Ear Microsuction

What is ear Microsuction?

Microsuction is the procedure of choice for ear wax removal as it has been found to be safer and more effective than ear irrigation (syringing). There is a lower risk of infection, and the procedure avoids contact with the internal ear structures. Microsuction uses a small vacuum to suck out the wax from the ear canal. Please note that this clinic appointment is not diagnostic; it is for the removal of ear wax only.

What do I need to do before my appointment?

Please prepare for your appointment by using olive oil drops from your local pharmacy in the affected ear; 2-3 drops twice daily for the 7 days preceding your procedure. Sodium bicarbonate 5% drops may be used as an alternative. This treatment is to soften the wax which will in turn help in providing successful microsuction. NEVER insert cotton buds into the ear canal as this could push wax further into the ear, or worse, perforate the ear drum.

What to expect after your appointment?

After the ear suction, we may provide you with some aftercare instructions, such as avoiding excessive water exposure or using ear drops to maintain ear health. If you continue with hearing loss, or other related symptoms such as tinnitus, following successful microsuction, you should visit your general practitioner (GP) for review as it is likely that there will be other factors causing your symptoms.

As with all procedures, there are risks, however these are minimal. Some people may feel dizzy following the procedure as structures within the ear can affect balance. For this reason, we advise you to consider your travel arrangements prior to the procedure, as you should not drive while dizzy.