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May 1943

A NEW METHOD FOR REMOVING WAX FROM THE EAR

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(5):722-723. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030736013

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Abstract

A fairly efficient method of removing wax from the ear is the use of a metal suction tip with strong negative pressure; up to 25 pounds (11.3 Kg.) of suction may be required. A no. 1 silver eustachian catheter can easily be converted into such a tip, although a smaller tube is preferable. The figure shows the type I use. This was made by a surgical instrument company in Boston, at a cost of $1. An ordinary suction machine with a gage to regulate the negative pressure up to 30 pounds (13.6 Kg.) is desirable, but not essential.

Possible injury to the drum is so easily avoided by gentleness and mechanical skill at the fundus of the canal as to be of academic interest only.

Cerumen in the external auditory canal offers such a simple problem in therapeutics as to arouse only mild interest among ear specialists. However, general practitioners

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