Earwax (cerumen) removal
Wax (Cerumen) removal is undertaken with a Microsuction machine, which all our audiologists are experienced and skilled in using.
Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19
No wax removal appointment will be conducted at any of our clinics from 27th March. See your GP if you have blocked/full ears.
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.
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.
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.
We advise using ear drops up to 5 days before your appointment as it will assist in the removal of wax. But, it is not neccessary if you need an appointment within 5 days.
We recommend the product CleanEars. It is a spray and easy to use. It can be purchased from the clinic or any chemist.
Microsuction will only be conducted for adults over the age of 18 years. Children from 15-17 years may have Microsuction conducted in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
For wax removal on children under 15 years old, we advise you discuss this with your child’s ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) or your GP.
If you have a current ear infection, wax removal cannot be performed. See your GP immediately for treatment and/or 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.
$155.00. Appointment approx 30 minutes for one or two ears. Includes video otoscopy, hearing test and middle ear function test to determine type & cause of blockage and recovery from temporary hearing loss.
Medicare: Medicare rebate is not available for wax removal performed by our audiologist.
Health Fund: HiCaps is not available for audiology, thus check with your health fund to see if wax removal is covered under your policy. Receipt with the clinician’s provider number will be provided for you to claim on your health fund.
NOT available at our visiting sites – Putney or North Ryde.