Some of you may have heard of ear candling as an alternative way of ear wax removal. You may have seen this product at the chemist or health food store alongside wax removal sprays, drops and other ointments. But what exactly is ear candling? Does it really work and is it safe?
What is ear candling?
Ear candling involves placing a long hollow candle into the ear canal. This candle is often made out of fabric that is coated in a mixture of substances such as, beeswax and soy wax and is approximately 15-20cm in length. The tip of the ear candle is then lit and left to burn for about 10-15 minutes. As the candle melts, it is trimmed to ensure it remains hollow. It is said that the warmth of the candle’s flame creates a vacuum/suction. Ear candling claims that this suction motion allows the candle to pull wax and debris out of the ear canal and into the hollow candle.
Who can perform ear candling?
Ear candling can be performed by beauticians, other health therapists and at home by yourself and/or with a companion.
Risks of ear candling?
Ear candling is risky and is not recommended. Ear candling can cause wax to be pushed further into the ear canal causing wax occlusion, possibility of a perforated eardrum if not positioned correctly in the ear canal, serious burns to the ear and/or face, bleeding, and injury.
Is ear candling effective?
Bottom line- there is no scientific evidence that ear candling is an effective tool of ear wax removal. Ear candling is often not recommended by audiologists or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists. Should you require ear wax removal Melbourne, come see us at our Richmond and Narre Warren clinics for the best and safest solution for ear wax removal near me. We use a procedure called microsuction.
What is microsuction?
Microsuction is one of the most effective and safest ways for ear wax removal. Microsuction involves the use of a small vacuum that gently and safely removes wax from the ear canal. Microsuction is also very effective in removing stubborn wax that some of us get! Wax ear drops may be used throughout the ear wax removal procedure to help soften hard dry wax that can sometimes get stuck to the skin. On occasion, you may need to take some ear wax drops home to use for a few days to really help soften the wax, before returning for a subsequent appointment to remove the rest of the wax safely. Our audiologists will ensure we remove wax the safest and quickest way we possibly can. Here at Eastern Audiology, we are trained to the highest standard and use state-of-the-art equipment.