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 opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ears, and chewing gum. Eventually, you may contemplate giving up and just hope your ear unclogs by itself. And honestly, you wouldn’t be incorrect to try waiting a little bit to see if the situation clears up by itself unless, of course, you have soreness, discharge, or other signs of an infection.
A little passageway that links the middle ear to the place behind the nose and controls the pressure to the ears, called the eustachian tube, will get clogged if it stays open or closed for overly long. The tube naturally closes and opens as you yawn or swallow, which you might notice by a crackling noise or pop in your ears. A virus, allergy or sinus infection could possibly cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can cause the ear to remain open. It might take your ears a little while to return to normal but both problems will go away with time.
Another cause of plugged ears is buildup of earwax. This type of ear clog can be cleared with treatments, depending on the seriousness, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. Here are a few suggestions when dealing with blocked ears:
Try Droplets of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ear
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to break up earwax clogs, but it must be put in your ear correctly. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a dropper to slowly put it in your ear is the specialist’s recommendation. Your ear should be tipped upward as you put the drops into your ear and you should keep it that way for a few seconds to let the hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the earwax clog. Eventually, the clog should clear but you may have to repeat the process for several days.
Never Clean Your Ear by Sticking Something in it
Seriously, this is worth restating: never use a cotton swab to try to clean your ear, because you will only make things worse. Cotton swabs can cause total blockage by pushing the earwax against the eardrum. Even earplugs and hearing aids can, in fact, result in an earwax blockage. To lessen earwax accumulation, you should only use cotton swabs on the outer ear.
Pay Attention to Your Allergies
Plugged ears are usually made worse by allergies. Take your allergy treatments and follow your doctor’s guidelines on how to treat it. Avoid any unnecessary allergens, specifically during allergy season.
Be Leery of Home Remedies That Sound Odd
You should not stick a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old practice of pushing a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it which is very unscientific. The thought is that the heat from the flame produces a vacuum which pulls the earwax into the hollow space in the candle. This approach will most likely cause more damage and probably won’t do any good. Keep in mind, if it sounds strange you should consult a professional. Arbitrarily trying things is a huge risk to your hearing.
You should give us a call if all else fails. Improper wax removal can trigger severe issues in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or long-term loss of hearing.