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The Benefits of Microsuction and Curette for Earwax Removal

Earwax buildup is a common issue that affects many people. When it comes to removing earwax, there are several methods available including microsuction, curette, and the traditional syringing technique. At Hearing Sense, our trained professionals use the Microsuction and Curette methods for safe, effective ear wax removal. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of microsuction and curette.

Microsuction: A Gentle Approach

What is Microsuction?

Microsuction is a procedure used by specially trained audiologists, doctors, and nurses to remove earwax safely and effectively. Unlike syringing, which involves flushing the ear canal with water, microsuction is a dry method. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visualization: Before the procedure, a specialist trained in wax removal examines your ear canal using a microscope or otoscope. This allows them to identify the type and amount of earwax in your canal.
  2. Suction: During the microsuction procedure, a thin nozzle is inserted into your ear. A gentle vacuum is used to dislodge and remove the earwax. You might feel some suction and hear crackling or squeaking, but overall, it’s a painless process.

What are the Benefits of Microsuction?

  • Safety: Microsuction is carried out under direct vision, minimizing the risk of trauma or injury to the delicate ear canal and eardrum.
  • Effectiveness: It effectively removes stubborn earwax without the need for water irrigation.
  • Precision: Your wax specialist can precisely target the wax buildup, ensuring thorough removal.
  • Minimal Discomfort: Most people tolerate microsuction well with little to no discomfort.

Curette: A Manual Approach

What is Curettage?

Curette, also known as ear curettage, involves using a small, spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to scoop out earwax. Here’s why it’s beneficial:

  1. Gentle and Controlled: A specially trained audiologist, doctor or nurse manually removes the wax using the curette, ensuring a gentle and controlled process.
  2. No Water Involved: Like microsuction, curettage is a dry method, avoiding the risks associated with water irrigation.

What are the Benefits of Curettage?

  • Precision: Your wax specialist can feel the wax and remove it with precision.
  • Avoids Water-Related Risks: Unlike syringing, there’s no risk of water getting trapped behind deeply lodged wax, potentially causing an ear infection.
  • Less Trauma: Curettage minimizes trauma to the ear canal.


Both microsuction and curette offer safer and more precise alternatives to traditional syringing. If you’re dealing with earwax buildup, give Hearing Sense a call on 8331 8047 to book in for an appointment with one of our trained specialists!

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