Professional Ear Cleaning
Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, provides an important function: it protects the skin of the ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi and water.
It is perfectly normal to have some wax present in the ear canal and it is important for individuals not to try and clean their own ear using cotton buds or any other type of instrument. This usually results in wax being pushed further into the ear canal and can also result in painful injuries to the ear canal, ear drum and middle ear.
A build up of excessive wax may however result in a number of uncomfortable conditions such as:
- Hearing loss
- Blocked sensation – due to wax blockage or water getting trapped in the ear.
- Infection or itchiness in the ear
Our audiologists can safely remove excessive wax build-up from the ear canal with the use of microscopic magnification and a suite of specially designed instruments. An appointment for wax removal with an Audiologist will include:
- A discussion of your ear health and history
- Visual examination of the ear using an otoscope and microscopic magnification
- Wax removal using the most appropriate clinical method which can include microsuction, otoclear flush and the use of purpose build wax removal instruments. All wax removal methods are clinically proven, safe and painless and are performed by experienced clinical Audiologists.
Following wax removal, your Audiologist will advise you if further treatment or testing is recommended. An appointment for wax removal is generally 30mins and the cost is $80. Some private health funds may reimburse the cost of this service.