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Ear wax, or cerumen, is the body’s natural means of lubricating your ears and keeping dirt and debris away from the eardrum. This sticky substance can build up in the ear and cause hearing loss. A hearing loss caused by cerumen is 100% treatable.




The symptoms of cerumen impaction are:

  • Ear fullness.
  • Ear pain.
  • You feel something in your ear, especially as you talk or move your jaw.
  • Your hearing aid is squealing or feeding back.
  • You routinely wear hearing aids or earplugs in your ears.

If you believe you, a family member or friend might be experiencing a cerumen impaction, here are some steps to consider:


  • Schedule an appointment to have your ears checked by your audiologist, physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
    People, especially hearing aid and earplug users, should have their ears checked at every audiology or medical visit.
  • Talk with your local pharmacist and consider an over the counter earwax removal solution.
  • People should not use cotton swabs, tools, or ear candling to remove or manage earwax.
    You should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear and never use anything on fire.

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