Also known as: ear wax impaction, impacted ear wax.
What is cerumen impaction?
Cerumen impaction is a condition in which ear wax within the ear canal becomes impacted.
What causes cerumen impaction?
Normally, the ears naturally clean themselves. The use of cotton swabs or other items to clean the ears can push earwax down into the ear canal and cause cerumen impaction. Other risk factors for cerumen impaction include hearing aid and ear plug use. Ear canals that have an unusual shape can also increase the risk of cerumen impaction.
What are the symptoms of cerumen impaction?
Cerumen impaction can cause a variety of ear related symptoms including pain, hearing problems, infection, dizziness and ringing (tinnitus).
What are cerumen impaction care options?
Mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, and other types of drops can be used in the ear to dissolve and help prevent the buildup of ear wax. In some cases, the wax needs to be physically removed with special instruments by a healthcare provider.
Reviewed by: Sandeep P Dave, M.D.
This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:10:19 PM
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Dr. Davé is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He is chief of the PSA Section of Otolaryngology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davé sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.