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How to Get Rid of a Blocked Ear

Woman trying to clear a clogged ear by shaking water out of it.

You try to swallow hard and yawn but to no avail, your ears are clogged and you can’t do anything about it. You’ve tried chewing gum, popping your ears, and opening your ear canal with your finger. Hoping your ears will just unclog on their own, eventually, you may just give up. But if you have discharge, soreness, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

A small passageway that links the middle ear to the place behind the nose and controls the pressure to the ears, called the eustachian tube, will get clogged if it stays closed or open for overly long. You may hear a popping and crackling noise in your ears as this tube opens and closes when you swallow or yawn. A virus, sinus infection or allergy could possibly cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can make the ear stay open. It could take your ears a while to return to normal but both issues will recede with time.

Another cause of plugged ears is buildup of earwax. This type of ear clog can be cleared with treatments, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its seriousness. Here are some guidelines when dealing with blocked ears:

Try Droplets of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be applied to break up earwax clogs, but it must be put in your ear correctly. Hearing experts suggest that you mix the solution with warm water making sure that the water isn’t too hot and then putting a drop or two in your ear with a dropper. After you tilt your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be sufficient to dissolve the wax clog. You might need to repeat this a few times a day for a couple of days, but ultimately, the blockage should clear up.

Don’t Stick Anything in Your Ear to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the predicament worse if you attempt to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs can cause complete blockage by forcing the earwax into the eardrum. Even hearing aids and earplugs can, in fact, cause an earwax clog. In order to avoid earwax buildup, you should only use cotton swabs on your outer ear.

Manage Your Allergies

Blocked ears are usually made worse by allergies. Follow your doctor’s advice about how to treat your allergies and never forget to take your medication. Stay away from any unnecessary allergens, specifically during allergy season.

Be Hesitant of Home Remedies That Sound Strange

We probably shouldn’t have to tell you this, but you really should never stick a lit candle into your ear to get rid of a clog caused by wax. Ear candling is an old method of sticking a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. Theoretically, earwax is drawn into the hollow space in the candle when the heat of the flame causes a vacuum. This does not work and you will most likely cause a lot more damage to your ears. If something doesn’t seem correct, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to contact a professional. Arbitrarily trying things is a big risk to your hearing.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should contact us. Improper wax removal can trigger significant problems in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or lasting loss of hearing.

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