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

You try swallowing hard and yawning 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 just clear up on their own, eventually, you may just give up. But if you have drainage, discomfort, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a small passageway that attaches 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. You may hear a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you swallow or yawn. A virus, sinus infection or allergy could possibly cause the ear to stay closed, while hormonal changes can make the ear stay open. Both concerns will clear up over 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. This type of ear clog can be cleared with treatments, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing specialist. Here are some suggestions when dealing with plugged ears:

You Can Try Dripping Hydrogen Peroxide Drops in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized to break up earwax clogs, but it must be put in your ear properly. Hearing professionals recommend that you mix the solution with warm water making sure that the water is not too hot and then place a drop or two in your ear with a dropper. Your ear should be turned upward while you place the drops into your ear and you should stay that way for a few seconds to allow the hydrogen peroxide to break down the earwax clog. Eventually, the clog should clear up but you may need to repeat the process for several days.

putting Something into Your Ear is Never a Good Way 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 force earwax deeper into your ear canal, which can cause a total blockage. Even hearing aids and earplugs can, in fact, result in an earwax blockage. Cotton swabs should be used only on your outer ear in order to steer clear of blockage.

Pay Attention to Your Allergies

Blocked ears are usually made worse by allergies. Always take your allergy medicines and follow your doctor’s instructions on how to deal with it. Unnecessary allergens should be avoided during allergy season particularly but also the rest of the year.

Be Suspicious of Home Remedies That Sound Weird

You shouldn’t stick a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old technique of sticking a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. Theoretically, earwax is drawn into the hollow space in the candle when the heat of the flame causes a vacuum. This technique will probably cause more harm and probably won’t help. Don’t forget, if it sounds strange you should consult a specialist. Don’t chance damaging your hearing by simply trying anything.

You should give us a call if your ears don’t clear up. Irreversible hearing loss or a burst eardrum are the sorts of repercussions you could sustain from incorrect 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.