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Ear Wax Removal

Steps for a Successful Ear Wax Removal Appointment

We are happy to offer ear wax removal services to patients aged 5 years and over. You will be charged an $80 appointment fee.

Please read our wax removal preparation steps to ensure a successful wax removal appointment.

Common Symptoms of Impacted Ear Wax:

  • Decreased hearing (sometimes sudden)
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • A sensation of pressure or fullness in the ear

Step 1: Confirm Presence of Ear Wax Before Booking

Prior to booking an ear wax removal appointment, we recommend you confirm the presence of wax in the ear canal with your family physician, if possible. If you do not have a family doctor, please contact our clinic to discuss your options. You do not need a doctor referral to have ear wax removed.

Step 2: Soften Ear Wax Prior to Your Appointment

We recommend patients aged 12+ soften their ear wax prior to their appointment using a wax removal drop. This will increase the likelihood of removal and decrease physical discomfort during the process. Any over-the-counter wax removal drop designed for dissolving ear wax can be used; however, we recommend using our Audiologist Choice Drops twice a day for four consecutive days prior to your appointment. Audiologist Choice Drops can be purchased at our clinic.

*Important Note: Use of our ear wax removal drops are not recommended for patients with perforated eardrums or for children under 12. Please contact your family physician for medical direction.

Ear Wax Removal Methods

At Clayton Park Audiology our registered audiologists have been formally trained in various wax removal techniques, however, our clinic specializes in manual curettage and microsuction.

Microsuction is considered the safest method of ear wax removal. Microsuction allows for constant observation of the ear canal and does not involve the use of water pressure which reduces the risk of infection, ear drum perforation, and vertigo.

Wax removal by irrigation/syringing is not recommended for clients with the following:

  • Perforated eardrum or history of perforation
  • History of ear surgery (i.e. pressure equalizing tubes; mastoid cavity)
  • Are immunocompromised due to increased risk of infection

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