Earwax, or cerumen in medical terms, can seem unpleasant and annoying when you notice it. But earwax has important roles in ear health. For example, it helps protect the inside of the ear canal and keep it clean.
However, certain situations—including hearing aid usage—can sometimes contribute to excessive accumulations of earwax. Doctors use the term “impacted earwax” to describe accumulations that have reached a point that interferes with hearing or causes other symptoms such as pain, ringing in the ears, a feeling of obstruction or “fullness,” an itching sensation, or drainage from the ear canal.
Our ENT physicians are well versed in preventing and treating impacted earwax, especially with hearing aid patients. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT if you believe you are experiencing issues related to excessive earwax accumulation.