Human ear is a complex organ as it helps us in hearing as well as in maintaining balance. Ear us divided into 3 parts – outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Outer ear consists of pinna, ear canal and tympanic membrane. The ear canal is lined with wax which in medical terms it’s called cerumen. There are glands in the ear produce wax which helps in protecting the ear from dirt, foreign bodies, bacteria entering the ear.
We all have wax and little bit of wax in the ear canals is completely ok. In a normal process the wax comes out on its own from the ear canals. But sometimes the wax can build up in the ear canals and this can make ears feel blocked. You can also experience difficulty in hearing, itchiness and sometimes pain and tinnitus.
This is when dewaxing or ear wax removal becomes essential. It is important to know that you should not try to remove ear wax yourself usually with cotton buds. By using cotton buds all you will do it push the wax back deeper into the ear and there is also risk of perforating your ear drum (tympanic membrane).
Common methods of ear wax removal are ear syringing and microsuction. In ear syringing also called ear irrigation water is pumped into the ear at a controlled pressure to remove wax. Ear syringing may not be very effecting in the case of ears with impacted wax even after using ear drops. Microsuction is recognised as the best and safest method of ear wax removal. As the name suggest in microsuction the wax is sucked out using medical suction tube under specialised ear microscope. There is no water used in microsuction.
At The Audiology Clinic, microsuction is performed by our Doctor of Audiology, Dr Deepak Kumar to safely and painlessly remove ear wax. You can ring the clinic to make an appointment as patients are seen only by an appointment. It is important to remember every medical procedure carries a risk. It is not ideal to put up with blocked ears, hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of impacted wax.