Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)

Authoring Organization

Endorsing Organizations

Publication Month/Year

January 1, 2017

Last Updated Month/Year

August 2, 2023

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

The primary purpose of this guideline is to help clinicians identify patients with cerumen impaction who may benefit from intervention and to promote evidence-based management. Another purpose of the guideline is to highlight needs and management options in special populations or in patients who have modifying factors.

Target Patient Population

Children and adults with cerumen impaction

Target Provider Population

All clinicians who are likely to diagnose and manage patients with cerumen impaction

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Childcare center, Long term care, School

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Diagnosis, Management, Prevention

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D002571 - Cerumen


cerumen, earwax, impaction, ear candling, ear coning


Number of Source Documents
Literature Search Start Date
October 1, 2007
Literature Search End Date
April 1, 2015