Procedure cost : $90
What is microsuction?
Microsuction is one of the safest methods to clean the ear. The Audiologist looks at your ear using a Headscope or Video Otoscope. This magnifies the ear, making it easier to visualize the presence of ear wax and the degree of occlusion. A gentle vacuum machine which induces mild suction is used to clean the ear without the use of water. As the procedure is done using gentle suction, this is usually pain free and unlikely to cause any side effects. When microsuction is being used to remove hard wax impact, the procedure tends to be easier if wax softening drops ( eg: waxsol, over the counter purchase) is used for two nights before, and on the morning of, the appointment.
Who needs microsuction?
Most people can have their ear wax removed at their GP practise using irrigation method (flushing ear canal with water). This is a safe procedure as long as it is done by a GP or by a trained nurse practitioner.
Microsuction is recommended for people who should not have water in their ears, mainly due to the below given reasons:
- History of complications from a previous syringing/irrigation method.
- History of ear infections, especially within 2 to 3 months.
- History of ear surgery, especially having active grommets inserted within 12 months. (Excludes cosmetic surgeries to ear)
- History of ear drum perforations (multiple).
- A cleft palate (repaired or not).
- Ear infections (Acute otitis externa/otitis media).
Signs and Symptoms of Earwax Buildup
The appearance of earwax varies from light yellow to dark brown. Darker colours do not necessarily indicate that there is a blockage.
Signs of earwax buildup include:
- sudden or partial hearing loss, which is usually temporary
- tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing in the ear
- a feeling of fullness in the ear
Unremoved earwax buildup may lead to infection. Contact your doctor if you experience the symptoms of infection, such as:
- severe pain in your ear
- pain in your ear that does not subside
- drainage from your ear
- persistent hearing loss
- an odour coming from your ear
It’s important to note that hearing loss, dizziness, and earaches also have many other causes. You should see your doctor if any of these symptoms are frequent. A full medical evaluation can help determine whether the problem is due to excess earwax or another health issue entirely.