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

We’ve all had the experience, the annoying feeling when your ear is clogged and no amount of yawning and swallowing can help it. You’ve attempted popping your ear, chewing gum, or trying to open your ear canal with your finger. Sooner or later, you might think about giving up and just hope your ear unclogs by itself. But if you have drainage, soreness, or the symptoms of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.

A little passageway that connects the middle ear to the space behind the nose and regulates the pressure to the ears, called the eustachian tube, will become blocked if it remains closed or open for overly long. You may hear a popping and crackling noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you swallow or yawn. Typical hormonal changes cause the ear to stay open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to stay closed. Both problems will go away over time, but it could take quite a long time for your ears to return to normal.

Another cause of blocked ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this type of blockage, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its intensity. When dealing with blocked ears, here are some guidelines:

You Can Try Putting Hydrogen Peroxide Drops in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be applied 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 sure that the water is not too hot and then putting a drop or two into your ear with a dropper. Your ear should be turned upward as you put the drops into your ear and you should keep it that way for several seconds to allow the hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the earwax blockage. Ultimately, the blockage should clear but you might need to repeat the process for a few days.

putting Something in Your Ear is Never a Good Way to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: never use a cotton swab to try to clean your ear, because you will only worsen the problem. Cotton swabs can cause complete blockage by forcing the earwax against the eardrum. Actually, anything that gets inserted in your ears could result in an earwax blockage, including earplugs and hearing aids. Cotton swabs should be used only on your outer ear so that you can avoid causing blockage.

Your Allergies Need to be Managed

If you have allergies, it can cause a plugged ear to get worse. Follow your doctor’s advice concerning managing your allergies and never forget to take your treatment. Unneeded allergens should be avoided during allergy season specifically but also the rest of the year.

Be Hesitant of Home Remedies That Sound Weird

You shouldn’t put a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old method of inserting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. The theory is that earwax is drawn into the hollow space in the candle when the heat of the flame creates a vacuum. This technique will most likely 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 contact a professional. Don’t risk damaging your hearing by merely trying anything.

You should give us a call if your ears don’t clear up. Incorrect wax removal can result in severe problems in your ears, like a burst eardrum or irreversible loss of hearing.

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