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Manual Ear Wax Removal

Manual removal is using specially designed tools to remove the wax from the outer part of the ear canal.  Sometimes it helps to physically lift the piece of wax if it is quite solid and deep. This is because with water syringing the piece of solid wax could be stopping the water from getting behind it and washing it out. On the other hand with micro suction, quite often we will refer to putting in more oil, however in some instances, the wax is so dry it can come away from the wall of the ear canal itself and be gently pulled out with purpose designed tweezers.

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When should I seek professional for ear wax?

Earwax usually isn’t a problem, except when it causes one of the following issues;

  • Earache
  • Reduced Hearing
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing aids stop working or whistles
  • Skin irritation
  • Trapped water
  • Infection

Manual removal is using tools to remove the wax from the outer part of the ear canal.  Sometimes it just helps to physically lift the piece of wax if it is quite solid and deep, as the irrigation method cannot shoot the water behind it, and the microsuction cannot get hold of the wax as it is too dry.  Quite often we will refer to putting in more oil, however in some instances, the wax is so dry it can come away from the wall of the ear canal itself and be gently pulled out with forceps.

What happens during the manual removal appointment?

  1. Case history
  2. Video otoscopy of the ear canals and ear drums
  3. Removal of the ear wax
  4. Video otoscopy for re-examination and to show you the clear ear
  5. Better hearing and healthy ears