What is microsuction?

Microsuction is the process of removing wax from your ears by using a small suction tube and probe to gently remove any excess wax in the ear. Microsuction is Specsavers’ preferred method of wax removal. All of our audiology professionals undertake microsuction training through accredited training providers.

There are some ear-related conditions that can result in you not being able to have microsuction performed. This includes suffering from regular ear infections or having a perforated ear drum.

How does microsuction work?

When you attend a microsuction appointment at Specsavers, our trained audiology professional will first go through a list of medical questions with you. This is to understand whether there are any medical reasons why microsuction might not be right for you. The clinician will outline any risks to having the procedure performed before checking that you are happy to proceed.

The clinician will then have a look in your ears using an otoscope, which is a magnification tool with a light on it. This allows us to ensure the wax in your ears is soft enough to be removed using microsuction.

If the wax is soft, the clinician will gently insert the suction tube and probe into your ear to remove the wax.

If the wax is too hard to remove, we will advise you to use wax softening drops such as olive oil or sodium bicarbonate before booking you in for a second appointment to remove the wax. Please ensure you speak to a healthcare professional before using wax softening drops.

Can microsuction damage your ears?

When microsuction is performed by a trained professional, it is one of the safest ways to remove wax from your ears. Your appointment at Specsavers will typically last 30 minutes to ensure we have enough time to go through our questionnaire and to perform the procedure.

The process is generally painless, but it can be noisy and, at times, a little uncomfortable. If at any point you feel discomfort or pain during the appointment, please make sure you let your audiology professional know.

Depending on the amount of wax in your ears, you might find that things sound a little different once the wax has been removed. You might also notice a small amount of ringing or buzzing in your ears, but this should settle down after a couple of days.

Your audiology professional will outline all the potential side effects to the procedure during your appointment.

Can microsuction remove hard wax?

Yes, microsuction can remove impacted earwax, but it is much more effective if the wax is pre-softened. Your audiology professional will advise you how best to do this before you come in, but you can find out more here.

If the wax is too deep, your audiology professional may need to bring you back for a second appointment. In some instances, microsuction may not be appropriate and in these cases, your audiology professional will advise you appropriately on what options are available.

Do we need to remove earwax?

Generally, earwax is good for your ears as they are self- cleaning. However, impacted or excessive earwax can cause problems from increased risk of ear pain and vertigo to hearing loss. In this case, it is worth getting your audiology professional to take a look and see if microsuction would help.

FAQ's

Yes, if it’s done by an appropriately trained audiology professional. They will ensure that your ears are ok to have the earwax removed (i.e., ensuring you don’t have an ear infection etc) and will talk you through the process before they proceed.

The process is gentle but, to be more comfortable, we may suggest you soften the earwax first so that it’s easier to remove.

Yes we do, find out more on our earwax removal page and book an appointment.

Impacted earwax

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