Ear Wax: Irrigation Removal

We’re furthering our discussion on how we clean ears.


Typically it’s 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 irrigation.


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 water pics but a significant amount of water pressure in an ear like that can actually cause harm.  There’s plenty of instances where people have had permanent tinnitus or ringing in their ears after that type of application.  We would not recommend that. 


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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