According to statistics, about 15% of adult Americans suffer from hearing impairment. Often the cause of this disorder is obstruction of the auditory canal with earwax, which can lead to serious consequences, even to deafness.
Therefore, professional cleansing the auditory canal is an important procedure. Many people, trying to get rid of ear blockage, do not go to doctors, but use holistic health treatments instead. Today, similar methods and tools are widespread. Unfortunately, not many Americans think about their effectiveness and validity. Often they do not bring absolutely any benefit and can even harm your health. These remedies include ear candling.
What is Ear Candling?
The ear candling is a hygiene product designed to care for the ear canal. This product is in the form of a long tube filled with paraffin, wax or essential oils. According to the manufacturers, this tool effectively eliminates earwax blockage.
Despite the fact that earwax performs a number of useful functions, for example, it prevents various infections, or debris getting into your ears, you must not allow its excessive accumulation. After all, severe ear canal blockage can lead to a common type of hearing loss. We have already raised the question of how to properly clean the ear canal. Please refer to the article for more details by clicking on the link: https://audiologyisland.com/blog/ear-cleaning-practices-that-could-be-dangerous/
According to manufacturers, their remedy normalizes blood circulation, and essential oils have a disinfecting and analgesic effect. Is this really so?
What dangers await you when using Ear Candling?
Ear candling is not a medical tool. There is no evidence that their use has a positive effect on the health of the patient. Studies have shown that the dirt formed in the cone of the candle after the procedure turned out to be particles of charred ear tissue and paraffin, and not earwax. There is no vacuum in the candle necessary for the complete removal of earwax. Most of the people who participated in the studies indicated that they did not receive the expected effect from the use of the remedy. Ear candling is a hoax. Manufacturers and sellers mislead people. Conclusion – ear candling does not remove earwax.
Unfortunately, ear candling also causes serious harm to health. There is a great chance of getting burns, since molten wax is very hot, and an open flame poses a risk to skin, hair and clothing catching fire. Melted wax can remain in the ear cavity and clog it even more. It can provoke a severe burn of the auditory canal, as a result of which the eardrum can burst. In this case, each patient must decide for himself whether to put his health at risk. It is very doubtful because you do not get any benefit.
How to safely remove earwax?
Today, there are earwax removal alternatives that work quite efficiently. The proper use of q-tips helps in removing residual earwax, dirt and sweat from the outer ear. You need to moisten it in a solution of hydrogen peroxide and carefully treat the auricle. You must not enter the ear canal itself.
The easiest way to remove earwax is to wash your ears. While taking a shower, you can just lightly rub the outside of your ears with a washcloth. Usually, with no severe impaction, excess earwax is removed without problems after washing.
Pharmacies sell medicines that can help you safely remove earwax at home. Basically, they are made in the form of drops, and they should be used within a few days. Their active substance slowly destroys the structure of earwax. The debris will leave the ear canal on its own.
It is important to understand that there is always a danger of damage to the auditory canals when using these drugs. It is better to consult a doctor to avoid these problems.
Professional medical assistance
Contacting an experienced doctor is the most reasonable solution for cleaning the ear canal from earwax. Test your hearing online and send us the results. Our audiologists will contact you if you really have a problem.
Before removing earwax blockage, we will conduct a complete diagnosis. Based on the examination, the audiologist will choose the most effective wax removal method for your case. The entire diagnostic and cleaning procedure does not take much time and is completely safe.
Keep in mind that after cleansing the ear canals, you should follow certain recommendations, which we will recommend. For example, you can’t be in a draft for some time, you should avoid overcooling, or getting water in your ears.
We often encounter earwax blockage, which leads to hearing impairment. We will quickly help you get rid of this problem. Take care of your health, use only proven methods to eliminate hearing problems and seek medical help on time!
About Dr Zhanneta Shapiro
Dr Zhanneta Shapiro received her Masters of Science from Brooklyn College in 2005 and completed her Doctorate of Audiology from Florida University in May 2008. Her graduate training was in various hospitals in the tri-state area and a residency period completed at Ear Nose and Throat Associates of New York. [ Learn More ]