Ear Microsuctioning

Microsuctioning is an ear wax removal technique which is safe and comfortable. It involves the use of a microscope or surgical loupes with a bright light attached which provides the technician a clear and magnified view of the ear canal. A low pressure suction device is then used to gently suction any ear wax obstructions. This technique may be coupled with a gentle water rinse to remove deep impacted wax or any loose fragments that remain in the canal after microsuctioning.

NICE guidleines state clearly that manual syringing that was common practice until recently should never be offered to patients, the practice is not safe and can cause perforation of the eardrum. Microsuctioning should be offered as an alternative. Most GP surgeries at present are not offering the services.

The mobile clinic is brought to your home and set up takes about 10 minutes, I will go through a risk assessment and ear history and finally a consent form which includes the risks of the procedure. I will examine your ears and proceed with microsuction if necessary. The procedure may be simple and take 10 to 15 minutes and some may take a little longer depending on the nature of the impaction or depending also on the patient. Finally a written report and summary is given for your perusal.

Microsuctioning is safe for 6 month olds and above, it is important that the patient is able to sit still for a period of time during the procedure. To prevent wax build up it is suggested that the procedure is repeated every 6 to 12 months.