Ear wax is something that we deal with on a daily basis, and although it may be inconvenient, it is something that we should avoid overly tampering with. Now when there is an excessive amount of ear wax is when it can become problematic and requires ear wax removal.
There are a variety of methods when it comes to ear wax removal, but if you would like your ear wax removed by an expert, it would be best to consider microsuction ear wax removal.
What is ear wax?
Cerumen, or commonly known as ear wax, is naturally secreted in the ear canals. It moisturises the skin of the ear canal and protects it from substances such as bacteria by preventing such substances from entering inside the ear. If they do happen to enter the ear, this can cause damage and irritation to the ear, which can lead to various health problems.
Excess ear wax is also a cause for concern as this can result in health implications as well. Ear wax naturally falls out of the ear, but some people are more prone to excess ear wax which can build up over time. Ear wax build up could occur for a number of reasons, and if you suspect you have ear wax build up, it is a good idea to begin looking for solutions on how to remove it.
The following symptoms and signs may indicate that you have excess ear wax:
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
- Temporary hearing loss
- A feeling that your ear is blocked/muffled noises
If these symptoms are left untreated, it could result in more serious implications like infection that will require medical attention. Do not hesitate to consult with your nearest GP if you believe that you are experiencing extreme discomfort regarding your ears.
What is microsuction ear wax removal?
Microsuction ear wax removal is a method of removing ear wax by using a small suction device that will gently vacuum out the ear wax. A microscope is used in order to see inside your ear properly. This is done by a professional with microsuction experience so you can rest assured that any excess ear wax will be removed without harm.
The procedure itself is quick, usually only taking approximately 15 to 30 minutes – so it is a good option for those who do not like being probed or prodded for long periods of time as the procedure is more comfortable. Microsuction is suitable and safe for all people, even those who have previously had ear surgery, or have a perforated eardrum or grommet.
It is recommended, however, that any ear infection should first be treated by a GP before proceeding with microsuction. You may also want to consider softening the ear wax with ear-safe oil drops like olive oil before the procedure, but this is not entirely necessary – it really depends on the clinician who will be performing the procedure.
On the one hand, as with any clinical procedure, there can be some side effects, and it is important that you know about them before deciding on microsuction. The following are side effects of microsuction that you may experience:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Temporary hearing loss
The side effects are due to the caloric effect in microsuction since the temperature inside the ear is cooled during the procedure. However, these symptoms are not permanent and do not last very long.
Microsuction is deemed to be a slightly better method of removing ear wax compared to others like irrigation as it does not expose the ear to moisture and is a relatively faster procedure. In fact, one study found that microsuction was successful in clearing ear wax of 91% of 159 patients.
Microsuction ear wax removal at Welling Ear Wax Clinic
If you are interested in excess ear wax removal, please visit our microsuction ear wax removal clinic for a safe and professional method of removing your ear wax. At Welling Ear Wax Clinic, our microsuction services are available at £40 for one ear and only £60 for both ears.
You can trust us with your ear wax removal as we have professional and experienced staff who are here to help you every step of the way.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information, or simply book an appointment with us on our booking form. We also accept walk-ins, so feel free to pop by if you are in the area. We look forward to seeing you at our clinic!