Wax removal by injecting water

Wax removal by injecting water

The ear canal comprises of cartilage and bones covered by skin. Earwax is produced within the cartilaginous portion. This earwax usually comes out with skin epithelial tissues. In some people, however, the wax collects within. When you attempt to remove the wax using cotton buds, the wax may get pushed further inside in the direction of the tympanic membrane (ear drum), aggravating hearing loss.

 

Ear syringing

Ear syringing

Ear syringe is filled with water at body temperature. Patient is covered with a mackintosh to protect clothing. Soft wax can be syringed out under direct vision by an experienced nurse or a doctor. After the procedure ear is dry mopped with a wick. Ear drum is visualized with an otoscope to exclude any damage.This procedure is not done if patient has a perforated ear drum.Direct suction under a good light is safer than syringing.

 

Wax impaction by Cotton-bud

Wax impaction by Cotton-bud

The ear canal comprises of cartilage and bones covered by skin. Earwax is produced within the cartilaginous portion. This earwax usually comes out with skin epithelial tissues. In some people, however, the wax collects within.

When you attempt to remove the wax using cotton buds, the wax may get pushed further inside in the direction of the tympanic membrane (ear drum), aggravating hearing loss.If you push too hard ear drum may get damaged.

cotton bud injury

cotton bud injury

This picture shows a blue color cotton bud piercing the ear drum and entering the middle ear,when someone accidentally hit you hand when you are cleaning your ear with a cotton bud. Small ossicles in the middle ear are also displayed. Cotton bud is a hard plastic cylinder covered with a piece of cotton. It is not flexible. Therefore it should never be used to cleand your ears. REMEMBER! NOTHING SMALLER THAN THE ELBOW IN YOUR EAR.

How to hold a baby for ENT examination

How to hold a baby for ENT examinationDuring ENT examination mother has to hold the baby tight by keeping legs in between mothers legs , securing the head with one hand and holding the arms with the other. Wrapping the baby with a bed sheet keeping the head exposed is another method to prevent movement during examination.

examination of ear with Otoscope

examination of ear with OtoscopeWhen a doctor wants to visualize the ear drum,he has to use an otoscope. It magnifies the view.With the nozzle like speculum, one can go very close to the ear drum.Flashing a torch over the ear does not give much information about the condition of the ear.

Otoscope

OtoscopeWhen a doctor wants to visualize the ear drum,he has to use an otoscope. It magnifies the view.With the nozzle like speculum, one can go very close to the ear drum.Flashing a torch over the ear does not give much information about the condition of the ear. If your doctor prescribes medication to your ear condition without using an otoscope to visualize the drum, it is better to take second opinion from a doctor who regularly uses an otoscope before you take that medicine.

infected sinus

infected sinus

This picture depicts an infected congenital sinus in front of the ear.

 The formation of the outer ear occurs during the embryonic period in the womb. It is caused by the fixation of six pieces. A hole could remain in front of the ear due to a defect in the process. There is a sac under this hole covered with skin. Secretion may collect inside the sac.

deformed ear at birth(without ear canal).jpg

deformed ear at birth(without ear canal).jpgThis picture depicts a congenitally malformed ear without an ear canal.This problem could be unilateral or bilateral.Although the outer ear is malformed the inner ear which contains nerve cells for hearing is spared in this condition.Therefore hearing is not severely impaired.

Deformed ear at birth

Deformed ear at birth

This picture depicts a congenitally malformed ear.

This problem could be unilateral or bilateral.Usually hearing is not impaired.If an impairment is suspected,hearing assesment can be done at very early age to provide hearing aids.

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