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

You try to swallow hard and yawn but it’s no use, 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 stop trying. But if you have drainage, discomfort, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a small passageway that links your middle ear to the space behind your nose and regulates the air pressure in your ears, can become blocked if it stays open or closed for too long. You may notice a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you yawn or swallow. A virus, sinus infection or allergy might cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can cause the ear to stay open. Both issues will go away over time, but it may take quite a long time for your ears to return to normal.

Plugged ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this type of blockage, depending on the seriousness, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. When dealing with clogged ears, here are some suggestions:

You Can Try Dripping Hydrogen Peroxide Drops into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to dissolve earwax clogs, but it must be placed in your ear properly. Hearing experts suggest that you mix the solution with warm water making certain that the water is not too hot and then putting a drop or two in your ear with a pipette. Your ear should be tilted upward while you place the drops in your ear and you should stay that way for a few seconds to allow the hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the earwax clog. Eventually, the blockage should clear up but you may need to repeat the process for several days.

Don’t Stick Anything in Your Ear to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: don’t use a cotton swab to try to unclog your ear, because you will only cause things to get worse. Cotton swabs can cause total blockage by pushing the earwax into the eardrum. In fact, anything that is inserted in your ears could result in an earwax obstruction, and that includes hearing aids and earplugs. In order to prevent earwax buildup, you should use cotton swabs only on the outer ear.

Your Allergies Need to be Managed

Blocked ears are commonly made worse by allergies. Always take your allergy medications and follow your doctor’s directions on how to treat it. Steer clear of any unnecessary allergens, specifically during allergy season.

If a Remedy Sounds Strange, Stay Clear of it

We probably shouldn’t need to tell you this, but you seriously should never put a lit candle in your ear to clean out a clog caused by wax. Ear candling is an old technique of sticking a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. The idea is that the heat from the flame creates a vacuum which draws the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This does not work and you will most likely cause a lot more damage to your ears. If something doesn’t seem accurate, it probably isn’t and it’s best to contact a professional. Don’t risk losing your hearing by just trying things.

When all else fails, you should give us a call. Incorrect wax removal can result in serious problems in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or permanent loss of hearing.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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