The human ear is a really complex organ as it helps us in hearing as well as maintaining the balance of our posture. Our ear consists of 3 parts, outer ear, middle ear and inner ear, which works in sync with our eyes and muscles, thus helping us maintain balance, while we are doing various activities.
The ear canal is lined up with wax which in medical terms is called cerumen, and these glands in the ear produce wax which helps in protecting the ear from further dirt, dust, foreign bodies, bacteria entering the ear. Having a little bit of wax in the ear canals is completely normal and natural and one doesn’t need to worry about it.
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 make your ears feel blocked, which in turn sometimes irritate us.
Ear wax can be a real problem, and for most people, wax simply falls out by itself. However, in some cases, it fails to do so and afterwards experiences difficulty in hearing, itchiness and sometimes pain and tinnitus.
Some home remedies like the insertion of earbuds can be tried at home to remove excess ear wax, but these don’t always work. When this is the case, you may consider other professional options, such as microsuction, which is particularly effective at removing ear wax.
So let’s discuss what exactly microsuction is, and why it’s performed, and after that what possible side effects you may experience while following the procedure.
Ear microsuction is the removal of ear wax using a high-powered microscope that is designed specifically to help eliminate debris of wax that has developed in your ear. What it does is it first usually softens the wax buried inside and then removes the hardened wax that is causing all of the troublesome side effects.
The audiologist, once got the clear view of the ear canal, the wax is carefully removed using low suction. Also, there are other methods to remove wax, but the results are not as effective and accurate as microsuction as it is performed without liquid which eliminates the chances of the irrigation and irritation.
Microsuction is extremely comfortable and even more precise because of the clear view of the inside ear canal. This enables the professionals to ensure that all of the excessive ear wax is safely removed without any discomfort and pain. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of wax build up in your ear canal, you will surely benefit from using Microsuction.
Now, you know for what reason Microsuction is so much popular, but despite the safety it carries during the procedure, there is also a small amount of uncertainty, risk and potential side effects of dizziness, faintness or vertigo that one can have shortly or right after having the treatment.
Always keep in mind, most of these possible side effects are incredibly rare and temporary but considered a safe, efficient, and effective way of removing ear wax. As with any procedure, there is always a small risk of infection, which one can easily get rid of it within time.
The Audiology Clinic is a private independent diagnostic audiology practice. The specialists at the audiology clinic provide prevention, assessment and management of people with hearing, tinnitus and balance (vertigo/dizziness) disorders. All patients attending the audiology clinic are seen by Doctor of Audiology Dr Deepak Kumar.