Cerumen (Wax) Impaction
What is Wax Impaction
Wax impaction in the ear canal is a very common condition. This can cause hearing loss and irritation and often needs to be removed with regular visits. Some people require cleaning every 6 months. Sometimes hearing aids contribute to wax impaction. Avoidance of Q-tip use is important as this can make the impaction worse.
Furthermore, sometimes using an over the counter wax softener makes the hearing loss worse, as dry wax will become wet and obstruct the canal even more. Use of ear drops can be very helpful, however, prior to a scheduled office visit for wax cleaning when the wax is known from a previous visit to be hard or crusted.
Different methods are used to remove wax. Curettes or suction may be used, in addition to occasionally an extra visit if the cleaning process is too uncomfortable to complete. Drops may be used before the follow up visit. Irrigation is used at some clinics.
For more information and descriptions of wax impaction contact:
Todd A. Schneiderman, MD FACS
215 Union Avenue Suite C
Bridgewater, NJ 08807