Ear candling; should you try it?

I’m going to stick my neck out today and jump into the controversial practice of ear candling.

I can state my position up front: I think it’s dangerous. My advice: avoid it at all costs.

Ear candling involves placing a lit, hollow, cone-shaped candle into the ear canal. The heat is meant to travel down to melt your ear wax, so that you can drain it easily.

Does that sound like a good idea to you?

Suppose you set your hair on fire, a risk that’s increased if you use flammable hairspray.  Ear candling can easily lead to burns to the face, ear canal, eardrum and middle ear. It can also leave deposits of wax in your ear, or push wax even further in. Punctured ear drums are not unheard of.

I am certainly not opposed to alternative medicine, and I recognise that the evaluation techniques of modern medicine are not well structured for many alternative treatments.  But ear candling is more binary to evaluate – it either works, without hazard, or it doesn’t.

A surer way of removing ear wax and minimising dangers is to visit a hearing professional or consult your GP. The clinicians at Blamey Saunders hears in Melbourne have been thoroughly trained in the latest ear wax suction technology.

If ear wax is bothering you, give my audiologists a call on 1300 443 279 or visit our website to make a booking and to find out more about our clinic services.

Read this article to find out if your ears could benefit from a professional clean.

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