Ear wax removal

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Ear wax removal

Excessive or impacted ear wax affects nearly one in ten people causing hearing loss, pain, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), itching, discharge and other issues.

It can be caused by:

  • Narrow, hairy or curved ear canals
  • Wearing hearing aids, ear plugs or ear bud headphones
  • Water sports or working in dusty environments
  • Using cotton buds or other objects in the ear

We offer ear wax removal by registered nurses who are qualified in the same gentle, effective and dry ear microsuction process used by Ear Nose & Throat specialists. Unlike ear syringing, which can cause infection or even damage to the eardrum, the procedure is very safe, even for people with perforated ear drums.

For people with complex ear problems and/or under the care of an ENT specialist, we recommend checking with your doctor prior to booking an appointment. We also do not provide this service to children under 12 years old.

If you have a perforated ear drum, wax softening drops are not recommended. If you do not have a perforated ear drum, wax softening drops are optional. We recommend Chemist grade olive oil or a product like Waxsol for 1-2 days prior to the procedure. Ideally you should lie on your side for five minutes after putting in the drops.

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Ear microsuctioning takes 15-30 minutes per ear and our fees are:

Standard Fee

Healthcare cardholder

One ear

$90

$80

Second ear

$50

$40

Unfortunately no rebate is available.

If no wax removal is required, we charge a minimum assessment fee of $20.

Health professionals providing these services

Aaron and Kirsty

Aaron and Kirsty

Registered Nurses trained in ear microsuction

Aaron Ponton is an experienced Registered Nurse with training in paramedicine. A member of the Ochre Sippy Downs team for over 5 years, Aaron has also completed additional specialised training in ear health and microsuctioning.

Kirsty Knowland is a Registered Nurse with a broad range of experience across both hospital and general practice settings. She spent 14 years working in the hospital system as a nurse and midwife, then 16 years working in general practice. She has recently undertaken additional specialised training in ear health and microsuctioning due to an increasing demand for ear health services, in part due to the ever-growing popularity of water sports on the Sunshine Coast.