For decades, the term ‘ear syringing’ has been synonymous with clearing blockages in the ear canal. It’s what many of us have considered the catch-all term for attending appointments with a nurse or practitioner to have ear wax build-ups removed when the method we should be considering is microsuction ear wax removal.
This is because many sources including the NHS and Ear Care Lab have determined that ear syringing is ineffective and potentially unsafe. Research has concluded that microsuction ear wax removal is instead one of the most effective ways of clearing ear wax blockages.
How does microsuction ear wax removal work?
Microsuction ear wax removal is a gentle treatment, which involves a healthcare professional looking at your ear with a microscope. This helps to magnify the ear, making it easier for a professional audiologist to assess and treat the issue.
Once assessed, your audiologist will use a suction device to remove any wax buildup without the need to use any water. This device works in a similar war to a vacuum cleaner and offers patients a quick way to be free from ear wax blockages.
Does microsuction ear wax removal hurt?
The beauty of microsuction ear wax removal is that it is generally painless. While the noise of the suction device may at times be uncomfortable, the audiologist performing your microsuction ear wax removal should be able to advise you if they think you may feel any discomfort during the procedure.
How does microsuction ear wax removal differ from ear syringing?
Ear syringing involves pressurised water being sprayed into the ear canal to help break up and loosen any built-up wax. This technique is more invasive, less effective and riskier than microsuction ear wax removal, and is generally avoided by practitioners in the United Kingdom nowadays.
Do I need to use ear drops before attending an ear wax removal session?
If a waxy build-up within the ear is particularly hard or compacted, your audiologist might suggest that a wax softening spray or drops be used prior to your appointment. This will involve simply placing drops in the affected ear for a couple of days prior to your microsuction ear wax removal. Drops can help to make the procedure less uncomfortable and could also speed up the removal process.
Find out more about microsuction ear wax removal
If a build-up of ear wax in your ears is causing discomfort, simply contact Ear Care Lab today to arrange an appointment for microsuction ear wax removal. Our friendly and experienced team will be happy to advise you further on how to maintain good ear health, and we’ll be happy to talk you through how our ear wax removal procedures work.