What To Expect At Your Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Appointment

If you’re considering booking a microsuction ear wax removal appointment at Ear Care Lab, or perhaps you’ve just scheduled your first, it’s likely that you’ll have questions about what to expect from your visit. With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about getting the most from your appointment for ear wax removal at our London ear clinic, including how to prepare and what to expect afterwards.

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When should I book an ear wax removal appointment?

Ear wax normally isn’t a problem as it self-regulates, but occasionally wax can start to accumulate if the ear canal is too dry or narrow, or if it has been pushed in by a cotton bud or hearing aids. If ear wax does build up, it can have negative consequences, such as hearing loss, pain, and discomfort, and it may be necessary to book an ear wax removal appointment to remove any excess wax.

If you have tinnitus, a build-up of ear wax can also make it worse. Microsuction ear wax removal is a safe and effective way to clean the ear canal and relieve any symptoms you’re experiencing.

How do I know if I have an ear wax blockage?

An ear wax blockage occurs when ear wax build-up becomes too hard to wash away naturally. For a complete diagnosis, your doctor will use an otoscope – a special instrument that lights and magnifies your inner ear, to look at your ear.

The most common blocked ear symptoms include:

  • Ear ache
  • Itchiness
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Decreased hearing in the affected ear
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear

These symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you have wax build-up. The only way to know if you have a blockage of ear wax is if a doctor looked in your ears at an ear wax appointment, so you should visit a professional once you start experiencing any of the signs mentioned above for a proper diagnosis.

Can I remove my own ear wax at home?

DIY ear wax removal is not recommended, as it can severely damage your ears – if you want ear wax removal, you should always book a professional ear wax extraction appointment, where the procedure will be carried out by someone who’s been properly trained in the procedure.

Any attempt to remove your own wax at home can make the situation worse, as using small objects such as bobby pins, pen caps, and cotton swabs can further push the ear wax into the ear canal. Also, you should avoid using ear candles as they can cause burns and punctured eardrums. Read more about the dangers of DIY ear wax removal at home.

What’s the safest way to remove ear wax?

Microsuction is the safest and most effective way to get rid of excess ear wax. The doctor uses a high-powered microscope and a tiny steel wand attached to a suction pipe to carefully remove the wax. As this procedure does not use any liquid, the risk of infection is significantly reduced, compared to other methods of ear wax removal, such as ear syringing. Read more about the differences between microsuction and syringing.

Do I need to do anything before my ear wax removal appointment?

You don’t need to do anything before your microsuction ear wax removal appointment, but using ear softening drops such as sodium bicarbonate or olive oil can be used to soften the wax before the procedure. This may make it easier for the wax to be removed and will result in your appointment being quicker and more comfortable.

How long will my ear wax appointment last?

Most microsuction ear wax extraction appointments last for between 15 and 30 minutes, which is the time needed to clear both ears of excess ear wax. It’s important to stay still during the procedure as the ear canal is close to the eardrum, so the time may be prolonged if the patient moves around too much.

Does microsuction ear wax removal hurt?

If your microsuction ear wax removal appointment is performed by an experienced professional, it shouldn’t hurt. The main disturbance that patients may notice is the noise of the suction tube, but this doesn’t take long to become accustomed to.

If the outer ear canal is infected, microsuction may cause inflammation which can be painful. However, microsuctioning of the ear canal is one of the most effective treatments for outer ear infections, so the procedure will help relieve the pain in the long run.

What will happen after my ear wax removal appointment?

After your microsuction ear wax removal appointment, you may feel slightly dizzy due to the cooling down of the ear canal after the procedure. This is only temporary and shouldn’t last long. If you experience any side effects that last for longer than expected, you should always speak to a medical professional.

How many ear wax removal appointments will I need?

Some patients are unlucky and need to have multiple ear wax removal appointments for microsuction, whereas others only need one. For patients with hearing aids, we recommend getting a microsuction treatment every 4-6 months.

How much will my ear wax removal appointment cost?

At Ear Care Lab, the cost of our microsuction ear wax removal appointments starts at £75 for one or both ears. If you’re attending our Ealing clinic for a more complex ear-related issue such as an infection, tinnitus, dizziness, or a middle ear problem, this is priced at £105.

Book a microsuction ear wax removal appointment today

Book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment at Ear Care Lab today to experience the safest and most effective method of ear wax removal for yourself. Get the relief you need from blocked ear symptoms and excess ear wax with microsuction. Find a slot that works for you, or contact us if you have any more questions about your appointment for ear wax removal.

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