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Earwax Removal Melbourne

Earwax Removal Melbourne

Earwax can build up and impact in the ear canals.  Impacted earwax if left untreated can lead to a number of issues including ear infections.

At Hearing Professionals, we offer wax removal by the curette method or by using micro-suction.  These are dry methods have the advantage of not exposing the ear to moisture, which minimises the risk of infection.

Curette Method

This is a dry method which uses a wax loop (or jobson horn) to remove pieces of wax. The wax loop is circular and has no sharp edges for the safe removal of wax. This is done using a specialised bright headlamp (Lumiview or Vorotek) which give the clinician bright clear vision deep into the ear canal.

Micro-suction

Micro-suction earwax removal is a modern earwax removal treatment.  At selected clinics, we use ENT surgical grade microscopes, which can look deep into the ear canal with high magnification. This combined with a specialised medical grade micro-suction machine, allows for the safe and painless removal of deep and/or stubborn earwax. If possible, the ear wax should be softened with a proprietary ear wax softening spray, available from our clinics or your chemist, at least 2-3 days prior to your appointment.

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Signs and Symptoms of Earwax Buildup
Symptoms

The appearance of earwax varies from light yellow to dark brown. Darker colours do not necessarily indicate that there is a blockage.

Signs of earwax build-up include:

  • sudden or partial hearing loss, which is usually temporary
  • tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing in the ear
  • a feeling of fullness in the ear
  • earache or discomfort
Blocked Ear Wax

As unremoved earwax buildup can lead to infection, please contact your doctor and seek medical adviceif you experience the symptoms of infection, such as:

  • severe pain in your ear
  • pain in your ear that does not subside
  • drainage from your ear
  • fever
  • coughing
  • persistent hearing loss
  • an odour coming from your ear
  • dizziness
  • bleeding

It’s important to note that hearing loss, dizziness and earaches also have many other causes.  A medical evaluation can help determine if another health issue is present. Contact our hearing clinics on 1300 768 108 for an audiological evaluation to first determine if your symptoms as due to excessive earwax. 

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