Ear Irrigation

There are various ways how to clean ears. We’ve discussed other methods in our previous blogs, and for this blog, we are going to talk about earwax removal through ear irrigation.  

How is ear irrigation done?


Ear irrigation is typically done with suction.  That’s the easiest and the least amount of mess.  But sometimes we get ears with years worth of debris in there and ones that are really impacted, almost down to the eardrum.  In that case, we use a form of ear irrigation.

Is it safe to perform ear irrigation on your own?


Some people have tried to irrigate their own ears with water, but we really do not advise that for a couple of reasons. I’ve heard people use something like a WaterPik. However, ear irrigation really needs to be performed by a professional because a significant amount of water pressure in an ear can actually cause harm.  


There are plenty of instances where people have had permanent tinnitus or ringing in their ears after that type of application.  We would not recommend that. 


Ear Irrigation at HearCare Audiology, Fort Wayne IN


Come and see a professional to have your ear irrigated. We have a machine here that’s specifically designed for cleaning the ears. It has just the right amount of pressure to not cause any damage, and it actually heats up the water temperature to a safe degree, a safe temperature.  If it’s not the right temperature it can make you really vertiginous or dizzy.


So in this case we would set the patient here. This procedure is a little bit messier because we’re talking water, so we would obviously cover you up to make sure that you’re dry and comfortable. We need to have good vision and good lighting.  Then we would take our medical-grade water gun to flush that wax out of the ear.


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