What are the limitations and the side effects of Microsuction?

At this stage there is no serious reported incidents following Microsuction, which means that the method is safe an there is no significant side effects. Furthermore, there are no any incidents of ear drum perforations, hearing loss  as reported for syringing. In some cases we had patients with extremely hard/immobile ear wax and need softening ear drops before any Microsuction attempts.

As a fact, Microsuction can be used even in the presence of Tympanic perforation ( eardrum perforations), grommets insertions ( tiny tubes, which are inserted into the eardrum), cholesteatoma ( abnormal, noncancerous skin growth that can develop in the middle section of your ear, behind the eardrum), mastoid surgeries (surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells), being the only safe method to  remove ear wax, debris. Microsuction is indicated in Otitis Externa ( inflammation of the external ear canal), in order to remove the discharge from the external ear canal so the ABx drops can work. Important to note that complications are vastly reduced in comparison with ear irrigation/syringing.

Minor bruising or grazing can appear however those a very rare cases.

Microsuction will restore the hearing to whatever level it was before the ear wax blockage. If there still a struggle with the hearing the this may be caused by:

  • Sudden hearing loss in 1 ear may be due to a ear infection, a perforated (burst) eardrum or Ménière’s disease.
  • Sudden hearing loss in both ears may be due to damage from a very loud noise, or taking certain medicines that can affect hearing.
  • Gradual hearing loss in 1 ear may be due to something inside the ear, such as fluid (glue ear), a bony growth (otosclerosis) or a build-up of skin cells (cholesteatoma)
  • Gradual hearing loss in both ears is usually caused by ageing or exposure to loud noises over many years.

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