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Earwax impaction

What is earwax impaction

Earwax impaction occurs when cerumen accumulates in your ear and becomes too hard to wash away causing an .earwax blockage. Earwax is a natural part of your body's defenses. It protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. It's not known why some people experience earwax impaction or why earwax blockage often occurs in only one ear. If earwax impaction becomes a problem, you need to see a doctor.

Earwax impaction happens when people use items like cotton swabs or bobby pins to clean their ears. This only pushes the earwax into the ears and can cause injury to the ear.

Earwax impaction symptoms

When you have earwax impaction you may have the following symptoms:

Earwax impaction diagnosis

Your doctor can look into your ears with an otoscope, to see if ear wax impaction is present.

Earwax impaction treatment

How is cerumen impaction treated? Earwax removal can happen in a few ways

If left untreated ear wax impaction symptoms may become worse. These symptoms might include hearing loss, ear irritation, etc.

Earwax impaction children

Cerumen impaction is present in 10 percent of children, 5 percent of normal healthy adults, up to 57 percent of older patients in nursing homes and 36 percent of patients with mental retardation.

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