Is Ear Candling Safe?

Ear CandlingThe production of cerumen (ear wax) is normal and a sign of good ear health. Most people don’t need to do anything beyond their daily shower routine to maintain the cleanliness of their ears. However, some people resort to alternative methods to remove ear wax, which can be dangerous and potentially cause complications.
One of the more controversial of those methods is ear candling. The procedure is performed using a hollow candle made from a fabric tube soaked in beeswax. The candle is then placed in the external auditory canal and lit for approximately 15 minutes. Afterward, a brown substance can be found on the stub of the candle.
Those who have had the procedure done or who have purchased an at-home kit are convinced that it successfully removes wax build up, debris and bacteria from the ear canal. However according to the American Academy of Audiology, research shows this method is actually ineffective and very dangerous.
Ear candling can potentially push the ear wax deeper into the ear canal. In addition, it can also lead to candle wax depositing into the ear, an increased risk of burns to the ear, face, and scalp as well as an increased risk of puncturing the ear drum.
Experts say when it comes to removing ear wax, people should avoid using q-tips, candles, and other objects. In order to ensure safety, you should have ear wax professionally removed by an audiologist.
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