What Is Micro Suction?
Micro suction earwax removal is the removal of ear wax from the ear using a medical suction device under the microscope with illumination.
Who Can Perform Micro Suction?
A Micro Suction Practitioner must be an appropriately trained, registered and insured professional. Typically microsuction is performed by a Doctor, ENT Surgeon, Specialist Nurse or Audiologist. Our clinics are staffed by Specialist Nurses and Audiologists.
How Safe Is Micro Suction?
Micro suction introduces no water into the ear and only removes wax from the ear using gentle suction. The Micro Suction Practitioner uses a pair of operating microscopes known as “loupes” and a bright light to see into your ear canal in great detail. This way, he or she can see exactly what they are doing inside your ear. The suction wands are sterile, so the risk of infection is virtually nil. For these reasons, microsuction is considered the safest method of removing wax from the ear.
Does Micro Suction Hurt?
Our Micro Suction Practitioners are highly trained, and will gently draw the wax from your ear using a CE-certified medical suction pump. We recommend that you use a couple of squirts of Earol sterile olive oil spray, or a few drops of olive oil in either ear for a few days before your appointent, and the procedure is painless.
How Soon Can I Be Seen?
We recommend that you use a couple of squirts of Earol in either ear for a few days prior to your appointment, but if you have already softened the wax we may be able to see you sooner, depending on how busy our clinics are.
I’ve Had Ear Surgery And Can’t Get My Ear Syringed – What About Micro Suction?
After ear surgery, you may have been told to keep your ear dry and never have it syringed (irrigated), as there may be a risk of perforating your ear drum or causing an infection. Fortunately, micro suction doesn’t introduce any water into the ear, and providing that your surgery has healed there should be no problem. As always, please check with your surgeon that he or she is happy for the procedure to be carried out.
I Have A Perforated Ear Drum And Can’t Get My Ear Syringed – What About Micro Suction?
The same applies as for the previous question. However, we recommend that you don’t use any ear drops or sprays prior to your appointment. Micro suction or dry instrument removal are the only two methods that are recommended if you have a perforation or have had ear surgery.
What Is The Difference Between Microsuction And Endoscopic Earwax Removal?
Microsuction is the removal of ear wax using suction and either the operating microscope or surgical loupes. Normally a 2mm Zoellner tube is used, but a 1.3mm fine end may be used when working close to the ear drum. Endoscopic Earwax Removal is the removal of earwax using an otoendoscope or video-otoendoscope to view the ear canal and ear drum, and various removal tools such as suction, the Jobson Horne probe, earwax hook, or crocodile forceps. Each method requires different skill sets and further training under an ENT consultant is recommended if ear wax will be removed endoscopically.