Cerumen impaction in the elderly

J Gerontol Nurs. 1995 Dec;21(12):43-5. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-19951201-09.


1. Cerumen impaction is a reversible cause of conduction hearing loss in the elderly. 2. Risk factors include ear canal hairs, hearing aids, bony growths secondary to osteophyte or osteoma, and a history of impacted cerumen. 3. Cerumen removal can cause damage to the external auditory meatus, perforation of the tympanic membrane, and/or otitis media. 4. Methods to remove cerumen impactions include: ceruminolytic agents, curette methods and lavage method.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cerumen*
  • Ear Canal*
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Therapeutic Irrigation / nursing*