Small boils, or furuncles, sometimes form in the walls of the auditory canal, giving rise to impairment of hearing. They seldom occasion roaring in the ears, which is a symptom met with in nearly all other diseases of the ear.

The Treatment of Abscesses in the Auditory Canal

Apply hot fomentations and the hot ear douche, and lance as soon as possible, continuing the hot douche afterward as before. The vapor douche is an excellent means of treatment when it can be employed A cotton plug saturated with glycerine and placed in the ear will often give great relief. The ear should be carefully protected from cold air, especially when out of doors. Attention should also be given to the general health, which is always more or less impaired in these cases.