Most ear wax succumbs to the well-directed ear currette. When this technique fails because the cerumen is too soft or the ear canal too narrow, one must usually resort to irrigation. The following comments describe an efficient ear syringe that one can quickly assemble when none seems available.

The unit consists of a 10- to 12-cc plastic syringe plus a piece of small plastic tubing. The tubing can be made from any size scalp vein needle set by cutting off the needle about 3 inches from the female connector.

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