You try to swallow hard and yawn but to no avail, your ears are clogged and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve attempted opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ears, and chewing gum. Sooner or later, you might contemplate giving up and just keep your fingers crossed your ear clears up on its own. But if you have drainage, soreness, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.
A little passageway that connects the middle ear to the place behind the nose and regulates the pressure that goes the ears, called the eustachian tube, will get clogged if it stays closed or open for overly long. You may hear a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you swallow or yawn. Common hormonal changes cause the ear to remain open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to stay closed. Both concerns will go away over time, but it might take quite a long time for your ears to return to normal.
Clogged ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this type of blockage, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its intensity. Here are some tips when dealing with plugged ears:
Try Droplets of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ear
Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized to dissolve earwax blockages, but it must be placed in your ear properly. Hearing professionals suggest 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. After you turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be enough to break up the wax blockage. Eventually, the clog should clear but you may have to repeat the process for several days.
Don’t Put Anything Inside Your Ear to Clean it
Seriously, this is worth repeating: it will only make the predicament worse if you attempt to use a cotton swab to clear your ears. 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. In order to lessen earwax buildup, you should use cotton swabs only on the outer ear.
Manage Your Allergies
If you suffer from allergies, it can make a plugged ear worse. Take your allergy medications and follow your doctor’s directions on how to deal with it. Unnecessary allergens should be limited during allergy season specifically but also the rest of the year.
Be Suspicious of Home Remedies That Sound Weird
We probably shouldn’t have to tell you this, but you seriously should not stick a lit candle in your ear in order to clear away an earwax clog. Ear candling is an old and very pseudo-scientific way of clearing earwax by sticking a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it. In theory, earwax is pulled into the hollow space in the candle when the heat of the flame creates a vacuum. This doesn’t work and you will likely cause a lot more injury to your ears. Remember, if it sounds wrong you should ask a professional. Don’t chance losing your hearing by merely trying things.
You should contact us if all else fails. Improper wax removal can cause significant issues in your ears, like a ruptured eardrum or long-term loss of hearing.