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

You try swallowing hard and yawning but it’s no use, your ears are clogged and you can’t do anything about it. You’ve tried opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ear, and even chewing gum. Eventually, you may think about giving up and just keep your fingers crossed your ear unclogs by itself. But if you have discharge, 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 to the ears, called the eustachian tube, will become plugged if it stays closed or open for too long. The tube naturally closes and opens as you yawn or swallow, which you may notice by a crackling sound or pop in your ears. A virus, allergy or sinus infection might cause the ear to stay closed, while hormonal changes can cause the ear to remain open. It might take your ears a while to go back to normal but both issues will go away with time.

Another cause of blocked ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this kind of blockage, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its seriousness. When managing blocked ears, here are some suggestions:

You Can Try Putting Hydrogen Peroxide Drops into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be applied to break up earwax blockages, but it must be placed in your ear properly. Hearing specialists suggest that you mix the solution with warm water making certain that the water isn’t 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 sufficient to break up the wax clog. Eventually, the blockage should clear but you may have to repeat the process for several days.

Never Clean Your Ear by Putting Something in it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the situation worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs actually force earwax deeper into your ear canal, which can cause a complete 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 avoid causing blockage.

Manage Your Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, it can cause a blocked ear to get worse. Follow your doctor’s directions regarding managing your allergies and don’t forget to take your treatment. Stay away from any unneeded allergens, particularly during allergy season.

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Clear of it

It probably goes without saying, but you really should not put a lit candle into your ear to get rid of a clog caused by wax. Ear candling is an old and very pseudo-scientific method of removing earwax by putting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it. The thought is that the heat of the flame produces a vacuum which draws the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This approach will likely cause more harm and probably won’t help. If something doesn’t sound correct, it probably isn’t and it’s best to contact a professional. Randomly trying things is a huge danger to your hearing.

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