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Ear Suction Clinic

Microsuction of an ear canal is the cleaning of an ear canal using gentle suction and instruments. At Riccarton Clinic this procedure is carried out by registered nurses under direct vision using a ENT microscope. The procedure is safe and most patients find it more comfortable than ear syringing.

The ear canal is the passage that extends from your ear down to your ear drum (approx 2.5cm in adults). The ear canal is narrow and curved and can become blocked with:

  • Wax
  • Skin
  • Debris from an infection
  • A foreign object

This can cause your hearing to become dull.

The aim of ear canal suctioning is to safely and gently remove any wax or debris blocking the ear canal. Your appointment will take approx 15 minutes.

The ear suction nurse will explain the procedure, please ask questions.

  • You will be asked to lie on your back
  • A microscope is used to give the nurse a close look into the ear canal
  • A small cone placed in your ear allows the nurse to direct vision and light
  • A small metal tube attached to a low grade suction unit will be carefully placed in your ear canal
  • The suction will make a windy noise
  • You should remain still
  • Wax and debris will be carefully removed
  • Forceps, probes and other equipment may be used

People describe the experience as tickling with windy, squeaky, popping sounds. If your ear canal is sensitive or inflamed it may at times be a little uncomfortable. Let the nurse know and she will stop if you are feeling uncomfortable.

Each person has individual needs as they produce varying amounts and types of wax. The nurse will advise you how often you should have your ears suctioned.

All equipment is sterilized before use.