Microsuction ear wax removal

Microsuction ear wax removal is the most commonly used technique to remove a build-up of wax from the ear. A build-up of ear wax can affect people of any age, at any time. Ear wax usually passes from the body naturally, but sometimes it needs a little more encouragement.

Microsuction is a painless and quick procedure which safely removes ear wax.

What is microsuction ear wax removal?

Experts widely agree that ear microsuction is the safest method of ear wax removal, and ear microsuction offers several advantages over syringing or irrigation:
  • Microsuction can still be used where an ear drum perforation exists
  • It is safe to use at the time of an external or middle ear infection
  • Risks are comparatively lower than with ear irrigation or syringing
  • It’s carried out under high magnification for more detailed viewing and precise treatment.

Microsuction ear wax removal is considered the gold standard of removing ear wax and debris, helping Customers to be free of blockages and discomfort.

What is the process for microsuction ear wax removal?

Ear microsuction is the removal of ear wax using a high magnification microscope and a small, very thin, steel fitting attached to a suction pipe.

The clinician will examine the ear using a binaural microscope called a head loupe (magnifying glasses). With a clear view of the ear canal, the wax is carefully removed using low suction.

This is the most common way to remove ear wax build up from the ear canal due to its effectiveness, painlessness and safety. The whole process takes just a few minutes, and most people report no discomfort during the procedure.

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Ear Wax Microsuction FAQ

Ear microsuction entails the use of a gentle vacuum machine to leave the ear free of wax. A microscope allows us to see clearly into the ear to carry out the procedure. The end results for the patient are better hearing and cleaner ears.

A suction device is used to remove the earwax under a microscope. A small, thin wand is placed inside the ear canal to carefully suction the wax away.

Microsuction should not cause any pain or discomfort. However, due to the sensitive nature of the ear canal, extra care is taken to avoid touching the surface so as to prevent discomfort. No anaesthetic or analgesia is generally used to perform the procedure. The suction can sound relatively noisy. If you have an ear infection or inflammation in the ear canal, the procedure may be slightly uncomfortable.

This is a very quick procedure and usually only takes around 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

No preparation is required for micro-suction to be performed. However, it is recommended to use olive oil based ear drops for a couple of days before the procedure to soften the wax. If you have an ear infection (external or internal) it is recommended to have this treated by a GP before micro-suction as these conditions can make the procedure uncomfortable. Alternatively, the ear canal can be suctioned to help clear up the infection.

A General Practitioner (GP) is unlikely to perform micro-suction and will most often refer you to a Pharmacist, ENT or Audiologist, all of whom are qualified to perform the procedure. You can make an appointment directly with us and we should be able to accommodate you within a day or two. Or simply walk in to our clinic and we should be able to carry out the procedure right away.

The cost for the procedure is £40 for one ear and £60 for both ears.

An otoscopic examination is performed before microsuction, which provides video of the inner ear and will detect a wax build-up. If no wax is found, the procedure will not be performed. However, if wax is present, the procedure will go ahead.

The procedure is considered to be entirely safe although, as per any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with micro-suction. Some dizziness may occur for a short time after micro-suction. Tinnitus may result from the procedure but should dissipate naturally. Damage to the ear canal is very rare.

If the ear has healed entirely post surgery, micro-suction is entirely safe for patients who have had ear surgery in the past.

Wax is constantly created by the ears and can build-up in the ear canal again. Micro-suction can be performed as often as necessary to remove excess ear wax.

Experts have a clear view on Microsuction. Based on studies, it is the safest method of ear wax removal, resulting in the lowest risk of complications.

No procedure is 100% risk free, but Microsuction offers clear advantages over ear irrigation:

  • For tympanic membrane (eardrum) perforation, microsuction is recommended
  • if the ear has an infection of the external or middle ear, microsuction is the only technique safe to perform wax or debris removal;
  • microsuction is a more comfortable process, completed in only a few minutes;
  • no liquids used during the process;
  • no ear drops or pre-treatment required
  • pain free

Welcome to Welling

The Welling Ear Wax Clinic has been serving the local community since 2016.

Local legend has it that Welling is so called because in the era of horse-drawn vehicles it could be said you were “well in” to Kent, or had a “well end” to the journey up and down Shooters Hill which at the time was steep and a notorious haunt of highwaymen. The origin of the name is most likely from ‘Welwyn’ (meaning ‘place of the spring’), due to the underground spring located at Welling Corner, or possibly a reference to the Willing family, who lived in the area in the 1300s.

Also at Welling Corner is the Russian cannon.  Imagine the sound all those years ago and imagine the sound clarity after a visit to the Welling Ear Wax Clinic!