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Methods of earwax removal

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

The main methods used to remove earwax professionally are listed below

● Microsuction

● Irrigation

● Manual removal


Microsuction is the removal of earwax using a suction machine. It is a minimally invasive procedure performed by a trained practitioner. Microsuction is regarded to be the safest method of earwax removal. Generally, this procedure is comfortable however in some instances where the earwax has fused the hairs in the ear canal it might be slightly uncomfortable. It is therefore important to lubricate the ears at least 3 days prior to the appointment using olive oil or earol. Please put several drops in your ears twice a day. Earol can be found at your local pharmacy.


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Irrigation involves flushing out the ear with water using an electronic ear irrigator. This form of wax removal replaces the old-fashioned technique of ear syringing. Unlike syringing, the electronic irrigator can be operated at low pressure therefore reducing the risk of trauma to the ear. Irrigation can take up to 15-30 minutes depending on the amount and consistency of the earwax. This method of earwax removal will be used in instances where the patient has hyperacusis.

Manual removal

In cases where the earwax can be broken up or placed at the entrance of the ear canal, special instruments such as the Jobson Horne, Curettes or Rosen hook might be used.


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