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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 chewing gum, popping your ears, and opening your ear canal with your finger. At some point, you may contemplate giving up and just hope your ear clears up on its own. But if you have drainage, discomfort, or the symptoms of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.

Your Eustachian tube, a small passageway that connects your middle ear to the space behind your nose and controls the air pressure in your ears, can get plugged if it stays closed or open for too long. The tube normally opens and closes as you yawn or swallow, which you might notice by a crackling noise or pop in your ears. Normal hormonal changes cause the ear to remain open and viruses or ear infections will cause the ear to stay closed. It could take your ears a while to go back to normal but both problems will recede over time.

Blocked ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this type of clog, depending on the severeness, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. Here are some tips when dealing with plugged ears:

You Can Try Dripping Hydrogen Peroxide Drops in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized to break up earwax clogs, but it must be put in your ear correctly. Mixing the peroxide with luke warm water and using a pipette to slowly put it in your ear is the expert’s recommendation. After you tilt your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be enough to break up the wax blockage. You may need to do this several times a day for a couple of days, but eventually, the clog should clear.

Don’t Put Anything in Your Ear to Clean it

This can’t be overstated: don’t use a cotton swab to try to clean your ear, because you will only cause things to get worse. Cotton swabs actually push 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 only be used on your outer ear so that you can steer clear of blockage.

Treat Your Allergies

If you have allergies, it can make a clogged ear worse. Always take your allergy medications and follow your doctor’s directions on how to treat it. Avoid any unneeded allergens, specifically during allergy season.

Be Hesitant of Home Remedies That Sound Strange

You shouldn’t put a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old and very unscientific way of clearing earwax by putting a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it. The belief is that the heat from the flame produces a vacuum which forces the earwax into the hollow space in the candle. This method will probably cause more harm and probably won’t help. Don’t forget, if it sounds wrong you should ask a professional. Don’t risk losing your hearing by simply trying things.

You should contact us if your ears don’t clear up. Long lasting loss of hearing or a burst eardrum are the kinds of repercussions you could sustain from incorrect earwax removal.