Ear Wax Microsuction

Microsuction is the gold standard for ear wax removal. Historically many practices would have syringed the ear also known as syringing. However it is now recognised that blindly penetrating the ear with water at high pressure is more likely to result in trauma and damage to the ear. 

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Professional Microsuction Ear Wax Removals in Birmingham

Our ENT Surgeon, Mr Amit Parmar performs microsuction ear wax removal with the use of an operating microscope. The ear wax is removed from in the ear under a microscope in a treatment room. 

Ear wax can be a common irritant that can affect your hearing and on occasion give you ear discomfort.   Significant Ear wax can also reduce your hearing

Cotton buds are not designed for dewaxing your ears, however, people will often use them to clean their ears and as a result, push wax further down the ear canal.  We are able to offer Ear Microsuction performed by a fully GMC accredited Consultant ENT surgeon.  Unlike ear syringing or ear irrigation, where ear wax is flushed out ‘blindly’, with microscopic and microsuction ear wax removal the ear wax is being directly visualised under the microscope whilst it is being removed. This makes the procedure much quicker, safer and comfortable for the patient. 

How does Ear Wax Microsuction work?

The microscope is used to directly visualise the ear wax whilst it is being removed. Microscopic and microsuction ear wax removal typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes to perform. This can vary depending on the amount and type of ear wax, how deep the ear wax is inside the ear canal, and whether you are having one or both ears treated. It is performed with you laying down on a bed with your head tilted to the side so that the ear with ear wax can be accessed.

Having a Consultant ENT surgeon performing this procedure also allows for an examination of the eardrum and diagnosis of other conditions that may be affecting the ear such as Cholesteotoma. 

Ear Wax Removal for Children

Here, at Midland Health, we are one of the few services in the West Midlands that offer ear dewaxing/microsuction for children.

Cleaning hard earwax from your child’s ear can be difficult. Some people try removing earwax at home, using natural remedies, such as over-the-counter medicine or oils that soften the earwax and make it easier to take out.   

However, children’s ears are small and sensitive. Introducing anything in your child’s ear, including cotton buds could cause serious damage, such as infection, sensitivity and even perforated eardrums. 

Therefore, it is always recommended to consult with a doctor if you have concerns about hard earwax in your child’s ear. With the earwax removal for children service at Midland Health, you are guaranteed a peace of mind, knowing that a consultant ENT surgeon will perform the procedure.

Symptoms of Earwax Build-Up

Earwax is normal in both adults and children. Sometimes, however, excess earwax builds up and, if it is left untreated, it can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Pain in your ear
  • Itching due to dryness in the ear
  • Discomfort caused by hard earwax blockage 
  • Hearing loss due to complete blockage of the ear canal
  • Dizziness, loss of balance
  • An ear infection 
  • Tinnitus (ringing in your ears) 

If you or anyone in your family experiences one or more of these symptoms, get in touch with Midland Health to consult with an ENT specialist in Birmingham or Northampton. 

Get in touch with our team if you want to book in an appointment with our experts. Based in the centre of Birmingham, our clinic specialises in ear wax removals and other related issues.


  • Microsuction (Adults and Children) both ears with the ENT Consultant – £115
  • Microsuction (Adult and Children) with Audiologist  – £65


Why do we have earwax?

Earwax is not a sign of bad hygiene. In fact, it plays a huge role in your ear health. Earwax is produced by your body as a self-cleaning mechanism and has water-proofing and germ-killing properties.

Why do earwax blockages happen?

There are different reasons for earwax build-up, including: 

  • Naturally producing more earwax than the average person.
  • Having narrow or hairy ear canals. 
  • Getting older – earwax cleaning gets more difficult with age.
  • Pushing ear wax further into the ear with foreign objects, such as cotton buds, fingers, earplugs and hearing aids.

How often should I remove earwax?

Ear canals have a way of self-cleaning. Skin in the ear canal gradually dries out and falls out of your ear on its own, removing the earwax along the way.

However, for people who experience earwax build-up and blockages, professional earwax removal should be done regularly. It is recommended to do it every six months.

If you have any symptoms, related to earwax buildup, you should contact an ENT immediately.

How to get rid of ear wax?

New, soft, gold-yellow earwax is healthy and shouldn’t need to be removed. Your ear canal will clean itself naturally.

However, if earwax becomes dry, hard and brown in colour, or if it causes any symptoms, it may need to be cleaned professionally.

At Midland Health, we provide an Ear Microsuction service, performed by a consultant ENT surgeon, fully-accredited by GMC.

Are there side effects to ear wax removal?

Microsuction is one of the safest ways to remove ear wax. No liquid is used during the procedure, which reduces the risk of infection.

During or immediately after the procedure, you may experience light side effects, such as dizziness, faintness or vertigo, but those are just temporary. In extremely rare cases, hearing loss or tinnitus may occur.

If you have any concerns or questions, our ear specialists, at Midland Health, will walk you through the procedure in more detail during your consultation.

What about home removal of ear wax?

Do not use cotton buds. They may cause serious damage to your ear.

Hard wax can be softened by using different types of oils, such as olive oil or almond oil.

If that doesn’t help, you may need to have a private earwax removal procedure done. If you live in the West Midlands, the team at Midland Health are your trusted local earwax removal specialists.

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