Ear Irrigation

Removal of foreign material from ear, safely and quickly.

Ear irrigation is a simple procedure for removing foreign materials or excess earwax from the ear. The medical term for earwax is Cerumen. When there is excess or hardened cerumen in the ear, or a foreign material, the results can be quite painful. You may experience the symptoms below in varying degrees.

Signs and Symptoms – You May Need a Bilateral Ear Irrigation:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Hearing Loss
  • Ear Itching/Pain
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear

If there is a foreign material in your ear, such as an insect or food, you will want to have the item removed safely and quickly before it can cause damage to the canal or move deeper into the ear. It is best to have a professional physician perform a proper bilateral ear irrigation to minimize the risk of damage. Attempting to remove the foreign material on your own will most likely cause further damage and pain, worsening any previous symptoms. The physicians of Suntree Internal Medicine are experienced in a wide variety of procedures, from simple to complex, this includes bilateral ear irrigations. Removing excess earwax safely minimizes the risk of damage to the ear, since the buildup can cause damage to the canal and eardrum over time, permanently affecting your hearing. Ear irrigation is a simple and safe procedure, that can be done relatively quickly depending on the foreign material in the ear.

Many people believe that cotton swabs (Q-Tips) and even hairpins and paperclips can be used to clean the wax out of their ears, this believe is simply not true. Whenever you stick a foreign object inside your ear you run the risk of pushing the earwax or foreign material deeper into your ear canal which can damage your ear drum or the ear canal itself. Also, you may think you have excess earwax buildup and that is what is causing the painful symptoms you are experiencing, however, its hard to know exactly what is causing the pain since you cannot see deep into your ear like a physician can. Excess earwax may not even be the ‘culprit’ and you may be experiencing symptoms of another medical condition that involves your ear an requires medical attention. Our physicians are here to help you hear.

If you are experiencing ear pain or any of the other signs and symptoms listed above, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of the physicians in our office.