Preparing for Microsuction
We suggest to our patients that softening the blockage is very important prior to the appointment. Softening with olive oil for 2 nights can lubricate the canal and soften wax. Our Ear Nurses prefer olive oil as a softening agent over any other softening agents in the market. However, it is important that you DO NOT apply drops if you have a hole in your eardrum or grommets.
Please Note: Don’t worry if you have been using another product or have forgotten to apply the oil; just come in for your appointment.
Here is how you apply softening drops in preparation for your microsuction ear cleaning appointment.
To apply the softening drops, follow these steps:
- Lie on your side and carefully fill your ear canal with olive oil drops. Make sure to fill the canal slowly to avoid airlocks and oil flooding out of the ear.
- Allow the oil to soak into your ear canal for about 5 minutes. This will help to soften the wax.
- Place a plug of cotton wool in your ear to keep the oil in place for 15-30 mins.
- You can repeat this process for up to 2-3 days before your appointment. Applying the drops at least once before your appointment is beneficial.
- If you have a hole in your eardrum or grommets, it is important NOT to use the drops.
- The Ear Nurses prefer Olive oil drops than any over-the-counter ear wax drops.
- If you are preparing your child for microsuction, click here for specific instructions
FEES & Charges
|Ear examination and consultation fee of both ears:||$170|
|Government Pension/DVA/Health Care Card/We Care card holders:|| $160|
(not applicable for Seniors Card)
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Did you know that:
- Ears naturally produce ear wax
- Ears have a built in self-cleaning mechanism
- The skin cells inside the ear canal function like a conveyor belt pushing the ear wax out of the ear
Blockages can occur in your ears if your self-cleaning mechanism is affected if you:
- Use cotton earbuds
- Wear airpod/ headphones
- Wear hearing aids
- Swim regularly
Genetics can cause blockages due to the ear canal being:
- Excess skin
Environmental causes can block your ears if exposed to:
- Cold wind and climate
- Loud noise
DO’S & DON’TS
- Gently wipe the visible part of your ear with a damp cloth.
- Use ear plugs in loud environments.
- See an ear nurse for gentle microsuction cleaning about once per year.
- Don’t use cotton buds (they can push ear wax further in or even damage your eardrum).
- Don’t use ear candles as these have been proven ineffective and misleading (Seely et al, 1996).
- Don’t attempt to clean anywhere in your ear that you cannot see.
- Don’t stick anything in your ear smaller than your elbow.