Removal of Foreign Body //
Children love to put all manner of objects into their ears and sometimes these items do not want to come out! It can be small toys, food or any other small object. This can cause inflammation in the ear canal and become sore and may block the canal, impacting on hearing.
At the Primary Care Ear Clinic we have a powerful microscope which allows us to see the object and we can use either microsuction or micro forceps to gently remove the object. We do not need a referral and will try and accommodate children in the next available clinic. If the object is a button battery, then you should attend your local Emergency Department as soon as possible.
Interestingly, it is not always children who have objects in their ear canals! It is not uncommon to find sand, cotton wool (from a cotton bud) or a hearing aid component in adults' ears too!