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10 FAQs About Wax Micro Suctioning

by | 8 Jul 2024 | News

At Noosa Hearing, we understand that earwax buildup can be uncomfortable and affect your hearing. Wax micro suctioning is a highly effective and safe method to remove excess earwax. To help you understand this procedure better, we’ve compiled a list of 10 frequently asked questions.

1. What is wax micro suctioning?

It is a procedure where a small, gentle vacuum is used to remove excess earwax from the ear canal. Unlike traditional methods such as ear syringing, micro suctioning does not involve the use of water, making it a cleaner and more controlled process.

2. Is wax micro suctioning safe?

Yes, it is a safe procedure when performed by a trained professional. It is considered safer than ear syringing because it avoids the risk of ear infections and damage to the ear canal or eardrum.

3. Does wax micro suctioning hurt?

It is generally painless. Some people might experience a slight tickling sensation or mild discomfort due to the sound of the suction device, but it is not painful. The procedure is quick and typically lasts only a few minutes.

4. How do I know if I need wax micro suctioning?

You might need it if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Reduced hearing
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Earache or discomfort
  • Dizziness

5. Can everyone have wax micro suctioning?

Most people can safely undergo wax micro suctioning. However, it may not be suitable for individuals with certain ear conditions, such as a perforated eardrum, recent ear surgery, or active ear infections. It’s best to consult with an audiologist to determine if the procedure is right for you.

6. How should I prepare for a wax micro suctioning appointment?

No special preparation is needed before a wax micro suctioning appointment. However, using ear drops to soften the wax a few days before the procedure can help make the process easier and more comfortable. Your audiologist will provide specific instructions if needed.

7. What can I expect during the procedure?

During the procedure, the audiologist will use a microscope to view the ear canal and a gentle suction device to remove the earwax. You will be seated comfortably throughout the procedure, and the audiologist will guide you through each step to ensure you are at ease.

8. How long does wax micro suctioning take?

The procedure typically takes only a few minutes per ear. The exact duration depends on the amount of earwax and the condition of your ear canal. Most appointments are completed within 15-30 minutes.

9. Are there any side effects?

It is a low-risk procedure. Some individuals may experience minor side effects, such as:

  • Temporary dizziness
  • Mild discomfort
  • Slight ringing in the ears These side effects are usually short-lived and resolve quickly.

10. How often should I have wax removed?

The frequency of wax removal varies depending on individual needs. Some people may need it once or twice a year, while others might require more frequent appointments. Your audiologist can recommend a suitable schedule based on your earwax production and hearing health.


Wax micro suctioning is a safe, effective, and comfortable method for removing excess earwax. If you’re experiencing symptoms of earwax buildup or have concerns about your ear health, don’t hesitate to reach out to Noosa Hearing. Our experienced audiologists are here to provide you with the best care and answer any further questions you may have.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Noosa Hearing today.

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