Curettage & Micro-suction
At Hearingworks, Kew we can gently and safely remove ear wax from your ear canal, using curettage and micro-suction, without the discomfort sometimes associated with syringing the ears with water.
It is normal for your body to produce ear wax, as it has a protective function. It assists in cleaning the ears by trapping dirt, germs, bacteria and any other foreign bodies entering the ear canal, such as insects.
Wax removal is generally only necessary if there is impacted wax in the ear canal. Sometimes we remove ear wax from the ears of hearing aid wearers as a means of preventing feedback (whistling) from the hearing aids and to stop wax from blocking the sound bore of the hearing aids.
A referral from a doctor is not usually necessary for ear wax removal. However, if you require ear wax to be removed more than once a year, then your General Practitioner can put you on a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan (also known as an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan) which entitles you to five allied health appointments per year, partially subsidised by Medicare.
5 important reasons why you should not insert cotton tips into the ears:
- You may scratch the delicate skin of your ear canal with the cotton tip, causing it to bleed and making the ear canal vulnerable to infection.
- You may push ear wax deeper into the ear canal where it is not supposed to be, introducing fungus, bacteria and viruses from the outer ear into the inner ear, increasing the risk of infection.
- You may push the ear wax so deep into the ear canal that you puncture the ear drum and damage the small bones attached to the ear drum.
- You may cause the ear wax to form a plug in the ear canal, blocking the ear canal entirely, causing a temporary hearing loss.
- You may make it more difficult to have your ear wax removed by a professional.