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Browne, T; Fourie, R
Irish Medical Journal
The Feasibility of Audiologists removing Earwax
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Earwax, Management, Audiologists
Although cerumen management (CM) is routinely performed by audiologists in some countries, this is currently not the case in the Republic of Ireland. This study involved surveying the opinions of Audiologists and Ear Nose and Throat specialists (ENTs) in relation to audiologists conducting CM. In total, 29% of ENTs and 64% of audiologists in the public services responded to an online survey. There was agreement that CM should be within audiologistsí remit. However, with regard to risk, opinions were significantly different, with 75% of ENTs, compared to 27% of audiologists, in agreement that CM management by audiologists was more risky to patients. Nevertheless, 87% of respondents supported future CM training for audiologists. The overall similarities of opinion between the two groups contrasted to previous studies that reported strong opposition from ENTs with regard to audiologists managing earwax.
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