Ear wax is a naturally occurring product that is generated by a healthy ear. It comprises of oils and dead cells in the ear canal and on the tympanic membrane (ear drum). For most people wax migrates out of the ear in a corkscrew pattern and leaves the ear when they are showering or sleeping. However for some people wax cannot migrate out of the ear and builds up within the ear canal. This build up can become impacted (dry and hard), can cause itchiness, a sense of pressure, a drop in hearing threshold and tinnitus. In this instance it is best to have the wax removed. This should only be done by a qualified professional.
Microsuction is a safe, quick and comfortable method of removing earwax. It reduces the risk of infection as no liquid is introduced into the ear. A suction probe is inserted into the ear canal and a gentle vacuum is applied to the ear wax, causing it to dislodge. This procedure is carried out using loupes (binocular microscopes), which provide an enhanced view of the ear canal. This procedure usually requires just one visit to your specialist.
The most popular method of removing earwax. A electronically controlled pump delivers a variable flow of water into the ear canal using a specially shaped probe. This gentle procedure enables the wax to be washed out of the ear. Pre-treatment by a wax softening agent, such as Earol, is required. The softening agent is usually applied for 4-5 days prior to the procedure. This procedure can involve two visits to your specialist.
Using dedicated equipment, such as a Jobson Horne probe, the specialist will manually remove the wax from your ear canal. This procedure is most suitable when the wax is not fully impacted. This procedure is a quick and effective way of removing earwax.