Ear wax which is medically termed impacted cerumen is a build up of wax in the auditory canal. This can cause discomfort and affected hearing and is most common in children and older people.
Symptoms of impacted cerumen
The ear will be bunged up with excess wax. The patient may feel discomfort in the ear and have a loss of hearing. Dizziness and tinnitus which is a ringing in the ears may be experienced.
Treatment for ear wax
Impacted cerumen is diagnosed by looking in the ear with an otoscope. Dry, hard wax can be seen within the auditory canal. Several methods may be used to treat the condition.
Irrigation of the ear is where the ear is flushed out. Wax can be removed with forceps and suction. The hard wax may be softened with olive oil or sodium bicarbonate. Once the was is softened, the ear may be syringed.