Ear Candles‐Efficacy and Safety

  title={Ear Candles‐Efficacy and Safety},
  author={Daniel R. Seely and Suzanne M. Quigley and Alan W. Langman},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
Ear candles are a popular and inexpensive alternative health treatment advocated for cerumen removal. A hollow candle is burned with one end in the ear canal with the intent of creating negative pressure and drawing cerumen from the ear. If effective, significant savings could result from the use of ear candles. This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of this alternative method for cerumen management. Tympanometric measurements in an ear canal model demonstrated that ear candles do not… 


Ear candling is claimed to create negative pressure for drawing cerumen from the ear and to benefit the ears in many ways, however it is however not free of complications and is now banned.

Reduce Your Risk of Complications During Ear Wax Removal

Even though ear wax removal is usually performed without complications, it is important for clinicians and patients to remember that the potential exists for initiating or worsening hearing loss or tinnitus.

Cerumen impaction.

Depending on available equipment, physician skill, and patient circumstances, treatment options for cerumen impaction include watchful waiting, manual removal, the use of ceruminolytic agents, and irrigation with or without ceruminoslytic pretreatment.

Ear candling: A case report

A case of ear candling presenting as hearing loss is described, there is no evidence of its effectiveness, and it can actually cause damage to the ears.

Cleaning Earwax Impaction

Earwax or cerumen is the natural product of the exocrine glands in the lateral part of the ear canal, and accumulation of earwax in the external ear canal can be caused by the use of hearing aids, genetic tendency for impaction, or secondary to theUse of cotton swabs.

Ear drops for the removal of ear wax.

A large number of trials have been heterogeneous and generally of low or moderate quality, making it difficult to offer any definitive recommendations on the effectiveness of cerumenolytics for the removal of symptomatic ear wax.

Where there's smoke there's fire--ear candling in a 4-year-old girl.

A 4-year-old girl in New Zealand presents with otitis media and during the course of the ear examination white deposits were noticed on her eardrum; this was confirmed as being caused by ear candling.

Ear candling: should general practitioners recommend it?

Ear wax accumulation is one of the most common otologic conditions seen in primary care; removing ear wax is the most common ears, nose, and throat procedure carried out in the community. With the

Clinical Practice Guideline (Update): Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)

Objective This update of the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation cerumen impaction clinical practice guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on managing

Clinical practice guideline: Cerumen impaction

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  • Medicine
    Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • 2008



Ear wax removal: a survey of current practice.

The removal of occlusive wax improved hearing by a mean of 5 dB over the frequencies analysed and could be reduced by a greater awareness of the potential hazards, increased instruction of personnel, and more careful selection of patients.

The organic composition of earwax.

It is demonstrated that it is not currently possible to quantify statistically the substances which constitute earwax with accuracy.

Unconventional medicine in the United States. Prevalence, costs, and patterns of use.

The frequency of use of unconventional therapy in the United States is far higher than previously reported and expenditure associated with use in 1990 amounted to approximately $13.7 billion, comparable to the $12.8 billion spent out of pocket annually for all hospitalizations in theUnited States.

Building bridges between two worlds: the NIH's office of alternative medicine

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    Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 1995
No abstract available.

Finally, A Cure!,

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