Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
If you have symptoms of impacted earwax, your provider will likely recommend some kind of treatment. If you don’t have any symptoms, your provider likely won't recommend treatment, unless you need an ear exam for other reasons. Often the earwax goes away on its own with time. In rare cases, removing earwax can cause problems. Providers may recommend removal for people who can’t talk about their symptoms, such as young children.
Treatment options include:
Medicines dropped into the ear canal, to soften the earwax and slowly break it down.
Irrigation of the ear canal with water in your provider’s office.
Manual removal, using special tools in your provider’s office.
Your healthcare provider might recommend one of these options, partly based on your other health conditions. You might need a combination of these methods for the best removal.
Providers don't recommend using other home methods of earwax removal (such as ear candling and ear vacuum kits). Studies have shown these methods don’t work well.