What is Ear Wax?

The medical term for earwax is cerumen, it is a mixture of dead skin, debris and oils produced by the ear canals to protect the Ear. Naturally, wax is cleared by the body, but when wax gets lodged it causes a build-up of excessive wax. If left untreated, excessive earwax may cause ears to become blocked.

Symptoms of Blocked Ears?

• Pain/Earache
• A feeling of fullness in the ear
• Difficulty hearing, which may continue to worsen
• Ringing/Buzzing sounds in the ear (tinnitus)
• Vertigo (feeling dizzy or sick)
• Itchiness in the ear


Microsuction is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in ear wax removal. The procedure effectively allows wax to be pulled out using a gentle and safe suction. It is the safest method of removal as it is performed under direct observation using magnifying loupes, or a camera operated system, which allows the audiologist to always have the wax and ear in their view.

At clarity ear clinic, we operate using premium grade equipment; this combined with our extensive knowledge and best practices, ensures we are always adhering to the highest standards for our patients.

Manual Removal

The Jobson Horne is an ear curette which features a small loop at one end to safely remove excessive or impacted earwax from the ear canal. This method is used at the point where the wax has become visible from the naked eye towards the entrance of the ear canal.

Forceps are similar to the Jobson Horne, they are used to pick up fragments of wax that have been brought forward to the entrance of the ear canal.

Who can benefit from Microsuction?

• Anyone needing immediate relief from wax build up and its symptoms

• Anyone that has mastoid cavities where the common irrigation/syringing procedure should be avoided​​

• Anyone with perforations where the common irrigation/syringing procedure should be avoided​

• Anyone that has a history of reoccurring infections

• Travellers requiring immediate wax removal for flying​

• Those needing wax removal for completion of Hearing Tests/Impressions for hearing aid moulds​

• Hearing aid wearers requiring immediate wax removal for effective Hearing Aid fittings

Other methods of Ear Wax Removal.

Water Irrigation

This method has been a longstanding wax removal process. It uses pressurised water to expel the wax out of the ear. Depending on location, type and consistency of the ear wax, this method may be used by your ear care practitioner.

What to expect in your appointment:

• A detailed patient history will be conducted, followed by an examination of the ear using a video otoscope to show you the condition of the wax.

•If it is safe to proceed, the wax removal procedure will be carried out.

•Once completed, the audiologist will be able to show you an image of the eardrum and ear canal; clear from any wax or debris.

•The practitioner will also advise you on maintenance to help reduce future blockage.

•A typical appointment will take between 30-45 minutes.

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