Skip to main content

When dealing with an ear wax build-up, it’s important to make sure that the issue is diagnosed and treated correctly by a health professional. Instead of trying to deal with it yourself, you should get a professional to resolve the issue.

One of the main forms of treatment for ear wax removal is microsuction, but one of the concerns people have about this procedure is whether it’s safe or not.

What is microsuction?

Microsuction is a procedure usually carried out by a doctor or nurse when other methods of cleaning the ear out haven’t worked, such as prescription medication or ear drops. The procedure can be carried out by most surgeries and is not something that can be completed at home.

The medical professional treating the patient will look inside the ear with a microscope to magnify the ear, before using a suction device to clean the ear out without the use of water. Whilst it can be quite a noisy procedure, it’s generally very quick and painless – a wax softening spray can be used by the patient in the days before the procedure to make microsuction more comfortable when the procedure is started.

Is microsuction safe?

The information available shows that microsuction is an overwhelmingly safe procedure. It’s the easiest and safest way to remove a build-up of ear wax in the ear, and is a safe procedure for perforated eardrums or those with grommets fitted, unlike ear syringing and ear irrigation. The fact that water is not used during the procedure means that there is a much smaller risk of infection, and ear drops usually don’t need to be added beforehand, although this may be recommended in extreme cases.

Using a microscope means that the person conducting the procedure has greater visibility of the area, making the procedure much easier and quicker than it otherwise would be. The blockage is usually removed in mere minutes, making it a quick and pain-free way to remove an ear wax blockage.

Microsuction is a safe and easy procedure, and one that patients will an ear wax build-up should consider – if you have any more queries about microsuction, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Book online for an appointment.

Ear Care Lab Team

About Ear Care Lab Team

Leave a Reply