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368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages

What's the harm in ear candling?

Ear candling is a procedure wherein a hollow candle is placed in the ear and lit, ostensibly to remove wax and 'toxins' from the ear. Studies have shown it does not work.  Read more about ear candling

Here are 30 people who were harmed by someone not thinking critically.

Photo of Diane Boehme

Diane Boehme

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Burned ear canal & drum, tinnitis
Summer 1999

Diane paid $25 for an ear candle treatment. Things did not go well, and it took a specialist four months to fully remove the dripped wax from her ear. She now has ringing in her ears which may be permanent. Read more

Elizabeth Bromstein

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

January 2005

She said, after trying it: "I have have experienced this ear-warming procedure myself, and let me tell you, I wouldn't advocate it." Read her article. Read more

Gautam Raja

Los Angeles, California

April 10, 2007

He thought ear candles might improve his hearing. Instead it gave him a minor case of tinnitis (ringing in the ears). A journalist, he wrote of his experience. Read more

Ardean Selby

Age: 59
Bethel, Alaska

Died (smoke inhalation)
January 27, 2005

A well-liked nurse in this community, she was using an ear candle in her bedroom when the bedding caught fire. She died of injuries sustained in the fire, and five others were injured. Read more

21 cases of injury

Spokane, Washington

Burns, blocked ear canal, punctured ear drum

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