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Earwax blockage can be prevented by avoiding the use of cotton-tipped swabs or Q-tips and other objects that push the wax deeper into the ear canal.
A study has also suggested that ear wax may be prevented by application of a topical emollient.
Individuals with hearing aids should be routinely examined for earwax impaction (cerumen impaction) every 3 to 6 months.
Gayle M Galletta, MD
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