Clinical Practice Guideline: Cerumen Impaction

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) has issued the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction. The guidelines emphasize evidence-based management of cerumen impaction by clinicians, and inform patients of the purpose of ear wax in hearing health.

Clinical Practice Guideline: Cerumen Impaction (full guideline)
(a supplement to the September 2008 edition of the journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)

News Release - National Guidelines Released for Earwax Removal

Additional AAO-HNS Clinical Practice Guidelines

Patient Health Information - Ear Wax


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