Introducing Endoscopic Earwax Removal, A First For Ireland
As part of our commitment to offering cutting edge hearing care we are continually training to make our services better. While we continually train and update our skills with hearing aids, we also undertake clinical training to update our clinical skills. We are committed to adopting new practices if they make sense for our customers. We have decided to introduce endoscopic earwax removal to our centres and we are the first in Ireland to do so. Trevor Cronin underwent training and certification on the process and we will be offering it in Cork, Waterford, Kerry and Limerick.
What is Endoscopic Ear Wax Removal?
Endoscopic ear wax removal is simply a process where ear wax is removed from the ear with the help of an endoscope. The endoscope is used to view the ear canal and ear wax whilst it is being removed with either implements like an ear hook, or gentle suction using a medical suction pump. The process has become known as endoscopic ear suction.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
The procedure is performed using specialist endoscope . An endoscope is an instrument used in medical procedures to look inside the body. In the case of endoscopic wax removal, it is attached to a video monitor for easy viewing. At Audiology Medical Services we are using a specially designed and developed video oto-endoscope for ear wax removal called the ‘iCLEARscope’. The tip of the video oto-endoscope is placed into the ear canal to provide a high-definition (HD) and wide view of the ear canal and ear drum to allow us to remove the earwax.
The procedure would typically take between 15 to 30 minutes to perform. This varies depending on several factors, those factors would be:
- the amount and type of of ear wax
- how deep the ear wax is
- the method of wax removal (manual or suction)
- whether it is being performed on one or two ears treated.
What are the benefits of Endoscopic Earwax Removal?
Unlike other methods of ear wax removal, the professional has a full and direct view of the ear canal while the wax is being removed. This makes the procedure quicker, safer and more comfortable. Other benefits include:
As we said, a much wider view of the ear canal and eardrum compared to a microscope.
There is often no need to apply ear drops to soften the wax, which is the case with ear irrigation. The use of ear drops can help with the process though, it conditions the wax and softens it at the ear canal wall which makes it easier to remove.
There is no liquid used, as is the case with ear irrigation. The procedure is performed dry which eliminates the risk of infection of the ear canal or ear drum.
Unlike wet methods of ear wax removal like irrigation, the procedure can be performed on people with perforated eardrums or grommets, mastoid cavity and cleft palate.
The fact that we can clearly see the ear canal with such a wide view allows us to clearly see what we are doing makes this procedure exceptionally safe. Because there are no liquids involved, it is also especially comfortable.