Why Do Some People Experience Dizziness During Microsuction?

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Young woman experiences dizziness during microsuction

Your Ears Do More Than Hear

Did you know your ears are not just for hearing? They are also the home for your balance and spatial orientation. 

You may experience dizziness during earwax removal by Microsuction. The vacuum created by Microsuction causes cool air to flow into your ear canal. When the cool air comes into contact with your eardrum, you might feel dizzy as a result.

Your vestibular apparatus provide sensory information about motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation. This temperature drop cools down your vestibular apparatus. Cooling it down may cause temporary dizziness for some people.

Dizziness From Microsuction is Temporary

If dizziness occurs, it usually lasts for a few short minutes. Once the cold air inside the ear canal is warmed up again, the dizzy feeling will subside.

If you feel dizziness during or after Microsuction, tell your Ear Nurse and listen to their instruction. It’s best not to stand up too quickly in case you lose your balance.

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3 Responses

  1. i have had ear suction in both ears today .and felt dizzy and sickly is this normal thanx

    1. Hello Collette,

      Yes, it is completely normal to feel dizzy temporarily and that, in turn, can make you feel a little nauseous. If those symptoms persist please contact your Ear Nurse or General Practitioner, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

      All the best,
      Marcus

    2. Also, Colette please ensure that you inform the nurse on your next visit, asking for earwax removal with our micro tools instead of microsuction if possible. I have some clients who have experienced dizziness and ask that no products are used to soften the earwax which makes removal manageable with micro tools and magnification alone. This should prevent dizziness if easily prone.

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