Last reviewed: November 2017
Last updated: November  2017

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • presence of risk factors
  • visualisation of cerumen
  • hearing loss
  • fullness in the ear

Other diagnostic factors

  • otorrhoea
  • otalgia
  • tinnitus
  • cough
  • vertigo

Risk factors

  • age >50 or <5 years
  • male gender
  • stenotic ear canal
  • Down's syndrome
  • cotton-tipped applicator use
  • hearing aid use
  • living in a nursing home

Diagnostic investigations

Treatment algorithm

ACUTE

Contributors

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Stephen Wetmore

Professor

Department of Otolaryngology

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Morgantown

WV

Disclosures

SW declares that he has no competing interests.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics

Division of Otolaryngology

Children's National Medical Center

Assistant Professor

Otolaryngology and Pediatrics

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Washington

DC

Disclosures

RKS declares that he has no competing interests.

Director of Research

The Listen For Life Center At Virginia Mason

Otology/Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Seattle

WA

Disclosures

SRS is an author of a reference cited in this monograph.

Consultant Otologist

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Gloucester

UK

Disclosures

RY declares that he has no competing interests.

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