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

We’ve all been there, the annoying feeling when your ear is clogged and no amount of swallowing and yawning can make it feel better. You’ve attempted opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ear, and even chewing gum. Eventually, you might consider giving up and just keep your fingers crossed your ear unclogs on its own. But if you have drainage, pain, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

A small passageway that links the middle ear to the place behind the nose and controls the pressure that goes the ears, called the eustachian tube, will get clogged if it remains open or closed for overly long. You might notice a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you yawn or swallow. Common hormonal changes cause the ear to stay open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to remain closed. Both issues will go away over time, but it may take quite a while for your ears to return to normal.

Another cause of clogged ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this kind of blockage, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. Here are some tips when dealing with blocked ears:

You Can Try Dripping Hydrogen Peroxide Drops into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to dissolve earwax blockages, but it must be put in your ear properly. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a dropper to carefully put it in your ear is the professional’s suggestion. After you turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be sufficient to break up the wax clog. You could have to repeat this a few times a day for a couple of days, but eventually, the blockage should clear up.

Never Clean Your Ear by Putting Something inside it

This can’t be overstated: don’t use a cotton swab to try and clean your ear, because you will only make things worse. Cotton swabs can cause total blockage by pushing the earwax against the eardrum. In fact, anything that gets inserted in your ears could cause an earwax obstruction, and that includes earplugs and hearing aids. Cotton swabs should be used only on your outer ear in order to steer clear of blockage.

Your Allergies Need to be Treated

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

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Away From it

You shouldn’t stick a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old practice of inserting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. The belief is that the heat of the flame creates a vacuum which pulls the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This doesn’t work and you will likely cause a lot more harm to your ears. If something doesn’t seem correct, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to contact a specialist. Don’t chance losing your hearing by merely trying things.

You should call us if your ears don’t clear up. Unconventional wax removal can cause significant issues in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or permanent hearing loss.

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

We’ve all been there, the annoying feeling when your ear is clogged and no amount of swallowing and yawning can make it feel better. You’ve attempted opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ear, and even chewing gum. Eventually, you might consider giving up and just keep your fingers crossed your ear unclogs on its own. But if you have drainage, pain, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

A small passageway that links the middle ear to the place behind the nose and controls the pressure that goes the ears, called the eustachain tube, will get clogged if it remains open or closed for overly long. You might notice a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you yawn or swallow. Common hormonal changes cause the ear to stay open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to remain closed. Both issues will go away over time, but it may take quite a while for your ears to return to normal.

Another cause of clogged ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this kind of blockage, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. Here are some tips when dealing with blocked ears:

You Can Try Dripping Hydrogen Peroxide Drops into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be used to dissolve earwax blockages, but it must be put in your ear properly. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a dropper to carefully put it in your ear is the professional’s suggestion. After you turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be sufficient to break up the wax clog. You could have to repeat this a few times a day for a couple of days, but eventually, the blockage should clear up.

Never Clean Your Ear by Putting Something inside it

This can’t be overstated: don’t use a cotton swab to try and clean your ear, because you will only make things worse. Cotton swabs can cause total blockage by pushing the earwax against the eardrum. In fact, anything that gets inserted in your ears could cause an earwax obstruction, and that includes earplugs and hearing aids. Cotton swabs should be used only on your outer ear in order to steer clear of blockage.

Your Allergies Need to be Treated

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

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Away From it

You shouldn’t stick a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old practice of inserting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. The belief is that the heat of the flame creates a vacuum which pulls the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This doesn’t work and you will likely cause a lot more harm to your ears. If something doesn’t seem correct, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to contact a specialist. Don’t chance losing your hearing by merely trying things.

You should call us if your ears don’t clear up. Unconventional wax removal can cause significant issues in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or permanent hearing loss.

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