Anyone have experience with "ear candles" - page 4

OK, I already alluded to in a previous thread my pure unadulterated joy at flushing people's ears out which I do with some regularity at my new job. (Laugh if you must, but I consider it a little... Read More

  1. by   zenman
    Quote from RN2B2005
    I'll stick to flushing my ears with hydrogen peroxide and warm water--not sexy, not 'natural', but effective and safe.

    But it's more fun with cold water..especially when you do it to someone else!
  2. by   Lurksalot
    Hehe, the title of this thread made me picture the movie Shrek, and Shrek pulling a big hunk of wax out of his ear to make a candle for his dinner table.
  3. by   JBudd
    In the ER we use liquid colace to soften, then irrigate with warm water (I use an 18 gauge angio on a 10 cc syringe) with gentle pressure. Do it at home for my mom with a bulb syringe.
  4. by   Guitar_Heroine
    We did an experiment with these at school, examining the amount of wax in the ear before and after candling and did not find any difference. Also read a lot of articles in support and against the practice and have to say I'm skeptical. They say the amount of suction that would be necessary to remove wax would burst the eardrum. Kind of bummed because I was hoping it would work!
  5. by   slp2rn
    Speech Pathologist/Audiologist here and I MUST tell you that we HATE these! Most people have no problems, but I have occasionally seen people with wax on the tympanic membrane ("ear drum") because of candling. (Especially kids.)This greatly alters and can permanently damage the conduction of sound...
    If you have THAT MUCH wax build up--- ask the ENT or an audiologist to safely remove it. Overuse is common as well... we do NEED wax in the outer ear canal as a protection mechanism.
    Also- wax has nothing to do with ear aches... pain is resulting from eustachian tube pressure on the inner ear.
  6. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    This question came up back when I was in nursing school, and the instructor told us that it's a crock, and the nasty looking wax at the bottom is simply the wax from the candle itself. She said that the warmth is what makes the ear feel better. She used to work in a pediatrician's office and would get upset over the kids who would have to suffer longer while their parents wasted money on the candles. She's pretty passionate about the subject, brought in all types of articles the next class period for us to read. I'd have to agree with those who think the candles are a cheap parlor trick, and nothing more.
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    Nevah heard of this one....

    Personally, I used a Q-tip (or the rolled up end of my towel) rigth after a bath - every 3 days or so. So long as there is no real "visible" muck and my hearing don't feel funny, I leave my ears alone.
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Jul 6, '06
  8. by   RaElrA
    I am currently a massage therapist and used to charge clients for this. A few years ago, a friend and I were bored so we "candled" each other and compared "gunk." Then, we each candles the backs of our hands. Interestingly we had just as much "ear wax" in our hands as we had in our ears! Hmmm....we were both already doubting the whole deal. I gave away my remaining candles and never stole anyone's money for this again!:innerconf
  9. by   JBudd
    Quote from slp2rn
    Also- wax has nothing to do with ear aches... pain is resulting from eustachian tube pressure on the inner ear.
    I beg to differ. I have removed wax from people's ears (not by candling, but the old fashioned soften and irrigate). Their pain relief was significant! Pressure on the outer canal from that much wax hurts. :spin: