A study in 2014
indicated that the procedure was up to 91% effective at removing build-up in a sample of 159 people. It has additional benefits compared to the alternatives, too: the speed, precision and lack of moisture involved means that microsuction can be performed on people with a history of ear surgery, an outer ear infection or even a ruptured eardrum. However, the process is not without its drawbacks and you should always consult with our healthcare professionals before undergoing treatment. Our specialist may advise you to use more olive oil spray (Earol) to further soften the remaining wax before your return appointment. We advise patients to use Earol or Almond Oil for 3-4 days prior to appointment. However, if you are aware of an infection or a perforated eardrum, we advise you to not use any drops whatsoever.
No water is placed into the ear – meaning that it is what is known as a ‘dry’ method of removal that both reduces the risk of infection or pushing the wax further into the ear canal. If you have a perforated eardrum, grommet inserted, a mastoid cavity or a cleft palate, you should not
have Water Irrigation to remove your wax. Instead, Microsuction – or its Endoscopic equivalent – are the ideal procedures for you.