Ear Irrigation

Ear Irrigation - Cerumen Impaction (Ear Irrigation)


It is not at all uncommon for my patients to experience a buildup of ear wax, which can not only affect their ability to hear, but also can cause extreme pain. While minor cases of ear wax buildup can be treated at home through a simple over-the-counter irrigation procedure, it is much safer to come into our office to have ear wax removed. (Note: We caution against the use of cotton swabs, which can force the wax further into the ear canal.) It is especially important to come into our office, as soon as possible, if you experience pain, fever, or drainage. Normally, hearing loss is temporary, but our office also provides

Pre / Post Operative Instructions for Cerumen Impaction

Irrigation of the Ear with Vinegar or Betadine

  • Dr. Daube has indicated that he wishes you to irrigate the ear canal for treatment of your ear infection.
  • PRECAUTIONS: on rare occasions, treatment may cause itching, burning, or increase in ear discharge. Should these symptoms develop after the first few applications of the solution, please discontinue treatment and contact our office.
  • Discontinue all treatment to the ear 24 hours prior to your next office visit.
  • Do not allow soap or water to enter the ear canal. When showering or washing your hair, place cotton or l ambswool in the opening of the ear and cover the outside of the material with Vaseline.

Preparation of Irrigation Solution

  • Prepare a solution of: white vinegar and Betadine mixed 1:1
  • Use an ear syringe to treat your ear(s) 3 times a day.

Syringe Procedure

  • Purchase a 2 oz-rubber ear syringe and a small kidney-shaped basin from your pharmacist.
  • Fill the syringe with the solution.
  • Holding the kidney-shaped basin firmly under the ear, irrigate the ear canal using gentle pressure. Do not block the ear opening with the tip of the syringe.
  • Repeat the procedure until the returning solution is clear. (Mild dizziness may occur; this may be avoided by warming the solution to body temperature).