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Ear Candling

Hey there, have you ever heard of ear candling? It’s a popular alternative therapy that claims to clean out ear wax and improve hearing. But before you try it, there are some important things to know.


Dangers of Ear Candling

Ear candling involves inserting a long, thin candle into the ear canal and lighting it on fire. The heat supposedly creates a vacuum effect that draws out ear wax and other impurities. However, there is little scientific evidence to support these claims.


In fact, the National Institute of Health states that not only is there no proof that ear candling is effective, but it can also be dangerous. The heat from the candle can cause burns to the ear canal, and there have even been reports of candles getting stuck and causing injury.


Furthermore, studies have shown that ear candling can actually push ear wax deeper into the ear canal, causing blockages and hearing problems. A study published in The Laryngoscope found that ear candling was not effective at removing ear wax and could potentially cause harm.


How to Mange Earwax

What should you do if you have excess ear wax or hearing problems? The best course of action is to see a medical professional, such as an audiologist or ear, nose, and throat doctor. They can safely remove ear wax and provide treatment for any hearing issues.


Ear candling may seem like a quick fix for ear wax and hearing problems, but it is not supported by scientific evidence and can be dangerous. It’s important to seek medical advice and treatment from a professional if you are experiencing any issues with your ears. Stay safe and take care of your hearing health!


By Darrell Cornelius, Director of Clinical Services, Best Hearing Aid Solution