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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 you can’t do anything about it. You’ve attempted popping your ear, chewing gum, or trying to open your ear canal with your finger. Hoping your ears will simply unclog by themselves, eventually, you might just give up. But if you have drainage, pain, or the symptoms of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a little passageway that links your middle ear to the space behind your nose and controls the air pressure level in your ears, can become clogged if it stays closed or open for too long. The tube naturally opens and closes as you yawn or swallow, which you might notice by a crackling noise or pop in your ears. Typical hormonal changes cause the ear to stay open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to stay closed. It might take your ears a while to go back to normal but both issues will recede over time.

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

Try Drops of Hydrogen Peroxide Into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide, if properly applied, can break up earwax. Hearing professionals suggest that you mix the solution with warm water making certain that the water is not too hot and then putting a drop or two in your ear with a pipette. After you turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be enough to break up the wax clog. Ultimately, the blockage should clear up but you may have to repeat the process for a few days.

putting Something in Your Ear is Not The Right Way to Clean it

Seriously, this is worth repeating: it will only make the situation worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs can cause total blockage by forcing the earwax into the eardrum. Even earplugs and hearing aids can, in fact, result in an earwax blockage. To prevent earwax buildup, you should only use cotton swabs on your outer ear.

Pay Attention to Your Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, it can make a plugged ear worse. Take your allergy medications and follow your doctor’s advice on how to treat it. Unneeded allergens should be limited during allergy season especially but also the rest of the year.

Be Suspicious of Home Remedies That Sound Strange

It probably goes without saying, but you seriously should not stick a lit candle in your ear in order to clear away an earwax blockage. Ear candling is an old method of inserting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. In theory, earwax is pulled into the hollow space inside the candle when the heat of the flame creates a vacuum. This does not work and you will most likely cause a lot more damage to your ears. Remember, if it sounds strange you should ask a professional. Don’t chance damaging your hearing by simply trying things.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should give us a call. Lasting loss of hearing or a ruptured eardrum are the sorts of consequences you could experience from improper earwax removal.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.