Ear Wax Removal

Ears produce wax which in most cases will naturally migrate out on it’s own accord. Sometimes the wax can become excessive and cause a blockage. Some people are prone to an excessive build up of wax or can be attributed to hearing aid use, cotton buds (or similar objects), narrow ear canals or hairy ears. Blocked ears can be uncomfortable and could result in temporary hearing loss, tinnitus or even dizziness.

Family Hearing offers gentle, professional wax removal via microsuction by a qualified Audiologist.

Do I need Ear Wax Removal? The following symptoms may be indicative of issues relating to ear wax:

  • Partial or complete hearing loss in one or both ears
  • Earache or pain in the ear
  • Sensation of fullness or blockage in the ear
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing sound in the ear)
  • Itching or discomfort in the ear canal
  • Dizziness or a sense of imbalance
  • Coughing or a persistent cough due to stimulation of the cough reflex by the ear canal
  • Foul odor coming from the ear
  • Discharge or fluid draining from the ear
  • Difficulty fitting a hearing aid properly into the ear

Prior to Your Appointment – it is recommended that you use olive oil ear spray or drops daily for up to a week prior to the appointment.

At Your Appointment – the audiologist will discuss issues relating to your ear health. They will then look in your ears to determine wax removal requirements. The audiologist will use an ear camera to show you images of your ear and associated wax. They will then remove the wax via microsuction which is our preferred method of wax removal.

What is microsuction?

Microsuction is a safe and effective method used to remove excess earwax or impacted earwax from the ear canal. It is a procedure performed by trained healthcare professionals, typically audiologists or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists.

During a microsuction procedure, a special instrument called a microscope or an operating microscope is used to magnify the ear canal and provide a clear view of the earwax and the structures inside the ear. A suction device, often attached to a low-pressure suction pump, is then used to gently and precisely remove the earwax.

The healthcare professional performing the procedure wears protective eyewear and uses a fine sterile suction tube or speculum to carefully suction out the earwax. The procedure is performed under direct visualization, allowing for greater control and minimizing the risk of injury to the ear canal or eardrum.

Microsuction is generally well-tolerated and considered safer than other methods such as ear syringing, which involves flushing the ear with water. It is particularly suitable for individuals who have a history of eardrum perforations, ear infections, or who have had previous ear surgery.

The procedure is typically quick and usually does not require any pre-treatment or the use of eardrops beforehand. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional who can assess your specific situation and determine the most appropriate method for earwax removal, including the possibility of microsuction.

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15 Princes Road, Shield Clinic, Brunton Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 5TT