Microsuction ear wax removal
ONE EAR | £30
TWO EARS | £50
Microsuction is a safe, gentle and effective method of removing ear wax from the ear. It is considered the gold-standard of wax removal by ear, nose and throat professionals in the UK. It is safe, even for ears with a history of perorations, operations and infections. No water is used in the process and there is no need to use ear drops or olive oil beforehand which means you can book in immediately for instant relief.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
The microsuction was quick and painless and my hearing is now perfect.
I thought the only way to remove wax was to have them syringed after using oil for several weeks- microsuction is a revelation.
I was told there was a 6 week wait on the NHS. I decided to go private and glad I did.
Do I need to use ear drops before my microsuction appointment?
Ear drops are not necessary to use before microsuction. Microsuction works best on the original, hard wax.
Does microsuction hurt?
Microsuction should be painless. You can sometimes feel a pulling sensation when the wax comes out and the procedure can be a little noisy, but overall it is very comfortable.
How long does it take?
Microsuction normally takes about half an hour. Much of that time is examining the ear and taking a medical history, so the procedure is really very quick.
I have never had microsuction done before, what does it involve?
The ear is examined with a camera scope before and after microsuction which means you will also be able to see your ear. During the procedure, a small plastic funnel is placed in the entrance of the ear and the suction tip is inserted into the ear and placed onto the wax. The wax is then suctioned out of the ear very gently until the ear drum is visible.
All that is required from you is that you keep your head still and keep nice and relaxed. You should feel very little in the ear, it's just the noise of the machine that you will be aware of.
How much does it cost?
£30 for one ear, £50 for two.
Who carries out the procedure and what are their qualifications?
The procedure is carried out by Amelia Quinta, who is a highly qualified audiologist and microsuction instructor. She gained her first degree in audiology from the University of Bristol and her second post-graduate degree from the University of Manchester. In 2016 she trained to become an instructor in microsuction ear wax removal, teaching other audiologists, GPs and nurses in the skill of microsuction, so you're in very safe hands.
How is it different to irrigation/syringing?
Microsuction does not use water. It works on dry wax and simply suctions the wax out of the ear, a little bit like a hoover. Irrigation and syringing involve pumping water into the ear and then letting the water drain out, bringing bits of wax with it. For irrigation to work effectively, the wax has to be very soft and loose - this is why you must use ear drops before an irrigation appointment. Microsuction can be used on the original hard wax, so no ear drops are required.
Microsuction is performed using microscope glasses so the removal is very precise; the clinician can see exactly where they are in the ear and what they are removing at all times. Irrigation/syringing is carried out blindly.
Because of this, microsuction is considered to be safer than irrigation/syringing. Furthermore, when water is introduced into the ear it increases the risk of infection. Water is also not advised if there is a history of perforations, operations or infections.
Is it safe?
Microsuction is considered to be the gold-standard of wax removal technique by Ear, Nose and Throat professionals. It is safe to use on all types of ears, even those with perforations or a history of operations. It carries much less risk of infection and trauma compared to irrigation/syringing.