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Beyond Syringing: Why Microsuction Ear Wax Removal is Preferred

Let’s delve into the reasons why microsuction ear wax removal is considered more efficient compared to traditional syringing methods.

Ear wax build up can be a bothersome and uncomfortable issue that affects millions of people worldwide. While various ear wax removal methods exist, two popular techniques are often compared: microsuction and syringing.


1. Microsuction offers better Precision

One of the primary reasons why microsuction ear wax removal is superior is the level of precision it offers. During microsuction, a highly trained professional uses a microscope to view the ear canal directly. This magnified view enables them to identify the exact location and extent of the ear wax build up, ensuring targeted removal without causing damage to the ear canal.

On the other hand, syringing, involves shooting warm water into the ear canal using a syringe. While it may improve ear wax symptoms in few people, it lacks the precision and accuracy provided by microsuction, potentially leading to incomplete removal or pushing the ear wax deeper into the ear canal. Syringing also involves far more risks than microsuction.

Woman receiving a ear syringing but appears to be in pain

2. Microsuction Minimises Discomfort

Microsuction is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes a gentle medical vacuum to extract ear wax. It poses minimal risk to the delicate structures of the ear canal, making it the better option for people of all ages, including those with a history of ear issues or surgeries. Additionally, microsuction is rarely causes discomfort to the patient.

At the Ear Cleaning Clinic, our Registered Nurses are experts in ear care and microsuction – they do it all day, every day! Our RN’s will discuss you ear health history along with any concerns you may have with your ears. They will then continue to look into your ear through a surgical microscope, this allows a full view from the outer ear al the way to the ear drum. She will then begin to use the suction to gently remove any ear wax, debris or foreign objects from the ear canal. After the procedure, the nurse will make recommendations regarding your ear health, follow up care and methods to assist in clearing the sinuses etc.

In contrast, syringing carries a higher risk of ear canal injury or perforation, particularly if performed by an untrained individual. Syringing is not carried out whilst inspecting the ear, it is actually prohibited in many countries including New Zealand and the UK. The forceful injection of water into the ear canal can lead to discomfort, dizziness, or even damage to the eardrum if not done correctly.


3. Microsuction is Suitable for Stubborn or Impacted Ear Wax

Microsuction ear wax removal is exceptionally efficient in dealing with stubborn or impacted ear wax. Due to its precise nature, it can remove even hardened or tightly packed ear wax that may not respond to other methods. Our Ear Nurses can adjust the suction level based on the condition of the ear wax, ensuring a thorough and complete removal.

They may use solutions to soften the ear wax such as hydrogen peroxide or olive oil – however never water as this can cause irritation.

Syringing, on the other hand, is not efficient  for stubborn ear wax, as it relies on water pressure to dislodge the wax. If the ear wax is particularly hard or deeply impacted, syringing often pushes the wax down further on to the ear drum, leading to persistent discomfort and reduced hearing. Impacted wax forced onto the ear drum can also cause perforation of the ear drum and/or ear infections due to the irritation caused.

Inner ear diagram showing where wax can build up

4. Microsuction Ear Wax Removal is a Quick and Effortless Procedure

Microsuction is a relatively quick procedure, it usually takes around 15-20 minutes. The patient can sit comfortably throughout the process, and our Nurses can adjust the suction as needed for optimal results. At the Ear Cleaning Clinic, you can watch the microsuction procedure being performed on our TV’s that are connected to the surgical microscope. Not only is it entertaining, but you will learn about your ears and ensure they’re clear before leaving.

Syringing, although commonly used, can be a lengthier process and may require multiple attempts to clear the ear canal efficiently. Additionally, the discomfort and potential risks associated with syringing might make it less preferable for some individuals.

When it comes to ear wax removal, microsuction stands out as the more efficient method compared to traditional syringing. Its precision, capabilities and gentle suction make it ideal for all individuals, including those with stubborn or impacted ear wax.


Contact Ear Cleaning Clinic

To ensure a successful and comfortable ear wax removal experience, it’s crucial to visit our highly trained and ear expert nurses who can perform microsuction with expertise and care. Remember, prioritizing ear health and seeking professional assistance when needed will help maintain optimal hearing and overall well-being.


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