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No. Ear candling is not an effective way of removing wax. The procedure involves having the patient lie on the opposite ear while a lit hollow candle is inserted into the external auditory canal of the affected ear. It is reported that the combination of heat and suction is supposed to remove earwax. Numerous studies have demonstrated that there is no change in the amount of wax present before and after ear candling and there has not been evidence of earwax actually being found in the candle after the procedure has been conducted. If anything, the process of ear candling can lead to any wax present being pushed further into the ear canal or wax from the candle being added to the ear canal. There is also the risk that the candle could be pushed too far into the ear causing damage to the delicate eardrum and even potentially lead to melted wax adhering to the eardrum requiring surgical intervention. It is far better to see your general practitioner, Ear, Nose and Throat specialist or an audiologist (with specialist training in wax removal techniques) for ear wax removal.The ear candling procedure has been reported by many to be relaxing and many of my clients have reported that they have seen wax and a powder inside the candle after the procedure has been done. However, this is just residue from the candle. I would advise against the use of ear candling and am disappointed that they are sold so freely when they obviously do not work and there are so many potential ill-effects.

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