Dry, safe and effective earwax removal
Microsuction is a great way to remove troublesome ear wax. Our clinician looks into yours ears using powerful magnification. This makes it easier to assess and treat.
A specialist medical suction unit is used to safely extract the ear wax without the use of water. It is generally quick and painless but can be noisy at times.
It is recommended that you use olive oil for at least 3 days prior to treatment. However, if you are experiencing discomfort, same day appointments can be provided and the ear wax can still be removed effectively. The oil helps to soften the wax which can help with the procedure but is not essential for a successful outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can have microsuction?
Microsuction is required when the ear has occluding or troublesome wax, debris or excessive skin. It can generally be performed on anyone because it is a completely dry procedure. Many of the risk factors which would prevent you from having your ears irrigated (syringed) by the GP do not apply to microsuction. This means that microsuction has a very high success rate.
Do I need to use drops before treatment?
With microsuction it is not essential to use ear drops prior to treatment. However if you are a new client and have not been advised otherwise, we tend to recommend using drops for about 3 days beforehand. This can help if your ears are feeling uncomfortable and also if the wax is very dry. If the wax is too dry it can be more uncomfortable and difficult to remove. If you have any concerns on which drops to use then please contact us to discuss this with a clinician.
Does microsuction hurt?
Microsuction should not hurt, however if the ear is already painful prior to the procedure, some discomfort is possible. The ear canal is very sensitive so lots of care and attention is taken to prevent causing any pain. The suction device is noisy and this can be uncomfortable for some. Your clinician will discuss this with you prior to the treatment and ensure you feel comfortable throughout.
Is microsuction safe?
Microsuction is very safe and effective. Our clinician is expertly trained and experienced and uses top of the range equipment to ensure the best possible outcome.
What ages can have microsuction?
At our clinics we are able to treat those who are ages 16 and above. Children are able to have microsuction, however we are unable to provide their treatment. We would recommend discussing any concerns with a GP if you feel your child has blocked ears.
Can I fly after having microsuction?
Yes you can, unless advised not to due to other medical reasons.
How long does it take?
The length of treatment will depend on the blockage and the consistency of the wax. It will also be longer if you have both ears treated compared to just one. Do allow up to 45 minutes in your schedule.
How frequently can I have microsuction?
You can have microsuction as often as you need it. Generally clients return yearly, however some are more frequent and some are less frequent, it all depends on how quickly the wax builds up. Each time you attend, your clinician will discuss the side effects with you.
I have otitis externa (inflammation/infection of the ear canal). Can I still have microsuction?
Yes you can. It is always recommended to visit a GP if you are concerned you have an ear infection before having any wax removal treatment.
Microsuction can be used to remove debris from ear infections. If you ear is extremely swollen and painful, it may not be possible to safely visualise the ear canal in order to remove the wax. Your clinician will discuss this with you. If the ear canal is painful due to an infection then there may be more discomfort with wax removal.
How much does microsuction cost?
Microsuction with Kent Wax Removal costs £55. It is the same price for one or both ears. We schedule you in for a 45 minute appointment which allows time for you to relax and get to know your clinician. We take a medical history relating to your ears and we do a full ear examination. After this point we will lay you down on the couch and guide you through the process. People often feel a huge sense of relief after the procedure and side effects are rare but you will be fully informed of all the risks prior to treatment by your clinician.
Does wax come back?
More often than not the wax will re-occur. It is common for clients to have the wax removed at regular intervals before it gets too blocked.
What if no wax is found?
If after examination the clinician finds that is no wax in the ears, then a video otoscopy is performed. This will allow the client to see into their ear canal on the screen. The clinician will discuss your symptoms and advise the next step accordingly based on their knowledge and experience. This may mean referring you back to your GP. If no wax is found then the consultation price is £30.
What happens if we can’t get the wax out?
If the wax cannot safely be removed with microsuction, other methods of wax removal will be attempted (if appropriate). This could include using manual instruments or irrigation. If the wax will still not come out, your clinician will usually advise returning in one week for a follow up after having used ear drops. Each client is different though so this may not be the advise you are given. If you are to come back for a follow up then the next appointment will cost £30 instead of £55.
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