Otoscopy Ear Examination
Otoscopy is a procedure used to examine the ear.
Visual inspection the outer part of the ear for any marks or deformities, considering the size and texture for the use of a potential hearing aid.
Using an otoscope (lens with a light), observing the ear for any signs of excessive ear wax, foreign debris, redness, or bumps inside the ear canals, then look further to inspect the eardrum (Tympanic Membrane). The eardrum should be clear and bright with no perforation in the eardrum or cloudiness.
Ear Wax Ear Examination
Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a brownish, yellowish, reddish substance secreted by the ear canal. Ear wax is healthy. It protects inside your ears from infections, dirt, bugs, or other foreign particles that are not welcome. Removing ear wax puts you at a higher risk for infection and bacteria causing chronic itching.
What About Q-Tips? Not Recommended For Ears
Ear wax is removed naturally by your body. The use of Q-tip can push wax further into your ear as well as remove all the good bacteria that protects your ears.
Professional Ear Wax Removal
Removal of ear wax by a professional is someone who has qualifications and has the proper equipment. A professional will remove wax manually with a curette, irrigation (Water), and suction (vacuum pump). Sometimes professionals will recommend softening ear wax with oil before attempting these procedures.
There are over-the-counter products that are effective for softening ear wax, but for those who don’t want to spend the money, you can use mineral oil or any natural oil or peroxide.
**If you have any history of infections or perforation in your eardrum, do not use any products in your ear without consulting your family physician.