Cerumen Impaction

A cerumen impaction is when the wax in your ear forms a plug. This plug usually causes reduced hearing. Sometimes it also causes an earache or dizziness. Removing a cerumen impaction can be difficult and painful. The wax sticks to the ear canal. The canal is sensitive and bleeds easily. If you try to remove a heavy wax buildup with a cotton tipped swab, you may push it in further.

Irrigation with water, suction, and small ear curettes may be used to clear out the wax. If the impaction is fixed to the skin in the ear canal, ear drops may be needed for a few days to loosen the wax. People who build up a lot of wax frequently can use ear wax removal products available in your local drugstore.


You develop an earache, increased hearing loss, or marked dizziness.