MICROSUCTION EAR WAX REMOVAL NELSON
Ear Check & Wax
Do you suffer with hearing loss, fullness or pressure in the ear, or just want you ears checking? Then come in to see our expert Audiologists. For some people, ear wax can be a problem and It can even be a right pain. We use gentle microsuction to get you back on track. Microsuction is the safest technique for ear wax removal. It is used by doctors to clean the outer ear.
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- 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 ear drum or lead to tinnitus or hearing loss. Whereas microsuction is safe even if you’ve had a perforated ear drum in the past
- 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:
- While we’re doing your microsuction, we get a close-up view right inside your ear canal – and we can see exactly what we’re doing.
- It isn’t messy, like water.
Some Common Questions
Is Microsuction Safe?
Ear microsuction is the safest and the most effective procedure for examination and treatment of the ear when performed by experienced and well trained clinicians.
I Have A Perforated Eardrum, Can I Have Microsuction?
Yes. Ear microsuction is the safest method of cleaning ears with perforated ear drums. Patients who have perforated ear drums must not have their ears irrigated with water or syringed.
Does Microsuction Hurt?
If ear microsuction is performed by an experienced clinician the procedure is unlikely to be painful. The main issue that patients notice is the sound of the suction probe which is reasonably quick to become accustomed to. We use extra fine tips for suction of wax very close to the drum, in order to avoid excessive exposure to suction noise.
If you suffer with infection of the outer ear canal then the infection itself could be uncomfortable and so microsuction of the infected ear canal can be painful. However, microsuction of infected debris and wax from the external ear canal is the most effective treatment for external ear infection (otitis externa), along with antibiotic drop useage if the cause is bacterial. You can help reduce some of the discomfort by taking your preferred painkiller an hour prior to attending your appointment.
How Long Will It Take?
In most cases it takes up to 15 minutes to perform microsuction on both ears. It is very important to keep as still as you can during the procedure. The ear canal is very small and it is in very close proximity to the eardrum. Even small movements can take the ear canal image out of focus and so prolong the appointment duration.