Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about ear wax removal? We’ll answer your most common queries here:
What is ear wax and how is it treated?

Ear wax is essential to protect the ears from bacteria, dirt and dust. It’s produced naturally by the body but sometimes it creates too much of it and that can muffle your hearing. Microsuction is the best technique to treat excess ear wax. It involves using a suction device to clean your ear with no need for any water quickly and painlessly.

How long does the procedure take and does it hurt?

Usually, it’s possible to treat both ears in just 30 minutes. From time to time a second appointment is necessary. The procedure itself is quick and painless although it can be quite noisy (think of a mini vacuum cleaner in your ear) and a strange sensation at first.

Are there any side effects from ear wax removal?

Microsuction is very safe, however, you might notice that there are some temporary changes, especially if your ear wax has built up over a long period of time. You may experience: 

  • A cold sensation in your ears
  • Greater sensitivity to sound
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Soreness or throbbing in the ears

These symptoms will usually pass in a day or so as your body starts to adjust.

How often should I remove ear wax?

Everybody produces a different amount of ear wax and some people produce excess wax more quickly than others. While some people only require an occasional appointment, others require regular appointments in order to manage the build-up.

Can I have microsuction if I've previously had ear surgery, ear infections or a perforated ear?
Unlike other types of ear wax removal procedure, microsuction is safe even if you’ve had ear surgery, an ear infection or a perforated eardrum.
How does microsuction differ from other ear wax removal procedures?
Unlike ear irrigation and syringing, microsuction doesn’t flush water into your ear canal. Instead, this dry procedure uses a suction device to remove wax safely and with a reduced risk of infection.

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