Ear syringing involves using warm water to remove wax from the ear, without damage. Prior to getting your ears syringed, you must be using ear softening drops for at least 3 days.
The process of getting your ear syringed is as follows;
- Your doctor will examine your ear canal to check for infection, and confirm that you have an excessive amount of wax that needs to be removed
- You will then see a nurse, they will use a syringe-like tool to spray a water and saline solution into your ear, which dislodges the wax and flushes it out.
Ear irrigation only takes a couple of minutes to complete, and while it can feel a little strange, you shouldn’t feel any pain. If you do, you should let the nurse know, as this may be a symptom of infection.
Ear microsuction is a technique where, with the aid of an operating microscope, a doctor can clean out wax, infective debris or foreign bodies from the ear. This procedure is recommended to patients by their doctor, when ear syringing is not appropriate.
During the procedure the a small conical metal speculum is placed in the ear and the doctor uses a narrow suction probe to clean the ear. There is some moderate sucking noise but this is usually well tolerated by most patients including children. It is unusual to get any side effects from microsuction however occasionally there may be slight dizziness or hearing loss may occur. These are temporary usually only lasting minutes, if you are concerned, please speak to your doctor.
In some cases wax may be too embedded to be removed by microsuction – in this situation we have the option of continuing with syringing.
To book an appointment; call reception on 9535 4644 and you will be booked in with your doctor and the nurse for this procedure.
Please note; for private patients there may an out of pocket fee, at the digression of the doctor
These appointments are available Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays