What is Ear Wax?
Ear Wax is an accumulation of dead skin from the ear canal, dirt and cerumen produced in the ear.
Its purpose is to acts as a protective barrier for the ear.
Ordinarily, your ear should be capable of ‘self-cleansing’ by clearing the ear wax out of the ear canal.
However, problems arise when your ear is unable to function normally due to a substantial build-up, causing symptoms and discomfort.
What is Ear Toilet (Aural Toilet)?
Ear Wax Removal
Ear Toilet or some may call it Aural toilet is the removal of ear wax relieving of patient’s discomfort.
There are different methods of removal.
By instrumentation under direct visualisation and microsuction of ear wax might be considered as one of the safest options.
How Does Ear Toilet (Ear Wax Removal) Works?
Using Instrumentation and Microsuction to Remove Ear Wax
While microsuction and instrumentation carries some inherent risks, this is one of the safest wax clearing procedure when used with direct visualization by the medical practitioner.
This enables the medical practitioner to clean the ear canal with greater precision and reduced patient discomfort whilst concurrently enabling the medical practitioner to inspect the ear canal and tympanic membrane are in detail.
As an ancillary benefit, this method allows 2-handed working which further minimizes the risks of human error.
Due to the increased precision and stability, microsuction is often used in situations where ear irrigation is inappropriate or for patients with a deficiency in the ear drum (eg hole in the ear) or having previous ear surgeries.
Who will benefit from this Ear Wax Removal Procedure?
- Patients with an ear infection will benefit as ear irrigation will not be safe in this group of patients
- Patient with build- up of ear wax causing symptoms
- Patient with anatomical variations of the ear canal
- Patient wearing hearing aids
- Children who able to understand instructions and willing to cooperate
What Should Be Done Before this Ear Wax Removal Procedure?
- Instillation of Cerumwax softening agents (like olive oil) should be recommended.
- Instillation of drops approximately 3 times a day 2-3 drops and to remain on the same side approx. 3– 5 mins after
What should be done after this Ear Wax Removal procedure?
It is advised that a formal hearing evaluation is conducted after the wax removal procedure to ensure good hearing has been restored, especially in situations where a patient had suffered a loss of hearing before the procedure.
How Long Does this Ear Wax Removal Procedure Take?
This clinic procedure usually takes between 15-20 minutes.
What Else Can This Be Done For?
- Apart from wax, this can be used for removing a foreign body in your ear.
- Ear infection will also benefit from this form of ear toilet.
- It enables the insertion of a soft medicated sponge for patients with a severe ear infection.