Ear Care

Ear Candles

Are ear candles safe?

The quick answer is no. Ear candles are an alternative health treatment advocated for the removal of ear wax. A hollow candle is burned with one end in the ear canal. This is with the intent of creating a low-level vacuum to draw out wax. However, the procedure does not guarantee ear wax removal, often causes burns and can leave residue in the ear canal. TOLBECS does not reccommend this procedure.

In a USA clinical trial researchers found that when ear candles were used:

  • no wax was removed
  • ear candling produced no vacuum
  • candle wax ash was deposited in some ears
  • some people experienced burns

A survey of 121 USA ENT Specialists identified 21 ear injuries, mostly burns that were associated with ear candling.


At TOLBECS, we have not come across any study that confirms ear candles are successful in removing wax, infection or other debris from ear canals. We often see crystal like deposits on ear drums after ear candle use which is not a good sign.

When ear candling has not been successful, TOLBECS has been able to clean the ear canal safely with no injuries using our safe practices and techniques. We believe that microsuction is the only accurate, safe, gentle, comfortable, modern method for cleaning ear canals.

TOLBECS does not recommend the use of ear candles.