Microsuction Wax Removal
Wax (Cerumen) removal is undertaken with a Microsuction machine, which all our audiologists are experienced and skilled in using.
No wax removal appointments are conducted at our visiting site in Putney.
What is Microsuction
Microsuction earwax removal is performed using a microscope and a medical suction device to suck out the wax. A very thin steel fitting is fitted to the end of the suction tube which allows us to gently suck out the earwax from your canal.
The first part of the process is to examine your ear using a microscope and, using the low-pressure suction device, safely remove the blockage. We will use a video otoscope to show you the condition of the ear before and after the treatment.
Microsuction is one of the safest and most comfortable methods of earwax removal. With no liquids being used there is no fuss or mess during the procedure. The fact that the ear canal is being observed throughout the process via the microscope, makes it a safe procedure. It is also a comfortable process and completed within a 30-minute appointment.
Benefits of Microsuction
A Good View We have a great view of both the earwax and the ear canal. It means that we can always see what we are doing. Making it easier for us and safe for you.
Not Messy No water is used or flushed into the ear canal as happens with ear syringing or ear irrigation. Instead, the procedure is dry which significantly reduces any risk of infection.
Safe Unlike ear syringing and ear irrigation, it is safe for people who have a perforated eardrum or mastoid cavity, in addition to any foreign object that may be lodged inside the ear canal.
Age Microsuction will only be conducted for adults over the age of 18 years. Children from 14 years may have Microsuction conducted in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
For wax removal on children under 14 years old, we advise you discuss this with your child’s ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) or GP.
Ear Infection If you have a current ear infection which includes pain, wax removal cannot be performed. See your GP immediately for treatment and wait until your infection has cleared completely.
Cold or Flu If you have a cold or flu, please wait until this has cleared before having wax removal.
We strongly advise using ear drops for a minimum of 5 days before your appointment to soften wax deep in the ear. Non-use of drops may impact on the ability to remove wax that is impacted/hard, but the appointment time is still chargeable. This includes for second appointments too. If an urgent appointment is required due to discomfort, please phone us to discuss. See Fee section below before booking!
We recommend the product CleanEars. It is a spray and easy to use. It can be purchased from any Totalcare Hearing clinic or chemist.
$165.00. Appointment approx 30 minutes for one or two ears. Includes video otoscopy, hearing test screening and middle ear function test (tymps). Appointment time chargeable even if no wax removed. See your GP first if you are unsure of wax build up.
Medicare: No Medicare rebate for wax removal procedure performed at an audiology clinic.
Health Fund: No Health Fund rebate for this procedure.
Availability: NOT available at Putney as this is a visiting site and equipment is not available here.
Monday - Friday, 9.00-5.00pm
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