Irrigation

Irrigation uses a gentle, regulated stream of water to dislodge wax blockages. A basin is held under the ear to catch the expelled wax and water.

Advantages & Disadvantages

  • Quick, effective, gentle & safe
  • Better for soft wax especially if softening drops have been overused
  • Less noisy than microsuction
  • Cannot be used if you have a perforated ear drum
  • Should not be used if you have an active infection
  • Ear drops must be used for at least 7 days prior to treatment
  • Cannot be used if you have a mastoid cavity
  • Should not be used if there are any open abrasions to the ear canal
  • No microscope used therefore no direct view of ear canal