Ear wax is part of our body’s normal physiology and does not necessarily need to be removed. It coats the ear canal to moisturise it, fight off infection and help keep dust, dirt, and other debris from getting deep inside your ear. However, wax may be considered suitable for removal if the eardrum needs to be inspected to help make a medical diagnosis. Other reasons may include symptoms such as reduced hearing, tinnitus, pain, pressure, vertigo and interference with hearing aids, or if the wax has been compacted by the use of cotton buds etc.
World of Hearing’s Principal Audiologist, Karen Cooper, is trained and qualified in aural hygiene and Micro-suction wax removal treatment. We are one of few audiology clinics in Brisbane that have a purpose-built micro-suction room that allows us to facilitate safe and comfortable removal of excess and unwanted ear wax.
On completion of their procedure World of Hearing clients walk away with relief from their previously blocked ears, thanks to Karen’s expertise and experience in micro-suction ear wax removal and her kind-spirited nature.
In some instances compacted wax which has been accumulating over time can be extremely hard and may require softeners such as medical grade olive oil and low-strength hydrogen peroxide. This may be administered before the Micro-Suction procedure can commence. If we’re unable to remove all of the wax at the first visit, we will have you return for a second session free of charge – our goal is to complete the service. We also send our clients home with a management plan and some medical-grade olive oil to use at home.
Micro-suction is a step forward in the treatment of ear conditions requiring the removal of wax, foreign objects or infection. This procedure is a lot safer than the more commonly known ear syringing technique. During ear syringing, wax is flushed out ‘blindly’ with a pressurised stream of water. According to a report from RACGP, 1 in 1000 patients experience major complications with water syringing procedures. With Micro-suction, the wax is constantly visualised under a Microscope whilst it is being removed with a small vacuum-like tool.
Removal of ear wax with Microscope and Micro-suction is preferred to ear syringing because it is:
- Quicker and more precise
- Gentle on the ear canal and more comfortable for the patient
- Safer with a lower risk of infection and a lower risk of damaging the eardrum, middle ear and inner ear structure.