Ear Candling, Should it Really Be Done?

About every six months or so, someone comes into my office and asks me what I soreearsthink of ear candling.  Most of you know that an ear occluded with earwax (cerumen) can cause #hearingloss by impeding sound.  From everything I have learned over the years, I usually tell these individuals that it can be dangerous, it does not work, and I don’t recommend it.  In response, some of these people say, “But you should see all the yuck that came out of the ear!”  Well, the yuck is usually just wax from the candle.  If you still think this procedure is safe and effective, please click on the link below before you let someone candle you ear again:

http://www.audiology.org/news/Pages/20100622.aspx

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