Ear Microsuction is a procedure used to remove a build up of wax and debris in a patient’s ear, this is done by cleaning softly through a microscope. It allows your consultant to clean any waste build up in the ear giving them a clearer view of the external auditory meatus.

Wax blocking the ear canal can cause distress to a patient and effect their ability to hear. At Hadley Wood Hospital our ENT Consultants provide a safe and comprehensive ear care service, tailoring each service to outpatients needs.

Microsuction is a highly effective form of wax removal. Wax can be removed more easily and quickly causing the patient as little discomfort as possible. There are no liquids used during the procedure making it a cleaner procedure for the patient and treatment can be performed within the day allowing you to return home quickly.

Ear wax is produced in the glands of the ear canal and is an important part of the ears defence assisting in the prevention of of infections. Due to the texture of ear wax it also traps foreign bodies and debris. Ear wax blocks the ear when it is pushed into the ear-canal by cotton-buds, hairpins, paperclips and other objects that people put in their ears which causes symptoms such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Coughing
  • Ringing sounds in the ear
  • Sometimes pain


Sometimes prior to your appointment it is recommended to use softening drops, or olive oil, but this is not always necessary and will be advised by your consultant. The removal starts with your consultant using a microscope and a medical suction device. A very thin pole is fitted to the end of the suction tube which allows the gentle removal the earwax from your canal.

Your ear will be examined using a binaural microsope and the low pressure suction device, this is used to remove the blockage.


For more information, a quotation or to book an appointment, please contact our enquiries team who are available Monday – Friday from 8am – 6pm on 020 7317 7751 or rf.privateenquiries@nhs.net.