We are one of the only general practices in the North of Wollongong to offer this service. Microsuction is an ear wax cleaning technique using a high powered binocular microscope and a gentle suction device. It is the same technique used by Ear, Nose and Throat specialists and is safer and usually superior to other methods such as water syringing (somewhat higher risks of ear drum trauma and ear infections) and ear candling (little or no evidence of any effect).
A disposable speculum (the same as when the doctor usually examines your ears) is inserted into your ear canal. The nurse and/or doctor examines the ear canal and ear drum through the microscope. A suction tube is put gently into the ear canal and ear wax and debris is suctioned out under direct view until you have a clean ear. Occasionally a fine disposable wax hook may be used to remove stubborn wax with direct vision from the microscope. There are also indivudal cases where ear irragation may be the preferred method of ear toilet.
Before microsuction of the ear
You may be asked to use drops for several days beforehand, this can make the treatment easier for you.
During the procedure of microsuction of the ear
You do need to sit quite still. Despite all our efforts to be as gentle as possible, it will be noisy and occasionally may be a little uncomfortable. It rarely causes some short lived vertigo (dizziness), lasting no more than a minute or so.
Who is suitable for the procedure?
Anyone who needs their ears cleaned and is able to sit still is able to have ear microsuction. It is particularly good for 'Surfers Ear'. Hearing aid users ideally should have wax removed every 4-6 months. Patients who are visitors to the practice are very welcome to attend. For children under 18 years old an initial consultation is required to see if the child is suitable for this procedure. Please ask reception for an appointment with one of the ear doctors.
Who performs the procedure?
All of our wonderful nurses and four of our doctors are trained to perform this procedure. If you have any problem other than ear wax you will need an appointment with the doctor. Either way a doctor will always check your ear/s at your appointment.
Depending on the complexity and duration of the procedure, and whether you are having both or just one ear microsuctioned, the fee payable on the day is between $81 - $180. Your out of pocket expense once getting your Medicare rebate back will be $40 - $62.
Please note, even if wax is not present a consult fee will still be charged.
Making an appointment
We are currently taking appointments for this service for regular patients of the practice.