Benefits of Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Before Flying

We’ve all heard of ear wax and ear wax removal- most of us have seen our own ear wax  at some point. We know it as the yellowy, brown substance – not too appealing to look at and perhaps even a source of embarrassment if it becomes visible! However,  this yellowy substance has more to it than meets the eye. We’re going to delve a little deeper to find out more about ear wax itself, how it builds up and complications from that, ear wax removal, and the benefits of microsuction ear wax removal before flying.

What is Ear Wax?


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Ear wax, otherwise known as cerumen, is a natural secretion that is produced by the glands in the skin that lines your ear canals. It acts to keep your ear canals lubricated and protects the ear against infection by trapping dust and bacteria. These trapped irritants are then pushed towards the ear opening to be ejected. And that yellow substance? It actually supports an antibacterial enzyme called lysozyme, as well as fatty acids, cholesterol and squalene, which all combine to maintain a healthy ear canal. In essence, ear wax is the most effective cleaning system for your ears.

Despite this, we still tend to get irritated by its presence and appearance, and often end up wondering how to remove ear wax. It is important to stress that if wax isn’t causing you any problems, it is best left alone as it will clear naturally, as described earlier.

On the other hand, some individuals do produce excessive ear wax, or ear wax that is too dry, and others have narrow ear canals. This is why our ear canals can get clogged and stop functioning correctly. The most common symptoms of blocked ears due to ear wax are:

  • Partial loss of hearing/dulled hearing
  • Itching
  • Ringing
  • Pain
  • Feeling of fullness

Wax accumulation can also cause blocked ears when flying, as it adds to the additional ear pressure we feel due to altitude. Consequently, our ears find it hard to equalize, causing pain and discomfort in the middle ear where the effects of pressure are felt the most during the ascent and descent of planes. So, how do we combat this complication to ensure smooth air travel and a holiday that isn’t restricted due to ear health issues? Our experts recommend ear wax removal before flying, but the question is finding the best method to do so safely and effectively.

How to Remove Ear Wax


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It is a common misconception that the quickest and most effective method to remove ear wax is by using cotton-buds. This is actually one of the worst culprits for wax blockage, as well as any other objects that quite literally put a plug in our ears and push the wax deeper, like ear phones, or even hair pins! The motion used with cotton buds also strips our ear canals of their natural oils, causing it to feel itchy and removing the extra barrier that protects us from water entering our ears during swimming or showering.

Ear wax removal isn’t supposed to be a DIY job. We cannot stress the importance of getting it removed by a trained professional to avoid long term damage to your ears. One of the safest and most highly recommended methods for this is microsuction ear wax removal.

Microsuction Ear Wax Removal


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Microsuction is a safe, quick and painless method of removing a  build-up of ear wax in the ear canals using a medical suction pump, suction wand and an ear endoscope to enable observation by the practitioner. This sterile vacuum breaks down and removes the ear wax very gently from the canals. This method was traditionally only used in hospitals or ENT clinics; however, it has now become more widely available as a service in private ear clinics. Microsuctioning is considered to be the safest and fastest method of ear wax removal by far, leaving you with clean ear canals before any air travel.

Ear Microsuctioning London

London Hearing Specialist is proud to be one of the leading clinics to provide microsuctioning in London. Our principal audiologist, Anshul Morjaria has had specialist training in microsuction ear wax removal, ensuring that patients feel comfortable on arrival by removing any apprehension about the procedure, and leave happy, with fully restored hearing. The accounts of satisfied patients speak for themselves, simply click here to read them:

Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether you need microsuctioning before flying- we’ll give you a free ear wax removal consultation to advise you whether it will be necessary before your travels and answer any queries before you commit to having the procedure done. As an added bonus, we’ll also give you a free hearing check on the same day that you come to have microsuction ear wax removal.


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If you urgently need a microsuctioning appointment in London before flying away on holiday this summer, we will always endeavour to book you into our clinic as soon as possible. Simply contact our friendly team on 0203 962 1340, or feel free to request an appointment online by clicking here. One of our experts will then get in touch with you to discuss your appointment in further detail and arrange a suitable time at your convenience.

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