A to Z: Impacted Cerumenenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about imnpacted earwax build-up, which can cause temporary hearing loss and ear pain.impacted cerumen, cerumen impaction, ear impaction, ear blockage, earwax blockage, impacted earwax, cerumen inspissatum, ear canal, eardrum, ear irrigation, ear candling, hearing loss, earaches, otitis externa, ear infections, CD1Ear, Nose & Throat, CD1Ophthalmology01/11/201304/05/201909/02/20194c7dfdd9-0544-4830-81ec-94f7e9dbc7adhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-impacted-cerumen.html/<p><em>May also be called: Ear Impaction; Ear Blockage; Earwax Blockage; Impacted Earwax; Cerumen Inspissatum</em></p> <p>Impacted cerumen (se-ROO-men) is when <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/">earwax</a> (cerumen) builds up in the ear and blocks the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a> canal; it can cause temporary hearing loss and ear pain.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Earwax is produced by glands in the ear canal, which leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. Earwax helps protect the ear by trapping dust and other foreign particles that could damage the ear. Normally, earwax moves toward the opening of the ear and falls out or is washed away, but some people's ears produce too much wax. The extra wax can build up and harden in the ear canal and become difficult to remove. Earwax also can become impacted when, during ear cleaning, the wax is accidentally pushed deeper into the ear canal.</p> <p>Impacted cerumen can cause earaches, temporary hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), coughing, or a feeling that the ear is full or plugged. It also can increase the risk of an outer <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">ear infection</a>. Impacted cerumen should be removed by a doctor to help avoid damaging the ear. Treatment options include removing the earwax with instruments or by flushing the ear canal with special liquids.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Impacted cerumen may improve on its own, but treatment by a doctor is generally safe and effective. Hearing usually returns completely after the impacted earwax is removed. Trying to remove impacted cerumen at home with a cotton swab or by ear candling is not recommended.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Dealing With EarwaxEarwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/951981fb-6281-41be-8563-200c9d3d6c87
Ear InjuriesEar injuries not only can affect a child's hearing, but sense of balance too. That's because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
Eardrum InjuriesA "popped" eardrum is more than just painful - it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/e40e1551-dc7a-461d-b6ef-94c5c366a477
EarsHearing is their main job, but it's not all your ears do. Find out all about them in this body basics article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ears.html/0e069e5b-afbe-4a02-91fb-cf89eac5a427
Is Earwax Removal Safe?Is it OK to use cotton swabs to remove earwax?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/remove-wax.html/1d6f462b-a1eb-4bef-9b0b-8cd77296a96d
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
Taking Care of Your EarsHow do you take care of your ears? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-care.html/9bc04e54-3fe6-452c-8d9f-989c34ec781e
What Is an Ear Infection?A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c
What's Earwax?Why do our ears make earwax? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/earwax.html/3d67bbd9-cd08-4fda-854f-abff1d1c67a8
What's Hearing Loss?Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear, nerves connected to the ear, or the part of the brain that controls hearing. Someone who has hearing loss may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. To learn more, read this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-impairment.html/9a3276cb-c032-4e30-8c12-a349f4d911f7
Word! TinnitusRing, ring, ring! It's not the phone - it's the word for a ringing sound in the ears.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-tinnitus.html/2f762d2c-9197-4ae8-a2c3-1c95b643d961
Your EarsNow hear this! Here's an article about ears. Find out how your amazing ears do their amazing job.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears.html/0f4e16f5-a934-4961-a1b7-12e8f53619f4