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Are Ear Candles Effective?

Ear candles are vacuous candles covered in wax. The sharp end is inserted into the ear, while the other end is lit. The warm “suction” is thought to eliminate earwax, enhance hearing, and treat sinus infections and colds. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, that’s because it is. Ear candling is dangerous and can result in serious injuries. Ear candling has no scientific basis. No research or study has ever affirmed any of the claims being made about ear candles.

Do ear candles remove wax?

No, ear candling cannot remove wax from the ears. There hasn’t been any conclusive evidence that ear candles can remove earwax. Logically, the existing temperature inside the body is already higher than the temperature of an ear candle, rendering the alleged “warmth” insignificant.

The debris inside the burnt ear candle is supposed to be made up of impurities removed from the ear. However, it appears even if the candles haven’t been near an ear canal, they still produced “debris” which consists of a mixture of burned candle wax and fabric.

No scientific claims

Up until now, there is no scientific evidence to back up the claim that ear candles can efficiently clean the ears and remove earwax. In fact, ear candles can be hazardous.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has issued a warning to consumers against ear candling, stating that the risks are substantial and that there is no proof of any medical benefit from their use. The candle wax can cause ear and face burns, as well as ear canal damage.

Ear candles have been known to cause or worsen ear blockages in some cases.

Professional Earwax Removal

We recommend professional earwax removal as a safe and effective alternative to ear candling due to the potential risks. A trained professional, such as an audiologist, should perform this procedure.


Ear candling is an unsafe way to remove wax. Aside from the lack of scientific claims and research, I t can cause serious ear damage. Holding a lit candle close to your face is also dangerous. You could be burned by the flame or the melted wax.

Candle wax may drip into your ear canal, clogging the passage and temporarily impairing your hearing. There have also been reports of eardrum punctures as a result of the candling process.

Ear candles have not been approved by the FDA for any medical use. It has issued warnings to manufacturers and has halted the importation of candles.

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