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How do You Deal With it if Your Ears Get Blocked?

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

We’ve all been there, the annoying feeling when your ear is clogged and no amount of yawning and swallowing can help it. You’ve tried chewing gum, popping your ears, and opening your ear canal with your finger. Hoping your ears will just unclog by themselves, at some point you may just stop trying. And honestly, you wouldn’t be incorrect to attempt to wait a while to see if the problem goes away on its own unless, of course, you have discomfort, drainage, or other signs of an infection.

A little passageway that links the middle ear to the space behind the nose and controls the pressure to the ears, called the eustachian tube, will become clogged if it remains open or closed for overly long. You might hear a popping and crackling noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you swallow or yawn. A , virus or sinus infection might cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can make the ear stay open. Both issues will clear up with time, but it might take quite a while for your ears to get back to normal.

Blocked ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this kind of clog, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing specialist. Here are a few tips when dealing with clogged ears:

Try Drops of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide, if correctly employed, can break up earwax. Hearing specialists recommend 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 turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be enough to break up the wax blockage. Eventually, the blockage should clear up but you might need to repeat the process for several days.

Never Clean Your Ear by Putting Something inside it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the situation worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs actually push earwax deeper into your ear canal, which can cause a total blockage. As a matter of fact, anything that is inserted in your ears can easily cause an earwax block, including hearing aids and earplugs. In order to avoid earwax accumulation, you should use cotton swabs only on your outer ear.

Manage Your Allergies

If you have allergies, it can cause a clogged ear to get worse. Take your allergy treatments and follow your doctor’s directions on how to manage it. Avoid any unneeded allergens, especially during allergy season.

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Away From it

It probably goes without saying, but you seriously should never stick a lit candle into your ear to clean out an earwax blockage. Ear candling is an old and very pseudo-scientific technique of clearing earwax by putting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it. Theoretically, earwax is drawn into the hollow space in the candle when the heat of the flame creates a vacuum. This approach will likely cause more harm and probably won’t help at all. If something doesn’t sound accurate, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to consult a specialist. Arbitrarily trying anything is a big danger to your hearing.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should call us. Unconventional wax removal can lead to severe problems in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or irreversible hearing loss.

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