Ear wax is produced as part of the ears’ self- cleaning mechanism and is constantly growing towards the open part of the ear canal to be extruded without us really noticing.

When this process fails to work well, for any reason, wax can be retained within the ear canal and start to impact on hearing. Sounds can appear reduced with the listener struggling with volume of external sounds or sounds can appear to be muffled and although speech for example may still be heard, it is not quite as clear as it should be.

Micro suction is the removal of ear wax using air ie micro vacuuming the wax from the ear as oppose to using water to flush the ear out as happens when the ear is syringed.

At the appointment you will have your ears examined. Images are taken of the ears to record the status of the ears prior to any procedure. The images are stored in line with ICO guidelines and are purely for the purpose of reference. You will be asked questions from an ear wax removal questionnaire to ensure that there are no contra-indications to any procedure. You will then have a full explanation of the procedure to follow and are encouraged to ask any questions that you may have about the process. The micro suction procedure is quite noisy. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the wax removal process to minimise any risk. Post procedure, the ears are examined again to ensure they are now clear of wax and to check the ear health. A further set of post wax removal images will be taken to complete the process. You will then be asked a couple more questions on your experience before leaving the appointment.

If you have concerns about your hearing generally and feel a hearing test would be helpful, you can then book a full hearing assessment to check your minimum levels of hearing.

If you require any further information about any of the above, please call clinic on 0114 267 1223 and we will do our best to answer them.

If you choose to book an appointment for micro suction, you will be asked to administer drops of olive oil in to your ears for 48 hours prior to the appointment.

Ear Canal Blockage

This image is a left ear canal blocked with wax.

Wax Clearance

This image is the same left ear canal after wax clearance using micro suction.