Microsuction

The most advanced method of ear wax removal.

Ear wax removal and consultation

Booking are essential. Online payment, credit card and contactless payment only at this time. All prices include GST.

Adults:
$110
Seniors 65 and over:
$99
Students:
$93.50
Children under 16:
$70

Microsuction is the safest, most effective method of ear wax removal. A fine suction device – think a tiny vacuum cleaner for your ears – will be inserted into your ear canal while we view the area through specialised magnifying glasses. The treatment for ear wax removal at our Melbourne clinic is painless and usually lasts around 15 minutes.

Please check with your private health fund on whether they will cover microsuction earwax removal. Some small private health fund and aged care providers will cover it, however large funds such as Medibank and Bupa currently do not. It’s best to check with your provider directly.  You can receive a health insurance rebate for our services if you are insured by St.Lukes Health

Additional Information:

WHAT IS MICROSUCTION?

Microsuction is exactly what it sounds like: precise suction of the ear canal while viewing the area through a microscope (or magnifying device). It’s the most advanced method of ear wax removal, and in the past was only available from a specialist ENT clinician. This is slowly changing, though, as the benefits of microsuction are becoming better known.

WHY CHOOSE MICROSUCTION?

Compared with traditional ear wax removal methods (like syringing), microsuction is quick, easy and low-risk. You generally won’t need to apply drops for days beforehand, and the results are usually immediate. There’s no pain, no mess, and your ear stays dry, reducing the risk of infection. Your ear canal is also visible under surgical-quality illumination throughout, which makes the process both safe and precise.

WHAT HAPPENS AT MY APPOINTMENT?

First of all, we use an otoscope attached to a camera so you can see inside your own ear canal and we’ll examine your ears through special magnifying glasses, to assess exactly what you may be experiencing some discomfort. Then we’ll insert the microsuction tip into your ear canal. You’ll hear a slight whooshing or whistling noise from the suction as it removes the wax – this is normal and if it gets uncomfortable, just let us know.

At this point, you’ll usually feel the incredible relief of unblocked ears. Occasionally, if the wax is very hard, we’ll use other instruments to remove it along with the microsuction. Very rarely, you may need to use olive oil ear drops to soften the wax, before returning for a follow-up appointment. We’ll take the time to explain what everything means as we go along and answer any questions you might have to put your mind at ease.

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