The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. ("AAO-HNS") states that cerumen removal requires mechanical or chemical manipulation of the external auditory canal and such manipulation may result in traumatic and/or inflammatory lesions to the external auditory canal, tympanic membrane, and/or middle ear conduction mechanism.
The AAO-HNS also states that mechanical and/or chemical manipulation of the external auditory canal in an effort to remove cerumen should only be performed by or under the supervision of a qualified physician (MD or DO).
Submitted for Review 4/13/95
Submitted for Review 3/1/98
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Policy statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official policy statements and are added to the existing policy statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of policy statements as guidance for a procedure must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical policy statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this policy statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results.
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