Is it Bad to Candle Your Ears?

At its best, ear candling is a lousy way to remove wax. At its worst, it can cause serious harm to your ear. It’s also risky to hold a lit candle close to your face. Visiting your nearest audiology clinic for micro-suction earwax removal is by far the safest and most painless way to remove impacted earwax. Besides, candle wax may even drip into your ear canal, clog the passage, and make you lose your hearing for a while.

How Do You Know if Your Earwax is Impacted?

Symptoms of earwax impaction include; Decreased hearing, dizziness, ear pain, or a plugged or fullness sensation. Other equally nasty symptoms may include ringing in the ear, itching or drainage from the ear canal. Your first port of call is your local audiology clinic. Only there will you receive the best diagnosis and treatment for your hearing condition. If necessary, the audiologist may need to treat your ear blockage using earwax micro-suction removal.

Should I Clean My Ears?

Ideally, no; your ear canals shouldn’t need cleaning. But if too much earwax builds up and starts to cause pain or hearing loss symptoms, or it keeps your doctor from doing a proper ear exam, you might have something called cerumen impaction. This means earwax has completely filled your ear canal and it can happen in one or both ears. Your doctor should send you to an audiology clinic nearby for treatment to remove the cerumen impaction. The technique they should employ should be using micro-suction, it’s by far the safest and most pain-free way to have impacted earwax removed.

Why Won’t My Ears Unclog?

The most common cause of a blocked eustachian tube is a stuffy nose, such as from a head cold or sinus infection. When the nose is stuffed or clogged, it can prevent the eustachian tubes from draining or filling with air properly. A buildup of earwax is also a common cause of a blocked or obstructed eustachian tube. If the earwax is impacted (gone hard and deep in the ear) then you will need treatment at an audiologist. The better ones all use micro-suction earwax removal rather than scraping the stuff out with metal spoons which risk damaging the ear canal.