Why Ear Candling Doesn’t Work
Although there is anecdotal evidence which suggests ear candling for ear wax removal is a good idea, the science behind it doesn’t check out.
An editorial by the American Academy of Audiologycategorically refutes the use and advertisement of ear candles as a cure for blocked ears amongst other things stating:
"Ear candling is dangerous (even when used as directed by the manufacturer) and serves no legitimate purpose and there is no scientific evidence showing effectiveness for use. It is of significant concern that some ear candles are advertised for use with children (including babies), potentially placing them at great risk—with no known or documented benefit."
Furthermore, measurements taken from the ears before and after ear candling showed no reduction in earwax.