Microscopic examination and procedures of the ear.

The microscope provides magnification which allows a detailed examination of the ear.  This is sometimes necessary to check the tympanic membrane and middle ear structures.

Sometimes a suction device is used to clear the ear of wax or infection.  This is not a painful procedure but can be very noisy and unsettling for children.  It may be necessary to restrain a child whilst performing the examination (this is achieved by wrapping the child in a blanket or sheet).

When trying to remove a foreign body from the ear it is essential that the child remains still during the procedure to avoid the risk of damage to delicate ear structures. Usually the first attempt is the one most likely to achieve success and a quick procedure with restraint is preferable to a general anaesthetic.