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Why Ear Candling is a Myth: Debunking The Claims

Have you ever heard of ear candling, the ancient practice that involves placing a hollow candle in your ear to remove wax and improve overall health? While it may sound tempting, there is no scientific evidence supporting its success. In fact, many experts believe that ear candling is nothing more than a dangerous myth. So if you’re thinking about giving it a try, read on as we debunk the claims surrounding this popular but dubious practice.

What Is Ear Candling

Ear candling is a popular home remedy that is used to clean the ears and remove earwax. The ear candle is a long, thin candle that is inserted into the ear canal. The heat from the candle is thought to draw out the earwax and impurities from the ear by “melting” ear wax. However, ear candling has not only been proven to be uselessness , but it is also quite dangerous. In fact, there was a study conducted in 1996 that found that candling did not remove a any ear wax.

There is no scientific evidence to support the claims that ear candles remove earwax or impurities from the ears. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that ear candling can actually be harmful.

Ear candling is a popular home remedy that is used to clean the ears and remove earwax. The ear candle is a long, thin candle that is inserted into the ear canal. The heat from the candle is thought to draw out the earwax and impurities from the ear by “melting” ear wax. However, ear candling has not only been proven to be uselessness, but it is also quite dangerous. In fact, there was a study conducted in 1996 that found that candling did not remove a any ear wax.

There is no scientific evidence to support the claims that ear candles remove earwax or impurities from the ears. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that ear candling can actually be harmful.

close-up of a person's ear and ear drum

 

Is Ear Candling Efficient?

The practice involves placing a lit candle in the ear and allowing the heat and smoke to enter the ear canal. Some people believe that this can help in ear wax removal, relieve sinus pressure, and even treat tinnitus. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

 

Ear Candling Risks and Warnings

If you’re considering ear candling, there are a few risks and warnings you should be aware of. There’s no credible evidence that ear candling can actually remove wax from your ears or improve your hearing.

In fact, the candle could cause serious burns to the face, outer ear, eardrum, and inner ear.

There have been reports of the candles causing perforated eardrums, punctured ear drums, and even fires.

Other risks include:

  • Ear blockages from candle wax
  • Burns to middle ear structures if hot wax passes an eardrum perforation
  • Bleeding ears

So if you’re thinking about trying ear candling, be sure to do your research and understand the risks involved.

 

Alternatives to Ear Candling for Wax Removal

The most efficient method of Ear Wax Removal is via microsuction. Microsuction ear wax removal is performed by ENT experts all over the world, it is the preferred method of wax removal as it is the most efficient, and is the only procedure that is allowed for those who have had ear surgery.

 

1. Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

Our Registered Nurses (ear experts) will look place a small specular into your ear. The Registered Nurse will then look through a microscope with a bright light attached, allowing them to have a full view of your ear canal. Then, they will use a gentle vacuum to suction the ear wax. This medical vacuum is specifically designed to remove ear wax, therefore is is very soft and gentle.

At the Ear Cleaning Clinic, you can watch the whole process of the procedure live on a TV, it usually only takes around 15 minutes.

 

It is not recommended that you attempt to remove wax by yourself by:

  • Sticking a cotton swab into your ear: the cotton fibres can come off in you ear, causing further blockages and infection. It may also push the wax further down to the ear drum, therefore amounting in pain or causing damage to the ear drum.
  • Earwax removal twist kits: These are sold online, however if not used correctly they could cause serious damage to the ear canal and ear drum.

 

2. Syringing

This is the act of flushing water into the ear. Not only is this method highly uncomfortable, it comes with various common risks such as; ear drum perforation, infection, vertigo, trapped water, pushing wax further up to the ear drum.

a close-up of a person's ear with a cotton swab

Ear Candling or Microsuction?

Ear candling is a popular, yet uselessness alternative therapy that has been debunked by medical professionals. It does not remove wax or toxins from the ear canal, and it can even be dangerous if done incorrectly.

The best way to keep your ears healthy is keep up to date with your regular microsuction ear wax removal appointments. Trying DIY ear candling could have serious consequences so it’s important to visit Ear Cleaning Clinic for microsuction ear wax removal.

 

Book a Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

Overall, ear cleaning and ear wax removal are essential for maintaining healthy ears, especially during the winter months. If you are experiencing symptoms such as ear pain, itching, or discharge, it may be time to visit the Ear Cleaning Clinic for a professional assessment and treatment.

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