Ear Wax Removal methods Not Recommended | Ear Candling Side Effects

Our COVID procedures remain unchanged.

Since the pandemic started, we have all been expected to wear masks in public spaces as part of the government regulations. As a result of the vaccination roll-out, the Government made the requirement for wearing face masks in public optional from 19th July.

Our priority has always been to ensure we take measures to protect our clients and staff. We have provided more than 10,000 masks since we re-opened and gallons of hand sanitisers in our effort to provide a COVID secure environment.

To date, we have not yet had updated information from our governing bodies or the Government. Our procedures remain the same but we will provide a further update should anything change.

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Ear wax removal methods we do NOT recommend

We do not support or recommend this method of ear wax removal.

Ear syringing

Ear syringing is an outdated method of ear wax removal which has lost popularity over the years in favour of ear irrigation. It would normally only be considered if ear wax drops were not effective at removing ear wax. An old-fashioned metal syringe was historically used to pump water into the ear canal in an attempt to dislodge and flush out ear wax. These are rarely used today and have been substituted by lower pressured plastic ear syringes.

We do not support or recommend this method of ear wax removal.

Hopi ear candles

Hopi ear candles are used in ‘ear coning’ or ‘thermal auricular therapy’, which some claim promotes general good health and well-being whilst also facilitating in the removal of ear wax. It is regarded as a form of alternative medicine and is believed to have originated in North America with the Hopi Tribe, however, this has been repeatedly denied by the Hopi Tribal Council who have asked for this association be stopped.

Ear Candling Side Effects

Not be performed in people who have:

  • a perforated eardrum or grommet
  • mastoid cavity
  • cleft palate
  • foreign object inside the ear canal
  • have had an outer or middle-ear infection in the last 6 weeks

In addition, there are many possible complications that can arise from the use of Hopi Ear Candles.
The most obvious and dangerous is local burns to the person’s face and ear from falling hot beeswax.
The hot beeswax can also enter the ear canal, potentially perforating the eardrum.

Other known ear candle side effects and risks include:

  • occlusion (blockage) of the ear canal through beeswax and soot falling into the ear;
  • increased risk of infection due to foreign bodies entering the ear canal;
  • hair burns especially if flammable hair products have been used;
  • ear wax being further impacted into the ear canal by inserting the ear candle into the ear;
  • a false sense of thinking the ear wax has been removed, when in fact the residual debris collected inside the Hopi Ear Candle is beeswax and not ear wax.

As ear candling is normally performed by a non-ear professional, there is no clinical inspection of the outer ear and ear canal before or after the procedure, to check for any contraindications and / or complications.

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