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.

Here's how it works

Funnel

A small metal funnel is placed gently in your ear canal. The audiologist uses this as a guide for the micro suction nozzle.

Microscope

Specialist binocular glasses or a microscope are used to see deep into the ear canal with high magnification. This allows the audiologist to clearly see into the ears during the procedure making the treatment safe and highly effective.

Suction

Ear suction is carried out with a small sucker attached to a low-pressure machine that works like a gentle vacuum cleaner. The audiologist may also use fine instruments (like tiny scoops) to help remove the earwax.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a doctors referral?

No, although your doctor or audiologist may recommend you to come to the clinic for ear wax removal or cleaning of an ear infection, you don’t require a referral.

How long does it take?

Depending on several factors, it can take Approximately 30 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer if there is a large build up of wax, or a blockage in the ear canal. Our aim is to complete the service safely so you no longer feel pain or discomfort.

Is it painful?

No, it’s a ticklish sensation, and the suction makes a slurpy noise in your ear. Ear suction can be noisy and you may feel some mild discomfort. If you experience any dizziness or other discomfort please advise the audiologist immediately.

Who provides the micro-suction cleaning?

Our clinician Karen Cooper, is a fully qualified audiologist who has also completed a nationally accredited course in Micro-suction Ear Hygiene.

Who can have micro-suction ear cleaning?

Micro-suction cleaning can be performed on adults, children and infants over 6 months. Being water free, this is also the best method for those who have had ear surgery or a history of ear infections.

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