Updated: Mar 12, 2020
Hopi Ear Candles. I get asked about these at least 4 times a week.
No, they don’t work. Sorry. They are impregnated with beeswax, and the yellow/brown residue you see on them after burning is just beeswax. It’s physically impossible for them to work as described. In order to melt and draw out earwax you would have to set fire to the bit that’s in your ear - don’t do that by the way!
If you’re sceptical but like seeing things for yourself too, burn one *without* putting it in your ear. Hey presto, lots of ‘earwax’ on it, even without touching your lugholes. Then ask for a refund 🙂.
Home syringing kits are now a thing, but be incredibly careful, soften the wax first and never ever use if you think you’ve had a perforated eardrum, or have had ear operations. If you have noticeably worse hearing on one side than the other, have your friendly audiologist check you out for perforations before trying.