What is it?

We say that earwax is impacted when it has built up in the ear canal to such a point that there may be signs that something isn’t quite right. It’s important to note that most people might never need to clean their ears. Ears are designed to clean themselves. Earwax buildup and blockage often happens when people use items like cotton swabs or bobby pins to try to clean their ears. This only pushes the earwax farther into the ears and can also cause injury to the ear.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Earwax Impaction

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of this condition include:
* A feeling of fullness in the ear.
* Pain in the ear.
* Difficulty hearing, which may continue to worsen.
* Ringing in the ear (tinnitus).
* A feeling of itchiness in the ear.
* Discharge or odor coming from the ear.
* Dizziness.


Your healthcare provider can look into your ears with a special instrument, called an otoscope, to see if earwax buildup is present.


your healthcare provider can remove the wax manually using special instruments. The provider might use a cerumen spoon, forceps, or suction device.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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