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How is earwax removed?

The Different Types of Earwax Removal and Their Benefits

Earwax is a naturally occurring substance in our ears, but too much can cause discomfort and even affect your hearing. At Buchanan Audiologists, we understand how vital clear ears are to your health and quality of life, and we offer a range of earwax removal methods to cater to individual needs.

Understanding the different types of earwax removal can help you make the best choice for your circumstances. Here's a comprehensive rundown on the most commonly used earwax removal methods:

1. Manual Removal

  • What it is: This is when an audiologist uses special tools, such as a curette, to remove the earwax from your ear canal manually.
  • Benefits:
    • Immediate relief from symptoms
    • Suitable for almost everyone
    • Effective for removing hard, compacted wax
  • Evidence: According to a study in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, manual removal is a safe and effective method for earwax removal when performed by trained professionals.

2. Microsuction

  • What it is: A process where a small, sterile suction device is used to remove the wax. This is typically performed under a microscope to ensure precision.
  • Benefits:
    • Quick procedure
    • Painless and comfortable
    • Can remove wax, debris, and foreign bodies
  • Evidence: An article in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology reveals that microsuction is often the preferred method for earwax removal because it is generally safer and more comfortable than irrigation.

3. Ear Irrigation

  • What it is: This method involves using a machine that sprays water into the ear to flush out the wax.
  • Benefits:
    • Can remove large amounts of wax at once
    • Quick and painless
    • Most suitable for soft wax
  • Evidence: A report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests that ear irrigation may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with a history of ear surgery, recurrent infections, or eardrum perforation.

Each of these methods has its benefits, and the best one for you will depend on your situation and the nature of your earwax build-up. At Buchanan Audiologists, our team of experts is on hand to assess your needs and recommend the most effective treatment.

Choosing the correct earwax removal method is crucial for your ear health, comfort, and overall well-being. Don't let earwax issues cloud your day or impact your hearing any longer.


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