This is the removal of wax from the ear canal using a small instrument or suction device.
The outer ear canal is lined with hair follicles and glands that produce a wax called cerumen. These hairs and wax protect the eardrum by:
Earwax also moistens the ear canal, keeping it from becoming dry and irritated.
The amount and quality of wax produced in the ear differs from person to person. Some people have moist, sticky wax. Others have dry, crumbly wax. Normally, the ear canal is self-cleaning.
Impacted cerumen is when earwax clumps together and blocks the ear canal.
Other factors that may lead to a wax buildup include:
If you have a wax blockage in your ear, it can cause:
If you have symptoms of impacted earwax, contact your healthcare provider. He or she will make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, medical history and an ear exam.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having ear wax removed?
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