Wax Removal Microsuction
Wax (Cerumen) removal is undertaken with a Microsuction machine, which all our audiologists are experienced and skilled in using.
What is ear wax and why should excess be removed
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. If your hearing has felt like it has been diminished, we will perform a hearing screen pre and post removal to ensure the wax was the cause. We will also perform a tymp to check there is no fluid behind your ear drum.
Earwax removal: How is ear wax removal performed
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 experiencing pain in the ear, wax removal cannot be performed. See your GP immediately for treatment and wait until your infection has cleared completely. It is not safe to conduct this procedure if you have an infection.
Cold or Flu If you have a cold or flu, please wait until this has cleared before having wax removal.
We recommend using ear drops/spray for a minimum of 3-4 days (except if you have had any ear surgery or recent ear infection) before your appointment to soften wax deep in the ear canal. Non-use of drops may impact on the ability to remove wax that is impacted, 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.
Ear Microsuction Fee
$170.00. Appointment approx 30 minutes for one or two ears. Includes 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.
No pensioner concession, unless you are a Totalcare Hearing client registered with our clinic under the Hearing Services Program, and have completed a hearing assessment with us prior, the fee is then $95.00.
Medicare: No Medicare rebate for wax removal procedure performed at an audiology clinic.
Health Fund: No Health Fund rebate for this procedure.
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