Micro-suction is the term used for cleaning ear canals under the magnified view of a surgical microscope and a tiny vacuum cleaner and/or tiny instruments.
The client lies on a bed, our Ear Nurse Therapists gently hold the ear canal entrance open (sometimes they use a plastic funnel to gain the best view). The microscope is then focused into the ear canal entrance. When we use the suction/instruments, clients often say: “this is weird”; they will tell us “it’s a bit noisy” and “it tickles”.
Because we can see so well with the magnified vision, we can remove wax/debris without touching the ear canal walls – hence, a comfortable, safe procedure. The magnified views allow the Ear Nurse Therapist to assess the ear canal and ear drum to make a diagnosis.