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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is cerumen impaction?

Also known as earwax impaction. It can caused by infections, genetics or ear deformities. In many cases, digging the ears with cotton buds may worsen, rather than improve the condition.

Symptoms of cerumen impaction

  • Hearing difficulty

  • Ringing sounds in the ear, i.e. Tinnitus, on one side only

  • Significant difference in hearing difficulty between my left and right ear

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cerumen impaction

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cerumen impaction

  • Do you have hearing problems?

  • Do you have ringing in one ear only?

  • Do you feel that there is a large difference in your hearing between left and right ear?

Treatment for cerumen impaction

Avoid digging the ears with cotton buds, as this often pushes wax deeper. Olive oil drops can soften the wax, allowing the ear to naturally let wax out. Failing that, a doctor can perform simple procedures such as flushing or suctioning to remove the wax.

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  • Hearing loss

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