Clinical Practice Guideline: Cerumen Impaction

Clinical Practice Guideline: Cerumen Impaction


This Clinical Practice Guideline is currently undergoing an update.

Update Leadership: Seth R. Schwartz, MD, MPH (Chair), Anthony E. Magit, MD (Assistant Chair), Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH (Methodologist)

Guideline Update Group: Bopanna B. Ballachanda, PhD, Jesse M. Hackell, MD, Helen J. Krouse, PhD RN, Claire M. Lawlor, MD, Kenneth Lin, MD, MPH, Kourosh Parham, MD, PhD, David R. Stutz, MD, Sandra Walsh, BS, Erika A. Woodson, MD, Ken Yanagisawa, MD  

Timeline: Accepted for publication in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – January 2017 

The information below is from the original publication. 

The original guideline was published as a supplement in the September 2008 issue of Otolaryngology - —Head and Neck Surgery.

Leadership: Timothy L. Smith, MD, MPH (Chair), Peter S. Roland, MD (Assistant Chair), Seth R. Schwartz, MD, MPH (Assistant Chair), Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH (Methodologist)

Guideline Development Group: Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD, Jerry M. Earll, MD, Jose Fayad, MD, Allen D. Harlor Jr, MD, Barry E. Hirsch, MD, Helene J. Krouse, PhD, Anthony Magit, MD, Carrie Nelson, MD, MS, David R. Stutz, MD, Stephen Wetmore, MD, MBA 

The primary purpose of this guideline is to improve diagnostic accuracy for cerumen impaction, promote appropriate intervention in patients with cerumen impaction, highlight the need for evaluation and intervention in special populations, promote appropriate therapeutic options with outcomes assessment, and improve counseling and education for prevention of cerumen impaction. 


American Academy of Family Physicians June 2008
Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head – Neck Nurses, Inc. Oct 2011
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Nov 2010 

Physician Resources