction is very rare but as with any medical procedurethere is a small risk. Each piece of equipment is single use and individuallypackaged which our audiologist will open in the appointment these are put inmedical waste bins after every appointment as well as the area is cleanedbetween patients. However, if you are unlucky to get an infection ouraudiologists will see you again with no fee to enable to correct treatment isadministered.

TemporaryHearing Loss

In veryrare cases microsuction can cause something called a temporary threshold shiftin your hearing. As the name suggests this is a short term issue that isuncommon after ear wax removal. If you have ever been to see your favorite bandand due to the loud noise exposure you have a ringing and feeling of fulness inthe ears. This is the ears way of protecting itself against permanent damageduring exposure to noise.



WhatTraining Do your Staff Have for Micro Suction?

All Staffthat perform ear wax removal via microsuction at the Alresford Hearing Studiosare Audiologists. They have years of knowledge and experience in removal earwax and dealing with hearing health.


Do I Need to use olive oil before My appointment?

We recommend using olive oil for 72 hours prior to the appointment in order to create some lubrication in order to manipulate the ear wax out of the ear. Olive oil will break the harder wax down to enable safe and easy removal.


CanMicro Suction Removal Ear Wax From The Ear Drum?

Yes ourAudiologists have the correct microscopic equipment to remove ear wax from theear drum. This is a much more delicate procedure than from the outer ear canalbut our Audiologist will explain the process and show you all that is happeninginside the ear through the video otoscopy.

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