Which equipment is needed for irrigation of the ear in cerumen impaction removal?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: F Carl van Wyk, MB, ChB, MRCS, FRCS(Edin); Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Equipment needed for irrigation of the ear includes the following:

  • Handheld otoscope to evaluate the ear before and after irrigation
  • Lukewarm water (ideally 37 degrees Celsius). Water that is either too hot or cold may induce vertigo (dizziness) due to the stimulation of the semicircular canals.
  • Kidney dishes
  • Absorbent sheeting
  • A pressure-controlled ear irrigation device with various sized attachments. Using a device that does not limit the water pressure greatly increases the risk of causing harm and the old metal syringe-type devices should not be used.

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