Ear Wax Removal
Sydney’s First Ear Wax Removal Clinic – Acute Hearing
Blocked ears make you feel irritated, and dull your hearing. Hard ear wax can easily become embedded in the ear, causing pain, loss of hearing, balance upset and whistling hearing aids.
Ear wax (cerumen) production is an everyday physiological process. Ear wax build up is caused by the ears self-cleaning mechanism not functioning and is one of the most common ear related conditions patients seeks medical care for. Medical studies suggest that 1 in 10 children, 1 in 20 adults and great than 1 in 3 older people have excessive or impacted ear wax.
Historically, patients have generally had excessive ear wax or embedded ear wax removed using syringing or candling. Doctors are cautious removing ear wax via syringing as it can not be performed if that patient has a perforated ear drum, it can be uncomfortable, messy and at times has resulted in perforated ear drums. Ear candling is not recommended and is ineffective.
See how we do it
- Binocular glasses and suction is used by trained audiologists to clean your ear canal and remove wax. This is the same method used by Ear Nose & Throat specialist doctors. You will sit in a chair and a small metal funnel will be placed gently in your ear canal to enhance the view. The audiologist may ask you to move your head to get the best view.
- The audiologist will wear binocular glasses ﬁtted with a bright light to see your ear canal up close. Ear suction may be used to remove ear wax or objects from the ear canal. In cases of ear infection, cleaning of the ear canal will help improve healing. At all times the audiologist can see exactly what she is doing.
- Ear suction is carried out with a small sucker attached to a low-pressure suction machine that works like a gentle vacuum cleaner. The audiologist may also use ﬁne instruments (like tiny forceps and spoons) to help remove wax. Ear suction is noisy and you may feel some mild discomfort. Occasionally mild dizziness may be experienced for a few seconds. If this occurs the audiologist will stop the suction to allow the dizziness to settle.
Before Ear Wax Removal
During Ear Wax Removal
After Ear Wax Removal
Micro-suction is safe, comfortable and effective for ear wax removal in people over 10 years old:
- Impacted wax
- Perforated Ear Drum
- Problems in the ear canal where syringing is unsuitable
- Previous ear surgery
- Narrow Ear Canals
- Curvy Ear Canals
- Hairy Ear Canals, and
- Wearers of hearing aids and ear plugs.
How much it costs
The audiologists at Acute Hearing will take up to 30 minutes to complete the appointment. The cost is $99 for one ear and $149 for two ears. This is not covered by Medicare and can be claimed from some private health insurers. It is best if you check with your health insurer to see if you are covered.Schedule an appointment
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