Ear Infections and Ear Aches
Your middle ear is a pea-sized chamber, behind our eardrum, the tympanic membrane, a small circle of tissue that vibrates in response to sounds.
It contains three tiny bones called ossicles that send vibrations from your eardrum to your inner ear. This is where they are converted into the nerve impulses representing sounds. These impulses are what allow you to hear.
Most ear infections begin with an upper respiratory infection like a cold. This can cause swelling and inflammation and can cause fluid to build up behind the eardrum. This fluid itself isn’t necessarily a problem; it’s the bacteria and viruses bred here that is.
Acute ear infections typically produce a lot of pain and are usually accompanied by a fever, loss of appetite, feeling of dizziness or loss of balance.
Ear candling or ear coning is a century’s old technique that has seen increasing interest in the past decade throughout the holistic community. The purpose of candling is to remove wax build-up, especially the heavy impacted wax that normal cleaning cannot remove.
Candling can be done on all ages of people. Results from candlers include children and even babies. Often candling has been used as a last effort for treating chronic ear infections and to avoid ear tubal placement, which are leading causes for hospital admittance in youngsters. As well as treating the ear, candling can work on the sinus and lymph system by removing impurities there as well. Because of all the intricate crevices in the ear, unbelievable amounts of debris can accumulate within it.
This build-up within the ear creates a breeding ground for problems, and can also interfere with correct hearing. The sound waves become blocked by impacted wax build up against ear ducts. This lifetime accumulation may explain some of the hearing problems we develop as we age. It is reported that 20% of adults between 65 and 74 have hearing problems.
After candling, it is recommended to gently rinse the ears and place a couple of drops of oil of garlic into the ear. The normal wax will be replaced within 24 hours so during that time, it is best to protect the ears from wind, cold and excessive amounts of water.