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How to Deal With 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 there’s nothing you can do 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 on their own, eventually, you might just give up. But if you have discharge, pain, or the symptoms of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.

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

Another cause of clogged ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this kind of blockage, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. When managing clogged ears, here are some suggestions:

You Can Try Putting Hydrogen Peroxide Drops into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to break up earwax clogs, but it must be applied in your ear properly. Hearing experts recommend that you mix the solution with warm water making certain that the water isn’t too hot and then putting a drop or two in your ear with a pipette. Your ear should be turned upward while you put the drops in your ear and you should stay that way for a few seconds to let the hydrogen peroxide to break down the earwax clog. Ultimately, the blockage should clear up but you might have to repeat the process for a few days.

Sticking Something into Your Ear is Not a Good Way to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the predicament worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clear your ears. Cotton swabs actually force earwax deeper inside your ear canal, which can cause a complete blockage. Even hearing aids and earplugs can, in fact, cause an earwax blockage. To lessen earwax accumulation, you should use cotton swabs only on the outer ear.

Your Allergies Should be Treated

Plugged ears are usually made worse by allergies. Follow your doctor’s advice concerning dealing with your allergies and never forget to take your treatment. Unnecessary allergens should be limited during allergy season specifically but also the rest of the year.

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Clear of it

You shouldn’t stick a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old and very unscientific technique of clearing earwax by inserting a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it. The theory is that earwax is pulled into the hollow space inside the candle when the heat of the flame causes a vacuum. This approach will probably cause more injury and probably won’t help at all. If something doesn’t seem correct, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to consult a specialist. Arbitrarily trying things is a big danger to your hearing.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should give us a call. Unconventional wax removal can result in serious problems in your ears, like a burst eardrum or lasting hearing loss.

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