Ear wax is an oily material that is produced by glands within the ear canal. As one of the body's many naturally occurring protective substances, ear wax is incredibly useful to our health and wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy level of ear wax is key - too little and you might succumb to bacterial infections, too much and it can block the ear canal causing temporary hearing loss.
At Bay Audiology, our registered ear nurses and trained clinicians can check your ears for wax. If there's a problem, they can remove the wax using the micro-suction method. During your appointment we look into your ear canal using a microscope or headset and remove ear wax using a suction machine.
Your appointment will include both an ear wax removal and a free hearing check. Having both included in one appointment allows us to remove any build up of ear wax and check your hearing to ensure everything is normal. If the results suggest a hearing loss, a full diagnostic hearing test is recommended to get a full picture of the extent of your hearing loss.
Ear wax is usually harmless, but if you have particularly hard wax or too much compacted in your ear, it can cause some pain and discomfort. You can visit your local Bay Audiology clinic and we can look into your ear and tell you if you if you have wax that needs removing.
You may need micro-suction if:
Selected Bay Audiology clinics offer ear wax removal. Find out which clinics offer this service here. If your local clinic does not offer ear wax removal, our team can recommend where to get these services.