Micro-suction as a tool for ear wax removal has been around for a very long time. Generally, most ent departments used micro-suction to remove ear wax from the ear canals of people with perforations or large cavities after mastoid operations. The reason was simple, removal of ear wax using water could be dangerous for these people.
We mainly use microsuction as our preferred option as it is cleaner, non-invasive and significantly quicker than irrigation and find that most people find it more comfortable. Our recommendation if you have wax is to put olive oil, or preferably sodium bicarbonate ear drops in to your ears 2 to 3 days prior to your appointment as this will aid removal.
Wax is the body’s natural protection of the ear canal, but too much of it can cause problems. We went to the clear ear clinic in oxford to get our ears cleared with a procedure called microsuction. It’s done with a tiny vacuum that hoovers everything that’s in the ear gently. It takes around 15 minutes to clean both ears.
A lot of people use eardrops as the first option for wax removal. These may soften or loosen the wax so it can work its way out naturally. There are many ear drops on the market. The active ingredients tend to be hydrogen peroxide, sodium bicarbonate, or sodium chloride. These drops might be effective but they can also be irritating for people with sensitive skin.
If ear drops or ear irrigation do not work, other options include: microsuction, which is a quick and comparatively painless treatment involving a small device which sucks out the wax from your ear. This is usually a safe option even if you have a damaged eardrum. An aural toilet uses a thin instrument with a hoop at one end to clean your ear and remove the wax.
Traditionally, ear wax is removed by ‘syringing’, which means water is forced into your ear canal to clear the wax. Here’s why modern microsuction is better: it isn’t messy, like water. It’s much safer than syringing. Water irrigation can lead to bleeding and soreness from bruising or a resulting infection. When it goes badly wrong, syringing can perforate your eardrum or lead to tinnitus or hearing loss. Whereas microsuction is safe even if you’ve had a perforated eardrum in the past.
Microsuction is a safe and comfortable way to remove earwax
Using our services ensures that you have your earwax removed safely, quickly and by a person, you can trust. The process is usually over in a few minutes and the majority of people find it easy and comfortable. The technique is the safest way to remove earwax as the professional can see everything they are doing during the removal.