Should I use Q-Tips to Clean my Ears?

Those of us who do clinic each week often have to answer the question for our patients, “Are Q-Tips really that bad?” This week’s Hearing International discussion investigates that question.  The current thought is that most attempts to clean the ears by using cotton swabs only result in pushing the wax further into the ear canal. Wax…

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Ear Candling… A Triumph of Ignorance Over Science

A few years ago Hearing International briefly touched on the topic of ear candling or ear coning as part of a larger discussion of cerumen management.  While ear candling is an obscure procedure in many parts of the world, there are places where alternative medicine advocates use the procedure to address many ear problems.  The procedure supposedly creates a…

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