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

We’ve all had the experience, the uncomfortable feeling when your ear is clogged and no amount of yawning and swallowing can make it feel better. You’ve tried popping your ear, chewing gum, or trying to open your ear canal with your finger. At some point, you might think about giving up and just hope your ear clears up by itself. And honestly, you wouldn’t be wrong to attempt to wait a little bit to see if the situation goes away by itself unless, of course, you have pain, drainage, or other signs of an infection.

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 get clogged if it remains open or closed for too long. You may notice a popping and crackling noise in your ears as this tube opens and closes when you swallow or yawn. Typical hormonal changes cause the ear to remain open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to remain closed. Both problems will go away with time, but it might take quite a long time for your ears to get back to normal.

Blocked ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this kind of clog, depending on the seriousness, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. Here are a few recommendations when dealing with blocked ears:

Try Droplets of Hydrogen Peroxide Into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide, if correctly used, can dissolve earwax. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a pipette to carefully put it in your ear is the expert’s suggestion. Your ear should be turned upward while you place the drops into your ear and you should keep it that way for several seconds to allow the hydrogen peroxide to break down the earwax clog. You may need to repeat this a few times a day for a couple of days, but eventually, the clog should clear up.

Don’t Put Anything Inside Your Ear to Clean it

Seriously, this is worth repeating: it will only make the situation worse if you attempt 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. Cotton swabs should be used only on your outer ear so that you can steer clear of blockage.

Your Allergies Should be Managed

Clogged ears are usually made worse by allergies. Always take your allergy medicines and follow your doctor’s guidelines on how to manage it. Stay away from any unneeded allergens, especially during allergy season.

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Clear of it

You should not put a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old technique of sticking a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it which is extremely unscientific. Theoretically, earwax is drawn into the hollow space inside the candle when the heat of the flame causes a vacuum. This doesn’t work and you will probably cause a lot more harm to your ears. If something doesn’t sound accurate, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to contact a specialist. Arbitrarily trying things is a massive danger to your hearing.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should contact us. Unconventional wax removal can cause significant problems in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or long-term loss of hearing.

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