Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Belfast
Microsuction is a safe and efficient method of ear wax extraction. The removal of excess ear wax helps to alleviate pain and discomfort as well as improve your overall hearing quality!
Other methods of ear wax removal ‘Syringing’ flush out the ear and offer no visual to guide the procedure, ear wax removal via microsuction uses a microscope to give a clear image of where the wax needs to be removed from. A microscope or loupes offers the clinician a clear view of the ear canal which makes microsuction one of the safest methods of ear wax extraction.
Unlike traditional methods, microsuction is considered a ‘dry’ procedure as it does not require any fluids, gels or drops. This makes the entire process cleaner, safer and more hygienic. Some patients may find the noise of the low-pressure suction starling to begin with, but this is the only element of the procedure that may seem mildly uncomfortable. All our audiologists are kind, caring and aim to make you as comforatable as possible.
Unlike softening drops and traditional syringing, microsuction results are instantaneous. By removing ear wax build up, you will leave noticing the difference in your hearing right away. Treatments take only 30 minutes and can be easily scheduled into your day On the right there is a before and after image of an ear canal!
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The production of ear wax by glands around the ear is a natural process designed to protect the ear from foreign material such as dust or insects. Normally the wax harmlessly passes out of the ear on its own. However, on occasion it can build up around the ear causing a blockage. It's important you do not attempt to clear your ears of wax with a cotton wool bud or finger as this will only push the wax further into the ear canal.
If you feel any of the following symptoms ear wax removal may be necessary.
Muted or Muffled hearing
- Discharge from your ear or wax on your pillow
- Pain or a feeling of fullness in the ear
- Itchiness in the ear
- Hearing loss
- Ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Vertigo (feeling dizzy and sick)aasd
If you experience any symptoms such as those described above, muffled hearing, discharge, pain, itchiness or a feeling of fullness in the ear your ears may need to be professionally cleaned. A good rule of thumb is to have them cleaned once every six months.
The answer is no. Using micro-suction ear wax removal is a safe and effective treatment that takes approximately 30 minutes. It's painless, safe and doesn’t require any pre-treatment, medication or post-procedure pain relief.
There are a number of reasons why cleaning your ears feels good. Firstly, if you have wax accumulating in your ear can become painful and itchy. Therefore, the professional cleaning of your ear and ear canal will give you remission from these symptoms.
The second reason involves the large number of sensory nerves that connect the ear to the brain. Stimulation of these nerve endings, which are found in the ear and ear canal, sends pleasure messages to the brain.
However, you need to resist the urge to ‘go digging’ around in your ear as introducing a foreign object will just push the wax deeper into the ear canal. The best answer is a professional ear clean.
No, it's never sensible to attempt to clean your ear with a cotton wool bud or Q tip. The ear has a complex system for moving ear wax out of the ear canal.
However, if you attempt to clear the wax by poking a cotton wool bud it's likely you will push the wax further into the ear canal and make the problem worse. It's likely the wax will also contain dead skin cells, dust and bacteria. So by pushing the wax further in you will increase the risk of an ear infection.
The simple answer to this is yes. If you are feeling discomfort, itchiness or have muffled hearing, professional earwax removal can resolve these symptoms.
But perhaps the most significant advantage of having professional ear cleaning is you won't cause damage to your ears by ‘digging’ around with cotton wool buds. Trying to clear the wax yourself runs the risk of pushing the wax further back into your ear and increases the risk of an ear infection.
It's far more sensible to let the professionals help you
The answer to this is yes.
When ear wax accumulates in the ear you may experience symptoms such as muffled hearing, discharge, pain, itchiness or a feeling of fullness in the ear. Clearing the wax will give you remission from these symptoms.
An accumulation of earwax is easy to spot. You may experience muted or muffled hearing, you may wake up in the morning and notice a waxy discharge around your ear or on your pillow.
Other symptoms include pain or a feeling of fullness in the ear, itchiness in the ear, hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus) or vertigo (feeling dizzy and sick). If you experience any of these symptoms it's sensible to seek professional help.
In normal circumstances, ear wax and the accumulated dead skin, bacteria and dust harmlessly exits your ear. However, in some individuals where the wax doesn’t clear naturally it can accumulate causing a range of symptoms, itchiness, muffled hearing and pain.
In the worst-case scenario not cleaning your ears can lead to temporary hearing loss. Don’t be too concerned if you have this condition but do consider professional ear wax removal as if its left unresolved ear infections can occur that can damage your hearing.
The safest way to get earwax out is to use a professional.
However, prior to this, the NHS recommended a number of techniques that you can try at home. These include putting 2 to 3 drops of medical grade olive or almond oil in your ear 3 to 4 times a day for 3 to 5 days.
It is recommended you use a dropper while lying your head on one side for a few minutes to let the oil work its way through your ear canals. If this doesn’t work it is sensible to see a professional who can remove the wax safely and quickly.
There is no evidence that ear candles get rid of earwax and do not attempt to clear the wax with a cotton wool bud as this may make the situation worse.
Ear syringing is the traditional method of ear wax removal and involves injecting water at high pressure in the ear. Unfortunately, this procedure is associated with a range of complications, including perforated eardrums and ear infections.
Microsuction is the modern equivalent and involves the use of a specialist microscope, allowing a health professional to see into your ear, attached to a sterile suction device that will remove wax from the ear canal.
Because microsuction doesn’t involve the use of high-pressure jets of water it is safer, faster, better tolerated by patients and is more effective at ear wax removal than ear syringing.
Yes. Microsuction can remove impacted ear wax.
Unfortunately, impacted earwax will not go away on its own and it’s important to have this wax removed. Failure to do so will increase the risk of an ear infection and may result in temporary hearing loss.
Microsuction is the safest and fastest way to manage impacted wax.
If you have any other questions or want to know more about microsuction, please don't hesitate to get in touch!