GVR Report cover Cerumen Removal Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Cerumen Removal Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product Type, By Consumer Group, By Distribution Channel, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-921-1
  • Number of Pages: 150
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2017 – 2020
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global cerumen removal market size was valued at USD 2.0 billion in 2021 and is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 % from 2022 to 2030. Cerumen is a naturally occurring waxy substance produced by wax-forming glands located in the external auditory canal. However, it causes complications such as hearing loss, pain, tinnitus, etc. when it becomes impacted. Therefore, cerumen removal is of utmost importance to prevent the complications associated with cerumen impaction. The growing prevalence of cerumen impaction across the globe is a major factor driving the cerumen removal market. It is present in approximately 10% of children, 5% of adults, and around 60% of older people. According to a study published on cerumen impaction removal in the National Library of Medicine in 2021, in the United States, cerumen impaction leads to 12 million patient visits, and 8 million cerumen removal procedures are performed annually.

U.S. Cerumen Removal Market Size, by Product Type, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

Also, cerumen impaction is frequently witnessed in people with hearing aids. The EuroTrak Surveys in a series of European countries show that around 35% of people with hearing loss use hearing aids, thereby increasing the chances for the prevalence of cerumen impaction. According to World Report on Hearing 2021, around 1.12 billion people suffer from ear wax impaction in the European region.

Moreover, the adoption of various cerumen removal products owing to rising awareness of cerumen impaction is further boosting the market. As per Euromonitor International,  North Americans spends around USD 63 million on home ear-cleaning products, from drops to irrigation kit. Also, the key players are focusing on product development to strengthen the market is adding fuel to the market growth. For instance, in May 2019, the Ear Itch MD and Wax Blaster MD were launched by Eosera inc. to expand the range of ear care products of the company.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 led to a disruption in the healthcare industry. The disruption of operations and supply chain resulted in a decline in sales of medical devices. Moreover, the non-essential procedures were postponed during the pandemic which negatively impacted the market. For instance, as per a study published in the SAGE journal on The Impact of COVID-19 on Otolaryngology Community Practice in Massachusetts, the cerumen removal procedures declined by 85% in 2020. However, the pandemic has also raised the concern for hygiene, thereby creating an opportunity for the market to grow over a forecast period.

Product Insights

In 2021, the micro-suction devices segment accounted for the largest market share of 70.0%. This can be attributed to the increasing adoption of micro-suction devices in ENT clinics owing to their advantages. It is quicker than irrigation and does not expose the ear canal to moisture. Also, it is performed under direct vision and provides immediate cerumen clearance. The Cerumen removal drops segment is witnessing the fastest growth rate owing to the availability of various OTC cerumen removal ear drops. The changing consumer trend has raised the adoption of these OTC products. Also, these cerumen removal drops are inexpensive and an increasing number of patients opting for at-home cerumen removal treatments is driving the segment growth.

Consumer Group Insights

In 2021, the geriatric segment held the largest market share of 48.0%. This growth is attributed to the rising geriatric population and the high prevalence of cerumen impaction among older adults. As per the data from World Population Ageing, in 2019, there were703 million persons aged 65 years or above in the world. Hearing loss is prevalent in older adults and hence they are the major consumers of hearing aids. According to an article published in National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the highest amount incidence of hearing loss is reported in the age group between 60 and 69. The adult segment is the fastest-growing segment owing to increasing growing awareness about hygiene and the adoption of cerumen removal products. Moreover, the increasing demand for over- the- counter cerumen removal products among adults is impelling the segment growth.

Distribution Channel Insights

In 2021, the retail pharmacies segment held a major market share of 39.5% due to the presence of a large number of independent and chain pharmacies globally. Also, the retail pharmacy chains, such as Boots Walgreens, CVS Health, Lloyd, etc. offer a variety of cerumen removal products such as ear drops, irrigation kits, loops, and cerumen removal devices to their customers. Moreover, the digitalization in retail pharmacies is further adding fuel to the market growth.

Global Cerumen Removal Market Share, by Distribution Channel, 2021 (%)

However, the e-commerce segment is witnessing the fastest growth rate owing to the increasing penetration of the internet globally. With the changing trends, retailers adopting online channels for the distribution of products, thereby positively impacting segment growth. Also, the attractive offers and discounts offered on various e-commerce platforms such as amazon help to attract large consumer groups. Moreover, the availability of ear curettes, loops, ear drops, and various other tools on online channels is boosting the market growth.

Regional Insights

Based on region, Asia Pacific held the largest market share of 42.3% owing to an increasing patient pool suffering from cerumen impaction. With the increasing geriatric population, the prevalence of cerumen impaction is anticipated to increase. As per the Statistics of the Bureau of Japan, as of 2020, 36.19 million people in the country were estimated to be of age 65 years and above. Furthermore, the rising awareness of cerumen impaction coupled with increased healthcare expenditure is boosting the market growth. Moreover, the presence of local players in the region is one of the major factors driving the market. Also, the initiatives undertaken by the Indian Public Health Standards for the management of ear disease are anticipated to contribute to the market growth.

MEA is the fastest-growing region due to the rising prevalence of conductive hearing loss and other hearing impairments due to ear wax impaction. The growing awareness of cerumen impaction has raised the adoption of various cerumen removal tools and various drops for condition management. Also, the market players in the region focusing on the development of innovative products is further impelling the market growth. for instance, in the UAE., BonShine provides offers electric ear wax removal kits featured that feature an automatic vacuum for powerful and easy suction.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players are focusing on the development of innovative products, collaborations, etc. to strengthen the market position. Some of the market players operating in the market are Medline, Henry Schein, Inc., McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc, Cardinal Health, Otex, Owens and Minor, Eosera Inc., Target Brands, Debrox, Cipla Ltd., Earest Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline Plc.

Cerumen Removal Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


The market size value in 2022

USD 2.16 billion

The revenue forecast in 2030

USD 3.7 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.2% from 2022 to 2030

The base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2021 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product Type, Consumer Group, Distribution Channel, Region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; UK; Germany; Spain; France; Italy; Russia; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Australia; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; UAE

Key companies profiled

Medline; Henry Schein, Inc.; McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc; Cardinal Health; Otex; Owens and Minor; Eosera Inc.; Target Brands; Debrox; Cipla Ltd.; Earest Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline Plc.

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Segments Covered in the Report 

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels. It provides an analysis of industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research, Inc. has segmented the cerumen removal market report based on product type, consumer group, distribution channel, and region:

  • Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Micro-suction Device

    • Irrigation Kits

    • Cerumen Removal Drops

    • Cerumen Removal Loops

    • Cerumen Removal Syringes

    • Portable Ear Cleaning Devices

  • Consumer Group Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Pediatric (Aged 0 – 10)

    • Children (Aged 11 – 17)

    • Adults (Aged 18 – 64)

    • Geriatric (Aged 65 and Above)

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Drug Stores

    • Retail Pharmacies

    • Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

    • E-commerce

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • NorthAmerica

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia
    • South Korea

      • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

      • UAE

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