How we remove ear wax using microsuction

The How we remove ear wax using microsuction video shows you the microsuction method of removing ear wax. The microsuction procedure removes ear wax using only gentle suction without any liquids entering the ear.

The audiologist wears high powered magnification lenses with a strong light source to view inside the ear canal while performing the procedure. The excess or hardened earwax, known as cerumen, is gently removed using suction. Microsuction can also be used to remove foreign bodies from the external ear canal.

Microsuction is more gentle than most other earwax removal techniques, which allows the patient to attend more regular sessions with increased comfort.

The microsuction procedure takes about thirty minutes to complete. The only preparation required prior to the procedure is that the patient uses some olive oil or Earol for five to seven days before attending the appointment.

Demonstrating the feeling to the patient

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Placing the speculum into the patient’s ear prior to microsuction

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Hello, I’m Colin Eaton, I’m the the audiologist here at Honiton Hearing Centre and today we’re going to show you how we remove wax using microsuction. I have a willing partner here in my wife Sam, who is the Patient Care Co-ordinator at the practice whose willingly agreed to let me show you for demonstration purposes how it’s carried out.

First and foremost, I would normally show our patient how the sound is from the machine.
“Ok?”
“Yes.”
And also what it sounds like or feels like on the hand.
“Yes.”
“Ok?”

And then we would proceed by putting the speculum in the ear. And that now gives me a beautifully clear view of what’s going on in the ear. We then proceed to use the microsuction tube to go inside the speculum and then gradually, bracing against the face, we go down into the ear and remove all of the wax inside the ear canal. Until it’s all gone. And as we’re doing this, all the bits are going up the tube. I don’t know if you can see the pieces going up the tube through the camera, but I can assure you they are. And then we just take it out and that should be fine.
“How’s that feeling?”
“Very fine.”
“Good.”

The microsuction process normally takes about 30 minutes. And we normally ask our clients to prepare their ears for about 5 to 7 days previously with some olive oil or Earol, which we actually supply from the Honiton Hearing Centre. So if you need to get hold of us to either buy some Earol and get your ears ready or come in and make an appointment, please feel free to give us a phone.

Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Summary:
The patient is familiaised with the sound of the microsuction machine
A speculum is used to view inside the ear
The microsuction tube goes inside the speculum to remove the ear wax
The whole process takes around half an hour

Viewing inside the ear using video otoscopy

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Using the Microsuction tube through the speculum

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Microsuction at the Honiton Hearing Centre

Usually ear wax is removed naturally, but in some circumstances ear wax may build up and may require removal with a procedure such as microsuction.

Colin Eaton, the audiologist at the Honiton Hearing Centre has produced some videos showing you about ear wax removal including how the microsuction procedure is performed.

If you live in Devon, Exeter, Wellington or any where close to Honiton we can arrange to do this for you.

We are often asked why we have ear wax. It is not as a result of poor hygiene as many people think, but a clever mix of ingredients which have an important role in protecting and cleaning our ears.

In addition to trapping dirt and any foreign multi legged insects, ear wax lubricates the skin, and provides anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties – ensuring the ear is kept healthy.

Ear wax naturally moves out of our ears. In fact, every time we talk, chew or yawn we are encouraging this process. Whilst many people remain unaffected by ear wax problems, ear wax can be a real issue for some.

So how would you know if you had an ear wax build up if you can’t see it?

The most common symptoms are a blocked sensation, a drop in hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness and discomfort. The best way to clean the ears is to use a warm washcloth when in the shower, and gently clean the outer ear up to the opening of the ear canal only. NEVER use cotton buds as you could damage your ears. They also may compact the ear wax – making it impossible to come out in the usual way. Also, using cotton buds stimulates the ear canal to produce more wax and exacerbate the problem!