Ear Wax and Micro-Suction

Why Ear Wax Removal

Earwax (cerumen) is a misunderstood natural secretion and essential tool that our ears use for self-cleaning. By trapping foreign particles, ear wax protects the ear canal, this natural lubricant then works its way to the outer ear where it can be gently wiped away. However, earwax left uncleaned, can build up and lead to a plugged feeling in the ear or even an impaction or blockage of the ear canal.

Symptoms of ear wax blockage

When the earwax buildup is blocking the ear canal, this is called impaction. The symptoms of impaction can include:

  • Ringing or fullness in the ear
  • Impaired hearing
  • Earache or sharp pain in the ear
  • Dizziness or coughing
  • Bad odor that comes from the affected ear

Methods used to remove ear wax

  1. Curettage which uses a fine instrument to scoop out earwax. This method is the preferred wax removal method of Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons.
  2. Micro-suction is a water free, safe, and effective way to remove excess ear wax or earwax impaction. Micro-suction is widely considered a gentle and effective way to remove wax.

Please be advised that the service for wax removal is currently only accessible at specific locations.

Your Hearing Professional Can Always Help

The best recommendation is to always consult with a hearing professional if you are concerned about earwax. These procedures are available in some of our clinics, and you will need to contact the clinic near you to see if that clinic can provide this service.