Ear Care Lab, Ear Clinic London

Corfton Road Surgery
10 Corfton Road
Ealing W5 2HS


0208 004 7808

Ear Microsuction London

Ear microsuction is a technique for removing ear wax or debris using either an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) binocular operating microscope or specialised magnification loupes (similar to the type dentists use).  This allows the clinician to look in the ear canal in great detail and use a very fine sterile suction device at low pressure to remove the wax.  This process is not dissimilar to using a tiny vacuum cleaner inside the ear to remove the wax.  Occasionally we may need to use other instruments to remove hard wax (such as Jobson Horne probes or micro forceps). Using microsuction means that we can visualise the external ear canal and its contents in great detail while having minimal physical contact with the earlobe.  This makes the process more comfortable for patients.  No preparation is needed with ear drops prior to your appointment.

Why is microsuction better than ear syringing?

There are a variety of reasons why microsuction is superior compared to the traditional forms of wax removal (e.g. ear syringing or irrigation, ear drops):

  • safer
  • faster
  • better tolerated
  • more effective
  • usually does not require weeks of waiting for drops to soften the wax.  It may be performed on the same day you decide to book your appointment
Ear Microsuction London