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 popping your ear, chewing gum, or trying to open your ear canal with your finger. Hoping your ears will just clear up by themselves, eventually, you may just stop trying. But if you have discharge, soreness, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a little passageway that connects your middle ear to the space behind your nose and controls the air pressure in your ears, can become clogged if it stays closed or open for longer than it should. You might notice a popping and crackling noise in your ears as this tube opens and closes when you yawn or swallow. Normal hormonal changes cause the ear to stay open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to stay closed. Both problems will clear up over time, but it may take quite a while for your ears to return to normal.

Clogged ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. This type of ear blockage can be eliminated with treatments, depending on the severeness, this can be at home or at the hearing specialist. Here are some tips when dealing with plugged ears:

You Can Try Putting Hydrogen Peroxide Drops in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to dissolve earwax clogs, but it must be placed in your ear correctly. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a pipette to slowly put it in your ear is the specialist’s suggestion. After you turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be enough to dissolve the wax blockage. Ultimately, the blockage should clear up but you may need to repeat the process for several days.

Never Clean Your Ear by Sticking Something in it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the predicament worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs can cause complete blockage by pushing the earwax against the eardrum. As a matter of fact, anything that gets inserted in your ears could cause an earwax obstruction, and that includes earplugs and hearing aids. To avoid earwax buildup, you should use cotton swabs only on the outer ear.

Treat Your Allergies

If you have allergies, it can make a clogged ear worse. Follow your doctor’s advice regarding dealing with your allergies and don’t forget to take your treatment. Unneeded allergens should be avoided during allergy season particularly but also the rest of the year.

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Away From it

You shouldn’t put a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old method of sticking a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. The theory is that earwax is pulled into the hollow space in the candle when the heat of the flame creates a vacuum. This technique will likely cause more injury and probably won’t help. If something doesn’t seem correct, it probably isn’t and it’s best to contact a specialist. Don’t chance damaging your hearing by just trying anything.

You should contact us if all else fails. Lasting hearing loss or a burst eardrum are the kinds of repercussions you could suffer from improper earwax removal.

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