More and more people are finding they are having to go private for ear wax removal issues, some surgeries have stopped providing ear syringing or there may be long waiting times. If you have been to see your GP and have been confirmed you have blocked ears, it will be advisable to get it removed by a trained professional. You would have been advised by your GP to use drops, in most cases the wax will still need to be removed by a professional.
Does Microsuction hurt?
An Audiologist will advise to soften the ear wax prior to the appointment, this helps the earwax become loose and less likely to cause pain during the removal. You will feel a slight pull in certain circumstances when the ear wax hasn’t been softened well. The Audiologist may use olive oil in your ears to help with the ear wax removal. Often hard ear wax has formed over a long period of time and can be stuck to the ear canal/ eardrum.
Can Microsuction remove hard wax?
Yes the audiologist may still be able to remove the ear wax during the appointment, by using olive oil spray. The audiologist will request you to tilt your head slightly allowing the oil to work its way down the ear canal and soak the ear wax. In some cases the ear wax may not be removed at the first appointment and a follow up appointment may be required.
Is Microsuction better then syringing?
Microsuction is a dry procedure, so less likely to cause ear infections. Microsuction may not remove all the ear wax and some ear wax could be left as this is a natural protection against bacteria/dust.
The Audiologist has full view of the ear canal during the procedure whereas syringing uses a high water force that can cause perforation in the eardrum.
The chances of microsuction causing a perforation is very miniscule as the Audiologist is trained not to go too close to the eardrum.
Irrigation can sometimes cause an individual to feel dizzy and sick, this is less likely with microsuction.
Microsuction can be used in previous operated ears, known perforations or someone with an ear infection. Syringing can’t be used in those circumstances due to risks of further damage.
Do I need to soften ear wax before microsuction?
At Hear Again we advise to soften wax prior to your appointment, 3-5 days before. We only recommend olive oil to soften the wax as it’s a natural product and less likely to cause irritation in the ear.
How to soften earwax?
To apply olive oil drops, lay on one side and insert a couple of drops. Allow a couple of minutes and do the same for the other side. To repeat 2 to 3 times a day for approximately 3 days. Make sure to place an old towel on your pillow to avoid staining your bedding.
Does Microsuction make tinnitus worse?
In some cases tinnitus may seem worse after the procedure due to the cold sensation in the ear / noise of the machine. Usually this is a temporary change and should settle within a couple of days. Some people have reported tinnitus after microsuction.
Why does my ear still feel blocked after microsuction?
This is due to micro-suction causing the temperature in the ear canal to cool down during the procedure, this should only be temporary. We often perform a pressure test (tympanometry), to rule out any congestion behind the eardrum. The Audiologist will explain your results to you. Sometimes it could be due to issues behind the eardrum that causes the blocked ear sensation (glue ear). We advise to wait a week or so, if it hasn’t improved to get back in touch or speak to your GP.
Who can perform microsuction?
Microsuction is a very skilled procedure and should only be performed by trained individuals with appropriate training. Typically microsuction is performed by Audiologists, Doctors, ENT surgeons and specialist Nurses.
What are the symptoms of ear wax build up?
- Ear pain
- Reduced hearing
- Tinnitus (sounds from inside ears/head)
- Itchy ears
- Dizziness problems
Why is my ear wax smelly?
If you are experiencing discharge from your ears and there is a smell, it may be due to an ear infection, please see your your GP for appropriate medical treatment.
Does Hopi-candle work?
There is no evidence that hopi ear candle work, we do not recommend any self-removal tools as this could potentially cause further harm to your ears. No inspection of the ear is done before and after to determine whether the wax has been removed
We would not recommend Q Twists, hopi ear candles or any of its derivatives as we have found these to cause earwax to be pushed right to the back of the ear canal. This can cause the ear wax to be pushed against the eardrum, resulting in ear pain, tinnitus, trauma to the ear canal or worse case a perforation.