Definition of cerumen in English:
Technical term for earwax.
- There are many precipitants of this infection, but the most common is excessive moisture that elevates the pH and removes the cerumen.
- Excess cerumen in the external ear canal commonly causes hearing loss and vertigo, contributes to infection and obscures visualization of the tympanic membrane.
- The only trend noted was a higher success rate if the cerumen was considered to be soft rather than hard or mixed.