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Chinese ear cleaning for better sound

I am now in Dali after some trips to Deqin and Lijian while on buisiness in China.

I tried an ear cleaing in Chengdu and it really helped. highs and directionality were much better.

Just a thought about another "tweak".

I have added a picutre of the process. This was done with implements-not candles.

Joel
 

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Hi, Joel
You have here the "ultimate tweak" that works with Logans and every brand of speakers, amps, sources and even with live performance!(LOL)
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Kruppy said:
Can you post pictures?
Oh No!
:eek:

it sort of goes along the line of the Q-tip tweak we heard about the other week. But I don't doubt that the ear cleaning really works...probably helps quite abit for some.
 

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I am in Qindao now but when I get back to thre US I will post some that my wife took.

The process seems to be better than just Q tips.


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I'm interested in this Chinese ear remedy... can we get it done here in the US?
 

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Sure you can. Just do a search for 'ear candling' in your area. There should be someplace to get it done.

Make sure you have them cut it open when done to see what come out.
 

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You can even do it yourself. I have purchased ear candles at the local health food store and used them at home. They are basically hollow funnel-shaped candles. You put the narrow end in your ear and light the other end. :eek: I don't quite understand the physics, but it works to draw the wax out of your ear better than any other method. Just think of it like vacuuming your panels. Occasional maintenance that allows you to enjoy the sweet sounds of Logans in all their glory.
 

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Ear Candles??? Really?

Rich said:
You can even do it yourself. I have purchased ear candles at the local health food store and used them at home. They are basically hollow funnel-shaped candles. You put the narrow end in your ear and light the other end. I don't quite understand the physics, but it works to draw the wax out of your ear better than any other method. Just think of it like vacuuming your panels. Occasional maintenance that allows you to enjoy the sweet sounds of Logans in all their glory.
Rich,

I don't think I could ever put candles in my ears and light them up... :eek:
I'm too worried about setting my hair on fire. :eek:
Do you have a fire extinguisher near by. :eek:
I was never very good with physics...
My mother always told me never put anything into your ears smaller than an elbow. :p
 

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I would assume that burning ear hair would smell the same as bbq'ing the knuckle hair off my hands, which I tend to do quite often.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.....
 

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Robin said:
I don't think I could ever put candles in my ears and light them up...
I'm too worried about setting my hair on fire.
Do you have a fire extinguisher near by.
I was never very good with physics...
My mother always told me never put anything into your ears smaller than an elbow.
Robin,

I know -- it sounds scary. And you do have to be careful, especially if you have long hair. But the candles are pretty long and you don't burn them all the way down so the fire doesn't get that close to your head. I had no problems and no singed ear hairs from the experience. The only thing that was really scary was the size of the lump of wax that came out of my ears. :eek:
 

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I have my wife do the ear candles on me about every six months or so. We have been doing for about the last three years. It works. You can buy ear candles in most health food stores.
 

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Ear candles really work / HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

I have used them on several occasions. You can get them at your local health / herb store. Don't do it yourself. Have another person hold the candle upright and monitor the small flame. Takes about 10 minutes per ear. Try two candles per ear the first time. Lay down on a couch or whatever and relax. Use a small piece of aluminum foil and cut a small hole in the middle for the tip of the candle to penetrate. This will provide a "shield" for any ashes as the candle melts. After you are done, cut open the candle tip to see what was withdrawn. Pretty amazing!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED / NO NEED FOR CONCERN IF PERFORMED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, AND MUCH BETTER THAN Q-TIPS, which can "PUSH" wax into your ear canal. Not good. I asked my ENT about these candles. He said the wax inside was just the wax from the candles and that these can damage your ear canals. WAY WRONG / DON'T BELIEVE IT!! Just be careful how far you insert the candle tip into your ear.

Additional comment. After using the candles, you might want to follow up with the traditional, ear wax removal kit (ear drops / flushing), which you can buy at any supermarket. I did and it seems to get that "last bit" of wax out.

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More convetional ways to clean your ears also work such as ear drops and an ear syringe. If you listen to a lot of loud music you ears will produce wax to protect the drum. I found out the hard way in my youth but when I cleaned them out the the improvement was dramatic. Not so much now that listen at more reasonable levels.
 
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actually your ent was totally correct. Sorry, but ear candles are completely bogus.....there have been countless studies done on them. basically the only way you can suck something out of a tube is if there is a hole on the other end. the canal is basically a short tube with a hole only on one end and all the warm suction in the world wont do squat. it is like sucking the water out of a garden hose and then someone closes the other end.....it is just simple physics.

If you think I am wrong, take a watermelon, or a cantelope and punch a small hole in the rind with a pencil. Then do an ear candle on it and you will be BLOWN AWAY buy the tremendous amount of earwax you got out of the melon ;^)

Or if you want to be gross, take the big blob that comes 9out and taste the distal part (the part that is -not- jammed in your ear)....it tastes just like candle wax, not nasty ear wax.

The warmth of the candle makes the wax in your ear softer and more pliable, therefore the motion of your jaw, etc... moves it around and usually that movement allows for a better airflow through the canal...and thus better hearing. (also why you noticed that you needed to use real cerumen removal tools like solvents/flushing devices to get the 'last bits')

I could go on and on about this, but the bottom line is that some alternative medicines are terrific and have a significant amount of grounded results....other stuff is bogus, and ear candles fall in the bogus category.

Chris

ps. as for those that go to concerts, etymonics makes great earplugs that you get fitted and molded for your ears. they come with 8,15, and 25 dB inserts that allow you to dial up or down the attenuation as needed.

Gordon Gray said:
I have used them on several occasions. Pretty amazing!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED / NO NEED FOR CONCERN IF PERFORMED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, AND MUCH BETTER THAN Q-TIPS, which can "PUSH" wax into your ear canal. Not good. I asked my ENT about these candles. He said the wax inside was just the wax from the candles and that these can damage your ear canals. WAY WRONG / DON'T BELIEVE IT!! Just be careful how far you insert the candle tip into your ear.

Additional comment. After using the candles, you might want to follow up with the traditional, ear wax removal kit (ear drops / flushing), which you can buy at any supermarket. I did and it seems to get that "last bit" of wax out.

GG
 

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Whatever

Chris,

I certainly respect your opinion. However, in this case, we can both agree to respectfully disagree. I've done it and know what the results are regardless of the numerous studies you reference. No more comment from me on this issue. Have a good day.

Additional comment. I just re-read your post. Chris, there really is no need to be condescending or or make otherwise disrespectful remarks in this forum. I trust others would agree. It's OK to state a difference of opinion. It's not OK to respond in the manner in which you did. I've enjoyed being a part of this website until now.

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Gordon Gray said:
Chris,

I certainly respect your opinion. However, in this case, we can both agree to respectfully disagree. I've done it and know what the results are regardless of the numerous studies you reference. No more comment from me on this issue. Have a good day.

Additional comment. I just re-read your post. Chris, there really is no need to be condescending or or make otherwise disrespectful remarks in this forum. I trust others would agree. It's OK to state a difference of opinion. It's not OK to respond in the manner in which you did. I've enjoyed being a part of this website until now.

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Well Gordon you've been told by an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist that they don't work. I've been told the same thing. I've also been told why it appears to have worked. Chris pointed it out, your Ear wax dislodges some due to the warmth. So you get to hear better. When you use a medically approved product on it, it takes it right out.

Now I agree Chris went a little overboard with the melons, etc. However I think his brief mention of physics should be realistically considered.

Combining the Ear Candle and the Ear Cleaning kits works because it makes the job easier for the kits. Technically it's not sucking out Ear Wax. The Candle Wax gets discoloured, so when you cut it open the nasty stuff is essentially the Candle Wax. Surely some Ear Wax comes thru the funnel, I understand enough physics that some will.

However your system of using both works. It dislodges and loosens the wax that then gets eradicated by the kits.

My only worry is that your ENT and my ENT both said it could be dangerous to the ear. That is something that is hard to ignore. That may be a much more important message. Obviously clean ears help improve sound. What good medically proven and accepted form of ear cleaning is there?
 

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Hydrogen Peroxide followed by rubbing alcohol will also do the job safely.
 

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cmescia said:
actually your ent was totally correct. Sorry, but ear candles are completely bogus.....there have been countless studies done on them. basically the only way you can suck something out of a tube is if there is a hole on the other end. the canal is basically a short tube with a hole only on one end and all the warm suction in the world wont do squat. it is like sucking the water out of a garden hose and then someone closes the other end.....it is just simple physics.
Before making such strong statements, you should check an anatomy book. The eustachian tubes connect your middle ear to your throat and allow you to equalize air pressure in your ear. I don't know about the "countless studies" since you don't provide any links, but I can say that I have used them and I know that they have worked very well for me. The blob of wax that ended up in the ones I have used was most certainly ear wax -- very different from candle wax.

If the candle were dripping melted candle wax as you suggest, it would travel right through the hollow end of the tube and into the ear. I have never experienced that problem.

For the record, I have also previously used ear wax removal drops and a syringe and warm water wash and that is a reliable and acceptable method to clean the wax out as well.

You are certainly entitled to your opinions about ear candles, but please don't state your opinions as fact.
 
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