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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 simply unclog on their own, eventually, you may just give up. But if you have discharge, soreness, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be a bad idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a small passageway that links your middle ear to the space behind your nose and controls the air pressure in your ears, can get clogged if it stays open or closed for longer than it should. You may notice a popping and crackling noise in your ears as this tube opens and closes when you yawn or swallow. A virus, sinus infection or allergy could possibly cause the ear to stay closed, while hormonal changes can make the ear remain open. It may take your ears a while to return to normal but both issues will go away with time.

Another cause of blocked ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this kind of blockage, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its severity. Here are a few guidelines when dealing with blocked ears:

Try Droplets of Hydrogen Peroxide Into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized to break up earwax blockages, but it must be applied in your ear properly. Hearing professionals suggest that you mix the solution with warm water making sure that the water isn’t too hot and then putting a drop or two in your ear with a dropper. Your ear should be tipped upward while you place the drops in your ear and you should stay that way for several seconds to let the hydrogen peroxide to break down the earwax blockage. Ultimately, the clog should clear up but you may have to repeat the process for several days.

Don’t Stick Anything in Your Ear to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the predicament worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clear 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. To prevent earwax buildup, you should use cotton swabs only on your outer ear.

Manage Your Allergies

Blocked ears are often made worse by allergies. Follow your doctor’s directions regarding managing your allergies and don’t forget to take your treatment. Unneeded allergens should be avoided during allergy season particularly but also the rest of the year.

If a Remedy Sounds Strange, Avoid it

You should not put a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old and very pseudo-scientific technique of removing earwax by putting a hollow candle into your ear and lighting it. The theory is that earwax is drawn into the hollow space inside the candle when the heat of the flame causes a vacuum. This method will likely cause more damage and probably won’t do any good. If something doesn’t sound accurate, it probably isn’t and it’s best to consult a specialist. Arbitrarily trying things is a massive risk to your hearing.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should give us a call. Permanent hearing loss or a burst eardrum are the sorts of repercussions you could experience from improper earwax removal.

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