Cerumen Management

The presence of cerumen, also called earwax, in the ear canal is a normal and healthy phenomenon. Cerumen is a waxy material in the outer ear canal produced by sebaceous glands. Cerumen lubricates and protects the ear canal by moisturizing the skin and shielding dust, dirt, infection, and foreign bodies from the eardrum. Accumulation of cerumen is usually asymptomatic but can occasionally cause bothersome symptoms, such as hearing loss, increased tinnitus, or ear discomfort.