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What are the Ways to Remove Ear Wax Blockage?

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

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Have a blocked ear canal? Scared of the thought of using a cotton bud/Q tip to try to remove the wax?

Ear wax buildup is pretty gross, and excess earwax can actually obstruct the ear canal if not removed properly. This is especially true if you frequently insert objects into your ear canal, like earplugs, earphones or hearing aids.

But don't reach for those cotton swabs again!

The use of cotton buds or q tips in ear cleaning can actually cause more harm than good. For instance, it can cause :

  • Earwax impaction: Earwax blockage in your ears

  • Injury to ear structures, especially eardrums

  • Ear infections

  • Trapping foreign bodies in ears

cerumen impaction

Visit us at PTanFMC, for a consultation with our professional doctors with years of experience in ear wax removal in Singapore.

Wondering how we remove earwax buildup safely?

Keep on reading to find out!

What Is Ear Wax Removal?

Ear wax removal refers to ear cleaning services that prevent the following issues:

  • Pain/earache

  • An unwanted ear infection

  • Earwax and dead skin cells build-up

  • Complications linked to the ear, nose and throat (coughs, sinusitis, etc.)

  • Vertigo

  • Tinnitus (persistent ringing in your ears)

Earwax buildup is an extremely common issue faced by people in Singapore.

When people experience ear pain and discomfort stemming from earwax, they may seek short-term remedies like ear candles or at-home ear irrigation.

However, without proper earwax removal, the earwax buildup will only get worse and may lead to complications.

Despite its popularity, ear candling is a cleaning procedure that does not work.

Ear candling comes with the following risks:

  • Potentially burning your skin/hair and especially your ears

  • Not properly removing the earwax buildup

  • Ear candling wax deposits remaining in your ears

  • Mid-ear or deeper infections in your ear canal

  • Ear blockage caused by candle wax

  • Hearing loss caused by candle wax

  • Persistent ear infection caused by candle wax

Cleaning ear canals is tricky without professional medical skills.

Our doctors at PTanFM clinic are well-versed with the different procedures for earwax removal.

What is an earwax removal procedure?

Earwax removal is not an easy task, however, in the hands of a PTanFMC's GP, we can remove all ear blockages.

While there are varied methods to professionally remove earwax, read on more to find out what PTanFMC offers:

Ear Syringing

This procedure refers to spraying water into your ear using a syringe as an earwax removal method.

soften earwax

This is exceptionally useful for those who frequently use a cotton bud to clean earwax.

Unfortunately, using a cotton bud (or a Q-tip) for earwax removal pushes ear wax deeper into your ear canal.

So, earwax softeners are first prescribed by our GP before ear syringing.

Earwax removal through an ear syringe is completely safe. You will not experience a hearing loss with water in your ears, don't worry.


Micro-suction is a common procedure that every patient with earwax problems will benefit from.

Ear wax removal for a patient through ear microsuction

The procedure will include an ear microscope guidance camera to show patients the earwax during your ear micro-suction procedure.

In fact, some patients expressed how satisfying it looks to remove earwax from the ear canal!

We understand that your ear canals are highly sensitive but rest assured that you will not feel discomfort or ear pain from this experience.

Using micro-suction for ear cleaning services is highly recommended by any ENT specialist because it is quick, minimally invasive, and with a significantly lower risk for ear infections!

For more information, book an appointment with us.

Ear cleaning services and prices:

Ear syringing per ear: $35

Ear syringing (both ears): $60

Ear micro-suction: *prices subjected to ENT specialist referral

Important notice:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, please exercise caution and postpone your earwax removal appointment :

  • Fever

  • Dry cough

  • Fatigue

  • Body aches and pain

  • Sore throat

  • Diarrhoea

  • Headache

  • Loss of smell/taste

  • Breathing difficulties/shortness of breath

  • Chest pain (pressure in your chest)

Combinations of symptoms may vary from individual to individual.

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