Re: Major bubbles, TMJ and sinus trouble. Candeling the ears?
My ENT says candling is not only a waste of money, it can be dangerous--you can get a serious burn from hot wax. if you do have excess earwax, it should be cleaned out by a doctor. The gunk you see after ear candling is usually candle wax that was oxidized. There are ways to decongest that do not involve stimulants like Sudafed--ask your doc about Nasalcrom (OTC) or prescription nasal steroid sprays. If you have nasal allergies, these sprays could desensitize the nasal mucosa and lessen the amount of secretions that could be making their way up the eustachian tubes into the middle ear. Ask him or her if you can also take antihistamines (but be careful with these as they can make tinnitus worse even as they keep your tubes clear). Keep hydrated, too--my neurotologist told me that my hearing distortion is not neurological in origin but due to excess fluid in my inner ear. Dehydration can actually make you retain water, and your body releases it into the intercellular spaces in the tissues--causing swelling and fluid retention where you least want it. He's having me restrict sodium to 2gm/day (which is not all that drastic) and eventually cut out caffeine (the toughest thing to kick, as I need it for my lungs). I've started hydrating (drinking a glass of water every 1-2 hrs I'm awake) and it's making a huge difference--I'm beginning to hear instruments almost the way they're supposed to sound again. I may never ditch my tinnitus--which I've had ever since early childhood--but it's pretty mild to begin with (the only thing it interferes with is testing my ultrahigh-frequency hearing) and I can live with that (have already for over half a century).