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 contemplate giving up and just keep your fingers crossed your ear unclogs by itself. And honestly, you wouldn’t be incorrect to attempt to wait a while to see if the situation goes away on its own unless, of course, you have discomfort, drainage, or other signs of an infection.

Your Eustachian tube, a small passageway that attaches your middle ear to the space behind your nose and regulates the air pressure in your ears, can get clogged if it stays open or closed for longer than it should. The tube naturally closes and opens as you yawn or swallow, which you may notice by a crackling noise or pop in your ears. A virus, sinus infection or allergy might cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can make the ear stay open. Both problems will clear up with time, but it may take quite a while for your ears to return to normal.

Blocked ears can also be caused by a buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can eliminate this type of blockage, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing professional. When dealing with clogged ears, here are some tips:

You Can Try Putting Hydrogen Peroxide Drops in Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide can be utilized to dissolve earwax clogs, 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 putting a drop or two in your ear with a pipette. Your ear should be tipped upward while you put the drops in your ear and you should stay that way for several seconds to let the hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the earwax blockage. Ultimately, the clog should clear but you might need to repeat the process for a few days.

Never Clean Your Ear by Putting Something in it

This can’t be overstated: it will only make the predicament worse if you try to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs actually push earwax deeper into your ear canal, which can cause a total blockage. As a matter of fact, anything that gets inserted in your ears can result in an earwax blockage, and that includes earplugs and hearing aids. To prevent earwax buildup, you should only use cotton swabs on your outer ear.

Your Allergies Need to be Managed

If you have allergies, it can make a blocked ear worse. Follow your doctor’s directions about how to treat your allergies and never forget to take your medication. Avoid any unneeded allergens, especially during allergy season.

Be Leery of Home Remedies That Sound Weird

You should not stick a lit candle in your ear which should go without saying. Ear candling is an old and very unscientific method of removing earwax by inserting a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it. The belief is that the heat of the flame causes a vacuum which draws the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This does not work and you will probably cause a lot more damage to your ears. If something doesn’t sound correct, it probably isn’t and it’s best to contact a specialist. Don’t chance losing your hearing by simply trying things.

You should give us a call if all else fails. Incorrect wax removal can result in severe issues in your ears, like a burst eardrum or irreversible hearing loss.