The most advanced method of ear wax removal.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Ear candles are more dangerous than they look. They can cause burns to your face, hair, scalp, ear canal and eardrum. You’ll also introduce traces of candle wax into the ear canal, and can risk perforating your eardrum. Ultimately, research has shown that ear candles don’t work – so avoid them.
In short, no. Cotton buds are most likely to simply push the wax further in. Over time, this can create severe build-up of cerumen, damage the soft tissues in your ear canal and even puncture the eardrum. So as the saying goes, never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear!
The Microsuction ear wax removal appointment cost is fixed and covers inspection and ear wax removal from all impacted ears whether one or both ears.
Our qualified clinicians have undergone further training and certification to enable them to provide the Microsuction service. They ensures our clients receive professional advice and enjoy a safe and effective practice.
We advice not to use any over-the-counter eardrops e.g. Waxol, Cerumol, Audiclean Ear Wax Remover, Ear Clear ear drops, Clean Ears spray, Aquaear ear drops, Audisol earwax remover etc...Usually microsuction does not need pre-treatment, if you feel your ears are severely blocked you may use some olive oil for up to two days before the appointment to soften any wax build-up this can make the procedure faster and more comfortable.
abies and children will need to be able to keep their head still during the procedure, so microsuction is safe for all ages. We recommend that children should be: at least >6month old able to lie still on the chair for 15 minutes or so with the assistance of a parent Young children often find microsuction more comfortable than ear irrigation or syringing. The procedure can be noisy when using the suction machine, but we can remove ear wax using other instruments and so make the procedure more acceptable if required.
Everyone produces ear wax at a different rate. If you’re prone to build-up, you’ll need microsuction more frequently. In general, it’s good to have a regular check-up every 6 to 12 months for good ear wax management and to prevent any issues. We can place you on our recall list as a reminder to have your ears cleaned every 6, 9 or 12 months.
The length of your treatment will depend on the degree of blockage, so please allow for up to 30 minutes in your schedule. Usually you can expect amazing results within half that time.
Yes. Medical specialists around the world regard aural microsuction as the safest, most effective choice for cleaning ears (also known as ‘dewaxing’). Usually the procedure is very quick, easy and gives you instant relief. At our ear wax removal clinic in Melbourne we have performed this proceedure countless times with great results. Microsuction can be used even if the eardrum has been previously perforated. It is useful in removing excessive discharge caused by ear infection and it can also remove foreign bodies.
Most GPs will treat a blocked ear with an ear syringe, which is a pressurised device that flushes out the ear with water. This isn’t always effective, and can lead to infection or damage to the eardrum. Microsuction, by contrast, is gentle, dry, precise and safe – the gold standard for ear wax removal.