SMITHS HEARING CARE WAX REMOVAL
DO NOT LET ANYONE WHO IS NOT FULLY QUALIFIED TO REMOVE WAX ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR EARS!
Three methods of wax removal may be used:
Microsuction is a system which effectively uses a vacuum to clear out any debris or wax from the war canal. There is currently no CE-marked equipment to use; however, it is common practice to use off-label devices such as our DeVilbiss Healthcare units. In the procedure of microsuction, a fine suction tube is gently inserted into the ear canal while being viewed closely through a microscope or magnifying Loupe headset.
Wax removal using water irrigation, water is an effective method to remove debris or wax in cases of a healthy canal and intact eardrum. The ProPulse water irrigator unit is CE-marked and has been designed specifically for wax removal. With this unit, we aim to low pressure pulses of water to flush out the ear canal. The water is body temperature (37C)
The registered Audiologist has undertaken training in debris and wax removal and will use best-practice procedures to minimise any risk of harm. However, as with any wax removal procedure, even when performed with the upmost care, there is a small risk of damage to or infection of the skin of the ear canal or the eardrum.
Microsuction and water irrigation can be noisy and may cause temporary shift in your hearing thresholds or aggravate any existing tinnitus. These is also the risk of temporary dizziness or discomfort. In certain instances, olive oil may be used during the procedure, unless there is a known sensitivity.
Removal of wax deposits using a curette or Jobson Horner probe. The Jobson Horne probe is a thin metal instrument with a small circular loop on the end. There are similar curette instruments with various tips designed for gentle removal of wax close to the ear canal entrance. In this procedure, the instruments are carefully inserted into the ear canal to clear the debris or wax.