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Ear Wax Removal Technique

Your audiologist is trained to remove ear wax using micro-suction and curette (specific ear wax removal tools) techniques.

Step 1: Assessment

Your audiologist will ask you about; your ear history, ear health, general health and any contraindications to ear wax removal.

Before commencing, your audiologist will conduct a thorough inspection of your ear canal using the binocular microscope and assess the situation. They will advise you of the next steps.

You will need to keep you head still during the whole ear wax removal procedure.


Step 2: Ear wax removal via micro-suction

A small suction tube attached to a suction machine is used to remove the ear wax from your ear canal. This works a little bit like a vacuum cleaner.  You will need to keep your head still during the whole ear wax removal procedure.

Step 3: Ear wax removal using other techniques

Your audiologist may also use special micro ear wax loops or forceps to gently remove any wax or foreign object in the ear canal that cannot be removed using micro-suction.

Step 4: If all wax cannot be removed

In most cases wax can be entirely removed during the appointment; however there are instances where this is not possible and a subsequent appointment is necessary.  Some of the main reasons that wax is not able to be removed during the appointment include:

  • Wax has adhered to hair and/or skin within the ear canal
  • Wax has been present for some time, and has accumulated in layers that are quite deep and hard  
  • Wax spray/drops were not used for the full 3-4 days prior to the appointment and the wax is too hard to remove 

Your clinician will advise you about the need for any subsequent appointment.

What are your Symptoms?

Ear wax or cerumen is produced normally by special glands in the outer part of the ear canal. Its purpose is to protect the ear from damage and infections.
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