Hearing and Balance Center
How to use eardrops
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- If the eardrops are cold, warm the bottle between your hands for a few minutes.
- Gently shake the bottle.
- Take the lid off or carefully remove the dropper from the bottle. Don’t let the dropper touch anything.
- Turn your head so your ear is facing the ceiling. This is easiest if you lie down.
- Gently pull your earlobe up and back.
- Squeeze the dropper gently and put the correct number of drops into your ear.
- If drops spill onto your skin, wipe them away with a clean tissue.
- Keep your head still, facing the ceiling, for 5 minutes.
- Put slight pressure on the front of your ear to “pump” the drops in.
- Put the lid on the bottle or replace the dropper.
- Follow the directions located on the label exactly.
- You do not need to wake up during the night to use your eardrops unless your doctor specifically tells you to do so.
- Take your eardrops with you when you go out and continue to use as you would at home.
- Bring your eardrops to your appointments and ask your doctor for instructions about future use.
- If you’re running low on eardrops, call your doctor’s office and request a refill.
- You may feel a slight stinging or burning when you first use your eardrops. This is normal. If your ears become red, swollen or itchy, contact your doctor.
- Avoid getting soap or water in your ear while treating an ear problem. Place a piece of cotton covered with petroleum jelly outside the ear canal when showering or washing your hair.
- You may find it’s easier to have someone put your eardrops in for you.