Earwax removal can be a pretty scary thing when it’s your first time. However, most people don’t realise that it’s very common. It’s so common in fact, that it’s the most likely reason for temporary hearing loss. No need to be embarrassed as you’re not the only one having problems with earwax. It’s natural for there to be a build up from time to time. Below are the two types of earwax removal you will come across with the advantages and disadvantages as well as how to protect your ears.
Microsuction is a newer form of earwax removal and the preferred option. Not only do you not need to soften the wax using olive oil or ear drops in most cases, it doesn’t leave the ear waterlogged after the procedure. In addition, it is less likely to cause an ear infection as can happen sometimes with irrigation. Microsuction earwax removal works by placing what might as well be a vacuum cleaner into the ear. This then sucks the earwax out. Some clinics will have camera on the end of the Microsuction device with a television screen so you can see the earwax as it’s being removed.
Irrigation involves pumping water into the ear and holding a pan on the neck of the patient till all the wax gets flushed out. The downside to irrigation is that you usually have to spend a couple of weeks softening the wax with olive oil or ear drops. If you’re looking to have the wax removed same day, irrigation isn’t convenient. Irrigation also leaves your ears vulnerable to infection as they can become waterlogged (otitis externa).