Cerumen, Impacted


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Cerumen, Impacted

 

an accumulation of cerumen (ear-wax) in the external auditory canal of man; it may obstruct the canal. Symptoms of impacted cerumen are impaired hearing, a sensation of noise in the ear, and autophony, a condition in which the patient feels his voice resonating in his ear. Impacted cerumen is generally removed by irrigation; sometimes a special instrument is used.