Microsuction is a safe, quick, minimally invasive technique to remove ear wax build-up in the ear canal.

Why you might need it

Ear wax build-up can become a problem when it is pushed into the ear canal by objects such as cotton buds in an attempt to clean them. When wax is built up in the ear canal, problems with hearing, pain, and fullness can occur.

The safest way to remove ear wax build-up is to consult a medical professional, with microsuction being one of the quickest, most effective forms of removal. The procedure uses a miniature vacuum cleaner device which gently removes the wax through suction which the consultant can see through a microscope into the ear.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-speciality surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

The procedure

Microsuction is a minimally invasive technique which is usually performed in the consulting room. The procedure involves the use of a microscope to provide a good view of the ear canal and a miniature vacuum cleaner device which gently removes the wax through suction. The procedure typically takes about five minutes.

Microsuction of the middle ear is an extremely safe and comfortable method of cleaning the ear which does not carry the same risk of trauma and infection that is associated with syringing techniques.


Typically, no further action is required after the treatment and patient can resume all normal activity immediately after the procedure.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

You can trust The Montefiore Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’s terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself.

(2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.