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Cerumen Removal and Management

For many of the audiological tests and procedures it is important to have ear canals free of earwax, technically referred to as cerumen. Excessive cerumen blocking the ear canal can cause hearing loss, itching, irritation, pain, fullness, vertigo or loss of balance, tinnitus, and coughing. Treatment options for removal of impacted cerumen should be individualized treatment decisions based on amount, location, and quality/consistency of the cerumen as well as the individual's health status based on history and otoscopic exam. Treatment options include:

  • Eardrops/cerumenolytics (pharmacological and nonpharmacological)
  • Ear syringe/irrigation
  • Curettage
  • Suction
  • Combination of above treatment options