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In this blog, we’re answering the most frequently asked questions about micro suction wax removal.

What Is Microsuction Wax Removal?

Microsuction ear wax removal, also known as ear vacuuming, is an ear wax removal procedure carried out by trained clinicians.

It is considered the safest method of ear wax removal and effectively removes ear wax build-up and blockages. Most people have ear wax removal because ear wax build-up is causing problems, such as temporary hearing loss.

First, an assessment is carried out using Video Otoscope technology to determine whether there is a build-up of ear wax. With a video otoscopy, it is possible to view a live colour image of your eardrum and ear canal using a miniature camera. If Cerumen (ear wax) is present, a soft suction (or soft vacuum) is used to gently and safely remove it.

Does Microsuction Wax Removal Hurt?

No! We get this question a lot. But you can take it from us that microsuction ear wax removal is perfectly comfortable and pain-free. The fact that it is effective AND pain-free makes it the preferred method of wax removal amongst clinicians.

Is It Better Than Ear Syringing?

Yes. Traditional ear syringing (also known as ear irrigation) uses jets of water to remove ear wax, which some people find uncomfortable.

For many years, ear syringing was the most popular method of ear wax removal. However, most clinicians have converted to the gentle and effective option of microsuction wax removal.

Can It Improve My Hearing?

A build-up of wax can cause hearing loss as well as other uncomfortable symptoms, such as tinnitus (ringing in your ears), earache and dizziness. Safely removing ear wax with microsuction is an effective way to reduce these symptoms and improve your hearing.

If you are still struggling with your hearing after a successful microsuction session, there may be another problem. It is always best to have a hearing test if you cannot hear well.

A hearing assessment is a straightforward test that will determine whether or not you would benefit from hearing aids. In the UK, 1 in 6 people has some degree of hearing loss.

If you already have hearing aids, microsuction wax removal may improve the effectiveness of your hearing aids.

Is Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Suitable If I Have A Perforated Eardrum?

Yes. Unlike water syringing, which is unsuitable for anyone with a perforated eardrum, microsuction wax removal is completely safe and comfortable.

A perforated eardrum is a hole in the eardrum that usually heals on its own within a matter of weeks.

Can It Remove Hard Wax?

Yes. Microsuction ear wax removal can successfully remove hard and soft wax from the eardrum. You don’t need to spend weeks attempting to “soften” ear wax with ear drops like you would if you were to have your ears syringed.

How Much Does Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Cost?

Ear wax removal used to be an NHS service provided for free (although it was ear syringing rather than microsuction). However, as of 2020, ear wax removal is no longer free on the NHS. The price of microsuction varies from one clinician to another.

At Friel Hearing, we aim to provide an affordable and accessible service for all. That’s why our microsuction costs just £50.00 in-branch or £75.00 for an at-home appointment, these prices are irrespective of one or two ears.

Where Can I Have Microsuction Done?

Because micro suction ear removal is no longer a service provided by GPs in England, you will have to find a qualified clinician who is trained to remove ear wax. If you live in the Lancashire area, you can visit one of the Friel Hearing clinics to have ear wax removed with microsuction.

There are currently two clinics, one in Poulton-le-Fylde and one in Blackburn – book your microsuction ear wax removal appointment today.

Alternatively, Friel Hearing provides at-home wax removal appointments. During a visit to your home, Andrew will carry out a video otoscopy before removing any excessive Cerumen using microsuction technology. At-home appointments are ideal for the elderly, vulnerable or those who can not get to the clinic.

Get In Touch

If you have any other microsuction questions that we haven’t covered in this blog, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. You can call us on 0800 111 4779 or email us at [email protected]