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Ear wax can cause hearing loss, itchiness and/or tinnitus when it completely blocks the earEar wax can cause hearing loss, itchiness and/or tinnitus when it completely blocks the earEar wax is a naturally occurring product that is generated by the a healthy ear. It comprises of oils and dead cells in the ear canal and on the tympanic membrane (ear drum). For most people wax migrates out of the ear in a corkscrew pattern and leaves the ear when they are showering or sleeping.

However for some people wax cannot migrate out of the ear and builds up within the ear canal. This build up can become impacted (dry and hard), can cause itichiness, a sense of pressure, a drop in hearing threshold and tinnitus.

In this instance it is best to have the wax removed. This should only be done by a qualified professional.

MICROSUCTION

Microsuction is a safe, quick and comfortable method of removing earwax. It reduces the risk of infection as no liquid is introduced into the ear. A suction probe is inserted into the ear canal and a gentle vacuum is applied to the ear wax, causing it to dislodge. This procedure is carried out using loupes (binocular microscopes), which provide an enhanced view of the ear canal.

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