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How do you clean the ear canal using suction?

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Ear wax removal via suction is performed by an ear, nose and throat specialist, or an otolaryngologist, using a microscope and a small metal tube connected to a suction device. Suction is recommended only in clinical settings, and it should not be performed at home.

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Ear canals blocked with wax, debris or foreign objects may be cleaned with a gentle suction device. A microscope is used to see down the narrow passage toward the ear drum. The advantage of having ear canals manually suctioned is that no chemicals or medications are inserted into the ears, which helps people with diabetes or those with weakened immune systems clean their ears.

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