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You try swallowing hard and yawning but to no avail, your ears are clogged and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve tried opening your ear canal with your finger, popping your ears, and chewing gum. Eventually, you may think about giving up and just keep your fingers crossed your ear clears up by itself. And honestly, you wouldn’t be incorrect to try waiting a while to see if the situation clears up on its own unless, of course, you have pain, discharge, or other signs of an infection.

A little passageway that links the middle ear to the place behind the nose and regulates the pressure to the ears, called the eustachian tube, will get clogged if it remains open or closed for overly long. You might hear a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube opens and closes when you swallow or yawn. A sinus infection, allergy or virus could cause the ear to stay closed, while hormonal changes can cause the ear to remain open. It might take your ears a little while to go back to normal but both problems will recede over time.

Another cause of plugged ears is buildup of earwax. Ear treatment can clear this type of clog, either at home or at a hearing specialist depending on its seriousness. Here are some recommendations when dealing with blocked ears:

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 correctly. Hearing specialists recommend that you mix the solution with warm water making certain that the water isn’t too hot and then putting a drop or two into your ear with a dropper. Your ear should be turned upward as you put the drops in your ear and you should keep it that way for several seconds to allow the hydrogen peroxide to break down the earwax clog. Eventually, the clog should clear 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 attempt to use a cotton swab to clean your ears. Cotton swabs actually push earwax deeper into your ear canal, which can cause a complete blockage. Even earplugs and hearing aids can, in fact, result in an earwax clog. Cotton swabs should only be used on your outer ear so that you can steer clear of blockage.

Treat Your Allergies

Clogged ears are usually made worse by allergies. Follow your doctor’s instructions concerning dealing with your allergies and never forget to take your medication. Steer clear of any unnecessary allergens, particularly during allergy season.

If a Remedy Sounds Odd, Stay Away From it

It probably goes without saying, but you certainly should not stick a lit candle into your ear to clean out an earwax blockage. 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 belief is that the heat from the flame produces a vacuum which draws the earwax into the hollow tube in the candle. This approach will most likely cause more damage and probably won’t help at all. If something doesn’t seem right, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to contact a specialist. Don’t chance losing your hearing by simply trying anything.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should contact us. Long lasting hearing loss or a ruptured eardrum are the sorts of consequences you could experience from incorrect earwax removal.