Microsuction ear wax removal is a gentle and efficient way to remove built-up wax from the ear canal. One of the most common questions asked about the procedure is whether it hurts. We’re happy to say that no, microsuction ear wax removal doesn’t hurt, so what does it feel like?
Sensations to expect during microsuction ear wax removal
Microsuction is the process of using a tiny, very low-pressure vacuum device that suctions up excess ear wax. Due to the gentle nature of the device, it should not cause any pain.
The ear canal is a very sensitive area, but we take great care to avoid touching the surface of the ear canal to minimise any discomfort or unusual sensations. You might feel a tickling sensation during microsuction ear wax removal, but many people report that they enjoy this sensation and even find it relaxing.
Potential discomfort during ear infections
Sometimes people visit us for ear wax removal while suffering from an ear infection in the outer portion of the ear canal. Since infections can cause swelling and pain in the ear, the microsuction process might be uncomfortable in these instances.
However, the removal of infected wax and debris from the ear will help the infection to clear up faster and thus help to reduce pain more quickly. Some relief might also occur immediately if the removed wax was creating a sensation of pressure or fullness in the ear.
Is microsuction ear wax removal more comfortable than ear syringing?
Ear syringing, also known as ear irrigation, is the process of squirting water into the ear to dislodge and flush out built-up earwax. It shouldn’t necessarily be painful, but some people do find it uncomfortable.
Since microsuction wax removal is much gentler and more precisely controlled, many people report that it is more comfortable than ear syringing.
Noises to expect during microsuction
Since a vacuum is used to remove ear wax, you can expect to hear the suction noise of the probe throughout the procedure. This is something that patients get used to very quickly.
The further down the ear canal the probe goes, the noisier it will be. However, we use extra fine tips on the probe when we get very close to the eardrum in order to keep noise exposure to a minimum.
Children might find the noise of the microsuction device a little daunting at first, but with plenty of reassurance and encouragement, they soon get used to it.