How to use Cerumen in a sentence
Dr. Baguant, ENT specialist comments, " Cotton buds can cause the formation of cerumen plugs by pushing cerumen toward the tympanic membrane.
Wilson S.A., Lopez R. (2002) ' What is the best treatment for impacted cerumen?
Dr. Baguant, ENT specialist comments, " Cotton buds can cause the formation of cerumen plugs by pushing cerumen plugs by pushing cerumen toward the tympanic membrane.
Also refers to the technique of removing wax (cerumen) from the ear canal by flushing it with water.
A perforated eardrum can be prevented by avoiding insertion of any object into the ear to clean it or to remove earwax (cerumen).Advertisement
Excess cerumen should only be removed by a doctor.
Glands within the skin of the canal produce a waxy substance called cerumen (popularly called earwax).
Cerumen is designed to protect the ear canal, repel water, and keep the ear canal too acidic to allow bacteria to grow.
Continually exposing the ear canal to moisture may cause significant loss of cerumen.
The delicate skin of the ear canal, unprotected by cerumen, retains moisture and becomes irritated.Advertisement
Without cerumen, the ear canal stops being appropriately acidic, which allows for the growth of microorganisms.
This pushes cerumen and normal skin debris back into the ear canal, instead of allowing the ear canal's normal cleaning mechanism of the ear to work, which would ordinarily move accumulations of cerumen and debris out of the ear.
Cerumen impaction refers to the buildup of layers of earwax within the ear canal to the point of blocking the canal and putting pressure on the eardrum.
Ironically, cerumen impaction is often caused by misguided attempts to remove earwax.
Cerumen impaction develops when earwax accumulates in the inner part of the ear canal and blocks the eardrum.Advertisement
It does not happen under normal circumstances because the cerumen is produced by glands in the outer part of the ear canal; it is not produced in the inner part.
Cerumen traps sand or dust particles before they reach the eardrum.
The slow movement of the outer layer of skin of the ear canal carries cerumen toward the outer opening of the ear.
As the older cerumen reaches the opening of the ear, it dries out and falls away.
Cerumen is most likely to become impacted when it is pushed against the eardrum by cotton-tipped applicators, hair pins, or other objects that people put in their ears, and when it is trapped against the eardrum by a hearing aid.Advertisement
Less common causes of cerumen impaction include overproduction of earwax by the glands in the ear canal or an abnormally narrow ear canal that tends to trap the wax.
The most important symptom of cerumen impaction is partial loss of hearing.
In children younger than one year, cerumen impaction is sometimes discovered during a routine check-up when the doctor finds that the earwax is blocking his or her view of the eardrum.
In these cases the cerumen must be removed so that the doctor can finish checking the child's ears and sense of hearing.
Impacted cerumen is not a medical emergency.Advertisement
The diagnosis of impacted cerumen is usually made by examining the ear canal and eardrum with an otoscope, an instrument with a light attached that allows the doctor to look into the canal.
Irrigation is the most common method of removing impacted cerumen.
Although some doctors use Water Piks to remove cerumen, most do not recommend them because the stream of water is too forceful and may damage the eardrum.
If irrigation cannot be used or fails to remove the cerumen, the doctor can remove the wax with a vacuum device or a curette, which is a small scoop-shaped surgical instrument.
The doctor begins the removal in the area where the cerumen has already started to separate from the wall of the canal.
One alternative method that is sometimes touted as a way to remove impacted cerumen is ear candling.
Practitioners of ear candling claim that the heat from the burning candle or smoke creates a vacuum that draws out the impacted cerumen.
Ear candling is not only an ineffective way to remove impacted cerumen, it can actually damage the ear.
In most cases, impacted cerumen is successfully removed from the child's ear by irrigation or manual extraction with no lasting side effects.
Two techniques have been recommended to prevent cerumen from reaccumulating in the ear.
Children who wear hearing aids should have their ears examined periodically for signs of cerumen accumulation.
Removal of impacted cerumen from children's ears is a routine procedure and should not ordinarily cause parents a great deal of concern.
If the child has repeated episodes of cerumen impaction, parents can discuss various preventive measures with the doctor.
Ear candling-An alternative method for removing impacted cerumen with a lighted hollow cone of paraffin or beeswax.
Impacted cerumen can sometimes cause otalgia.