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Impacted Cerumen in Long Island, NY

Cerumen, more commonly known as “ear wax,” is produced by your body to protect your ears. Under normal circumstances, your body can remove excess wax on its own, but cerumen may remain inside the ear canal and cause problems. For children and adults in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York, Eunice E. Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology), offers diagnostic and treatment services for impacted cerumen which is a buildup of ear wax.

What is Impacted Cerumen?

Cerumen, or “ear wax,” is a natural substance that protects your ears from bacteria and keeps the ears lubricated. Excess cerumen is removed when you move your jaw, such as when you chew food. In some cases, this natural movement does not remove the cerumen, and you may develop impacted ear wax that is trapped inside the ear canal. This blocks the ear canal and may cause complications.

Impacted cerumen is most common amongst people who:

  • Inadvertently push earwax further into the ear when using cotton swabs
  • Use earplugs or hearing aids that fit inside the ears
  • Are older patients
  • Are patients with abnormal shape to the ear canal that traps the ear wax
  • Are patients with limited ability to perform daily self-care due to medical conditions or disabilities

Benefits of Treatment for Impacted Cerumen

Treatment for impacted cerumen clears the ear canal and helps resolve any complications, such as problems with balance or infections.

Am I a Candidate for Impacted Cerumen Treatment?

Understanding the symptoms of impacted cerumen helps you know when to schedule an appointment with Dr. Park for an evaluation and possible treatment. The most common signs of impacted cerumen are:

  • Problems hearing, where sounds may be muffled
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing of the ears
  • Discharge or odor from the ears
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Itching in the ear canal

What to Expect from Impacted Cerumen Treatment

Dr. Park uses a special scope to look inside your ear canal. If you have impacted cerumen, she may use one of many methods to remove the excess ear wax.

  • Cleaning the outside of the ear with a sterile, moist cloth
  • Using special medications that dissolve excess ear wax
  • Using irrigation to flush the wax out of the ear
  • Using special tools to remove the impacted cerumen

Dr. Park may also recommend at-home care and lifestyle changes to prevent impacted cerumen from reoccurring.

How Much Does Treatment for Impacted Cerumen Cost in Long Island, NY?

Treatment for impacted cerumen, or excess ear wax, may be covered by your medical insurance. We provide an estimated out-of-pocket cost, but this may vary based on the determination by your insurance carrier. For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, checks, and major credit cards.

Impacted cerumen, or excess ear wax, can lead to complications, so we recommend you meet with Dr. Eunice E. Park, an ENT specialist, for a consultation. If you live in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York and have symptoms of impacted cerumen, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.