Lit candles are nice for setting a romantic mood, creating a pleasant aroma in the air, or even as a guiding light during a power outage. Candle wax is not appropriate for pulling out earwax or curing a sinus infection through a dangerous and ineffective method known as ear candling.
Ear Candling Explained
It is uncertain as to when exactly this practice started. There have been some records of it that originated from Hopi Indians, who engaged in the tradition as part of their spiritual healing. The routine involves positioning the tapered end of a 10-inch hollow candle inside a person’s ear and then burning the other end. Those who practice this believe the flame produces a suction that will extract earwax from the inner ear.
People who practice ear candling believe that pathways inside the head are all connected, therefore draining the canal of earwax will leave a person with a clean head. This is false! Those who practice this technique also believe that sinus pain and pressure will be relieved, it can treat tinnitus, swimmer’s ear and Meniere’s disease. There are NO scientific studies that back these claims.
Why You Should NOT Practice Ear Candling
Healthcare professionals have strongly spoken out against ear candling. Here are some of those reasons:
Instead of attempting to use candles for earwax removal, it’s better to use them to set the mood or get rid of the stale smell in the air. If your ears feel full and you can’t hear, seek treatment from a medical professional. If you get treatment from your healthcare provider, but continue to struggle with hearing, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. Hearing aids or an assistive listening device may help with your hearing problems.
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