Does Microsuction Hurt?
In nearly all cases, ear wax microsuction does not hurt at all, as the medical suction unit is designed to use a very gentle level of suction. It can be a little noisy, but not a lot more than the noise of a hand dryer or vacuum cleaner. While some websites say that softening with ear drops is not necessary, we believe that using Earol sterile olive oil spray for at three days prior to your procedure will make it more comfortable and maximise the chances of 100% ear wax removal, especially for people who have a history of very hard or impacted ear wax. People who have had a confirmed diagnoses of ear drum perforation should avoid using Earol or other ear drops.
A recent outer ear infection (otitis externa), or sometimes the use of ear drops containing hydrogen peroxide, urea peroxide or sodium bicarbonate can make the skin of the ear canal more sensitive, and as a consequence a microsuction procedure may be a little uncomfortable in these limited cases.
Most clients, however, find that an ear wax suction procedure is completely painless, and are delighted to be able to hear properly again.
Is Microsuction Completely Safe?
Microsuction is considered to be the safest method of ear wax removal. Most procedures pass completely without incident, which is partly down to the inherent efficiency and safety of the method, and partly down to the skill of our practitioners.
Like any medical procedure, despite our best efforts and high level of training, sometimes things happen that we would rather not happen. These tend to be minor in nature, and few and far between.
Can we treat children?
Unfortunately we can only see patients over the age of 18. For anyone under this age we do advise you contact your local GP/NHS provider.
Are same day appointments available?
Yes, however this is subject to availability and prior significant usage of drops to soften the wax.