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

You try swallowing hard and yawning but it’s no use, your ears are clogged and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve tried opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ear, and even chewing gum. Hoping your ears will simply unclog by themselves, eventually, you might just give up. But if you have discharge, soreness, or the symptoms of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a small passageway that connects your middle ear to the space behind your nose and regulates the air pressure level in your ears, can become clogged if it stays closed or open for longer than it should. You might hear a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you yawn or swallow. A virus or sinus infection might cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can make the ear remain open. It could take your ears a while to return to normal but both issues will go away with time.

Another cause of plugged ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this type of blockage, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its seriousness. When dealing with clogged ears, here are some tips:

Try Drops of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide, if properly used, can break up earwax. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a dropper to slowly put it in your ear is the expert’s recommendation. Your ear should be tipped upward while you place the drops into your ear and you should stay that way for several seconds to allow the hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the earwax blockage. You could need to repeat this a few times a day for a couple of days, but eventually, the blockage should clear up.

Don’t Stick Anything Inside Your Ear to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the situation worse if you attempt to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs actually push earwax deeper into your ear canal, which can cause a complete blockage. In fact, anything that is inserted in your ears can lead to an earwax block, and that includes earplugs and hearing aids. To lessen earwax accumulation, you should use cotton swabs only on your outer ear.

Your Allergies Should be Dealt With

Clogged ears are often made worse by allergies. Always take your allergy medications and follow your doctor’s directions on how to treat it. Unnecessary allergens should be definitely 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 pushing a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it which is very unscientific. The thought is that the heat of the flame creates a vacuum which draws the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This method will most likely cause more harm and probably won’t help. Keep in mind, if it sounds strange you should ask an expert. Arbitrarily trying things is a massive risk to your hearing.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should give us a call. Unconventional wax removal can trigger significant issues in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or permanent hearing loss.

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