Medical Definition of Ear cleaning

1. When so much wax accumulates that it blocks the ear canal (and hearing), your physician may have to wash it out, vacuum it, or remove it with special instruments. Alternatively, your physician may prescribe ear drops what are designed to soften the wax (such as Cerumenex). Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! Wax is not formed in the deep part of the ear canal near the eardrum, but only in the outer part of the canal. So when a patient has wax pushed up against the eardrum, it is often because he has been probing his ear with such things as cotton-tipped swabs (such as Q-Tips), bobby pins, or twisted napkin corners. Such objects only serve as ramrods to push the wax in deeper. Also, the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum is very thin, fragile and easily injured. The ear canal is more prone to infection after it has been whipped clean of the good coating type wax. In addition, we have seen many perforated eardrums as a result of these efforts. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ear Cleaning

ear bones
ear bud
ear buds
ear canal
ear canals
ear candle
ear candles
ear candling
ear candy
ear cartilages
ear cleaning (current term)
ear cockle
ear crystals
ear cyst
ear dagger
ear daggers
ear diseases
ear doctor
ear finger
ear fungus
ear hole
ear lobe
ear lobe crease
ear lobes
ear mange

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