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What is Earwax Blockage?

Description of the disease

Earwax blockage, or cerumen impaction, is a condition characterized by the accumulation of earwax in the ear canal.


  • Congenital earwax blockage
  • Acquired earwax blockage


  • Decreased hearing
  • Pain and itching in the ear
  • Discharge of earwax from the ear


The causes of earwax blockage may be related to improper ear hygiene, excessive production of earwax, or anatomical features of the ear canal.


Diagnosis includes examination by an otolaryngologist, audiometry, and retrospective facial studies.


Treatment of earwax blockage includes mechanical removal of the blockage, ear irrigation with special solutions, or the use of softening oils.


Prevention includes proper ear hygiene, avoiding cleaning the ears with cotton swabs, and regular ear cleansing with special drops.


For the treatment of earwax blockage, it is important to consult an otolaryngologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.