Ear Microsuction Wax Removal - Short course

The Ear Microsuction Wax removal - Short course at Aston University, Birmingham is a three day course designed for a variety of healthcare professionals looking to undertake training in wax removal using wax removal instruments or suction, by viewing the ear under a microscope or using a magnified view through a head loupe.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham


Course type

Part-time, Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


3 days consisting of 2 days pre-course directed study, and 1 day on-campus training with patients in our wax removal clinic supervised by our ENT team

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Key information and fees

Apply: This clinical course is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact us to join our waiting list and we will contact you when courses are available, hopefully from May 2021 onwards.

Credit value: 5 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits

Mode of delivery: Blended learning. 2 days pre-course directed study and 1 day on campus training with patients in our wax removal clinic and supervised by our ENT team.

Course type: Short course

Duration: 3 days

Time commitment: 3 days

Entry requirements: You must be currently working in the UK in the field of Audiology, Medicine or Healthcare (please see course outline for more details).

Fees: £850

Professional accreditation

This course is worth 5 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits.

Course outline

The Ear Microsuction Wax removal - Short Course at Aston may be relevant to a variety of professionals including:

  • Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Clinical Scientists 
  • GPs in Primary or Secondary Care Settings 
  • Practice and District Nurses 
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Occupational Health Nurses 
  • Nurses working in Hospitals and Nursing Homes 
  • Nurse Advisors in Walk-In Centres 
  • Other Healthcare Professionals (Please ask for details of eligibility)

It should be noted that where wax removal is not normal practice for a professional group, appropriate advice and approval from employers should be sought. Wax removal should only be undertaken if your job description/employer accepts this to be part of your duties. Employers must ensure adequate insurance and support/supervision as appropriate to their grade for such individuals.

What will you study?

This course will provide you with training in wax removal using manual instruments and suction under a microscopic or magnified view (head loupe).

Theory topics covered in this module include:

  • Revision of relevant anatomy and pathology
  • Current wax removal processes
  • Pre-treatment care and after-care  
  • Safety considerations  
  • Professional and insurance issues.

Practical training includes:

  • Safe ear examination using otoscopy, microscopy, and magnified vision through a head loupe
  • Safe technique for wax removal using wax removal instruments and suction devices
  • Infection prevention and control.

Learning, teaching and assessment

This course operates according to the British Society of Audiology (2016) Minimum Training Guidelines for Aural Care. It consists of pre-course learning, a practical workshop in the Audiology clinical skills laboratory, development of a skills portfolio during a supervised patient clinic, peer review, a written exam, and assessment of practical competency. Successful completion of the course leads to a competency certificate.

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