Cerumen is the soft yellow wax secreted by glands in your ear canal. It is more commonly known as earwax. Cerumen impaction occurs when earwax becomes wedged in and blocks the ear canal.

The Ear Canal
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Cerumen impaction is usually caused by:

  • An inability of the ear to naturally clear itself of cerumen
  • Putting objects into your ears that push the cerumen deeper into the ear canal