Ear Wax Removal Methods


Endoscopic Removal

Endoscopic ear wax removal uses an endoscope, for precise visualisation and removal of ear wax, offering a detailed view of the ear canal, which is perfect for those with perforations and mastoidectomy.


Irrigation Removal

Irrigation ear wax removal is a non-invasive method that is safer than traditional syringe-based methods. It involves flushing out ear wax using a gentle stream of warm water and is suitable and effective for the removal of softer wax.


Curettage Removal

Curettage ear wax removal involves using a curette, which is a small, curved instrument, to manually remove ear wax. This method is often used for harder or impacted wax and is best suited for patients that suffer from tinnitus or have sensitivity to loud noises.

Meet our audiology specialists

Rhys Morris-Barber

Rhys studied Audiology at both Swansea University & the world-class Aston University Birmingham. Rhys has an impressive background in Audiology with over 22 years’ experience in his field.

His extensive experience is further complemented by his active participation in multiple expert panels across the UK, where he contributes significant insights in his field.

Just like the rest of the Audiology Associates team, Rhys follows a compassionate & empathetic approach towards patient care, which is essential for addressing the complexities of hearing loss to ensure you receive personalised & appropriate care that meets your needs.

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Taylor James Green

Taylor has been working in the field of Audiology since 2016. He finished his studies in 2019 where he graduated from the prestigious Anglia Ruskin University. Since that time Taylor has gained extensive experience in the field of Audiology, bringing both empathy and passion to his approach.

Taylor really does put the patient at the heart of his every day providing a personalised and skilled experience during every appointment.

Why choose microsuction endoscopic ear wax removal?

Microsuction is a highly effective and safe earwax removal method, offering significant advantages over traditional techniques.


Quick & efficient

Each ear typically takes only a few minutes.


Low risk of infection or injury

Gentle and precise to ensure minimal risk of infection or injury.


Enhanced precision

Clear visuals of the ear canal using our endoscope.


Effective procedure

Effectively removes hard or impacted earwax and rapidly restores hearing caused by wax accumulation.


Painless & minimally invasive

Offers a comfortable alternative to more invasive ear wax removal methods.


Advanced safety technique

Suitable even for patients with perforated eardrums or a mastoid cavity.

Our approach to ear wax removal

At Audiology Associates, you’ll begin with a 30-minute appointment, during which we address your needs and how best to approach your treatment.

Medical history

For us to give you the best course of treatment for you, it is important for you to share your hearing history & any health issues you may have. This allows us to fully understand your overall health before carrying out any procedures and compiling a treatment plan.

Ear wax examination

If the issue is not ear wax you will receive a full consultation and if appropriate, be offered a hearing test in place of your procedure. You will pay no more than your initial deposit / consultation fee.

Ear wax removal

If ear wax is present, you will receive microsuction via endoscopic ear wax removal. We place a thin tube with light and camera called an endoscope, into your ear canal. This provides a beautiful visual allowing accurate navigation. Microsuction uses a small suction device, this gently vacuums out the ear wax. The suction is controlled with precision to avoid any discomfort or damage to the ear and is usually over within 30 minutes.

Hearing test

Following your ear wax removal, you’ll receive a complimentary hearing test. This involves wearing headphones and listening to a range of sounds at various frequencies. You’ll be prompted to press a button whenever you hear a sound, helping to gauge your hearing capabilities across different frequencies.

Report back to your general practitioner

Following your ear wax removal procedure, we will write a report to send back to your General Practitioner, with your permission.

Frequently asked questions

What is endoscopic microsuction ear wax removal and how is it different from traditional methods?

Microsuction is a safe and clean method using gentle suction to remove ear wax. It’s a non-invasive technique and typically very comfortable. We also use an endoscope for a constant visual of the ear canal during the procedure.

Is endoscopic microsuction ear wax removal painful?

Most people find it to be a painless procedure. Some may experience a slight discomfort or odd sensation due to the noise of the suction.

How long does endoscopic microsuction take?

Depending on the amount of wax buildup, the procedure is usually quick, taking about 15-30 minutes.

How often should I have ear wax removal done?

This depends on individual needs. Some may require it more frequently due to faster wax buildup, while others may need it only occasionally.

Can children undergo ear wax removal?

Yes, it’s generally safe for children, but it should be performed by an experienced Audiologist. (Children can only legally be seen by those with a higher-level audiology qualification) We have 8 years plus policy and each child needs to be examined first to see if their ears are developed enough to support our equipment.

How can I prevent ear wax buildup in the future?

Regular check-ups and the use of clinical grade olive oil can help prevent excessive wax buildup. Avoid using cotton buds or inserting objects into the ear canal.

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