Visualizing ear wax while attempting to remove it can be difficult. To make the process easier, I enlist the patient’s help. When examining the left ear, I have the patient grasp the ear with the right hand, at about the 2-o’clock position. Conversely, when examining the right ear, I have the patient hold it with the left hand at about the 10-o’clock position. The patient’s grasp on the ear provides gentle outer traction, opening up the canal and leaving me free to hold a light in one hand while I blissfully scoop away with the other.
—— Stephen Dudley, MD