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Blocked Ears Home Remedies – causes and symptoms

eustachian tube exercises

Before we learn about blocked ears home remedies, let us understand the causes and symptoms that lead us to develop this problem.

Blocked and clogged ears refer to a sensation of fullness or pressure in the ears caused due to the obstruction of eustachian tubes connecting the back of the nose with the middle ears. This might be accompanied with some ear pain, muffled sense of hearing, crackling sound, etc.

Causes Of Blocked Ears

Blocked ears can be caused due to various reasons. Some of the most common causes of blocked Ears include: 

  • Accumulation of Wax in the External Ear Canal: Excessive wax in the external ear canal may result in earwax impaction, resulting in blocked ears.

  • Water Entering the Ear: When water enters and remains inside the ear during activities like swimming or showering, it can cause blocked ears.

  • Hay fever: When suffering from hay fever, your body creates excessive amounts of histamine resulting in inflammation of the throat and ears and especially of the eustachian tube.

  • Presence of Tumor in the Ear: A tumor within the external ear canal may also cause a blockage to the ear.

  • Change in Altitude: Change in air pressure on either side of the eardrum may take place with a change in altitude. This can happen during air travel, diving, or even driving through mountains, resulting in clogged ears accompanied by swollen eustachian tube.

  • Ear Infection: Growth of bacteria or fungi can result in acute ear infection leading to blocked ears.

    Blocked ear causes 

Symptoms of Blocked Ears

Depending upon the cause, clogged ears can have various symptoms. To name a few are:

  • Sore throat

  • Ear ache

  • Ringing ear feeling

  • Decreased hearing

  • Dizziness, numbness

  • Feeling of fullness in the ear

  • Ear popping

Treatment of Clogged and Blocked Ears

Treatment of blocked ears depends on its cause. Let us have a look at some of the treatments to cure clogged or blocked ears:

• In case of a tumor within the ear canal,  blocked ears can be treated by removing it through surgery.

• If there is excessive ear wax, you may try dissolving ear drops for clogged ears so as to soften the wax and can take the help of a doctor to remove it.

• To treat an infection, you may need antibiotics or antibiotics ear drops.

If you suffer from swollen eustachian tubes, decongestant nose drops may help. However, you should always consult your doctor first and avoid prolong use of these drops.

• For blocked ears caused by a change in altitude, close your mouth, pinch your nose and breathe out forcefully. This will help relieve the pressure difference. You can also try repeated yawning and chewing.

Blocked Ears Home Remedies

apple cider vinegar for blocked earsThere are various home remedies on how to unclog ears. Some of them include:

  1. Mix equal amount of alcohol and apple cider vinegar and put a few drops into your ear. After a few minutes, drain it by tilting your ear.

  2. Placing a heating pad or a warm washcloth for 5 to 10 minutes on the affected ear can also help relief pain and unblock your ears.

  3. Repeatedly gargle with the mixture of warm water and a teaspoon of salt. This will help unclog your ears.

  4. Add a few drops of lukewarm olive oil or garlic oil into your ear canal and remain in a tilted position for 6-8 minutes. This can also help in clearing a blocked ear.

  5. Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and inhaling it can help in unclogging blocked ears. Try filling a bowl with steaming hot water, add a few drops of Tea tree oil and then cover your head with a towel and breathe slowly.  

  6. Use a humidifier in your room and sleep in an upright position can also help unclog your ears.

  7. Eustachi – Eustachian Tube Exerciser device is a quality product that helps unblock ears by assisting with your body’s natural mechanisms (swallowing and yawning) in clearing blocked ears.

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    I hope that by reading this article you have been able to find a solution for your blocked ear problem. If you have used one of these methods, or maybe another to treat blocked ears please share your experiences and leave a comment below.                      

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12 Comments

  1. I found your article very interesting, funny how we experience some things such as blocked ears and never really think what might be causing the problem? Most of us just focus on how to get rid of the problem, I found it interesting hay fever can cause blocked ears and since I suffer from hay fever and it is almost that time of the year I will keep this article in mind

  2. Hello there! I got blocked ear right now and it is very annoying. It changes my mood since I can’t hear on my left ear. I’ve been having this for a day now and I searched some remedies but it doesn’t work on me. I read your article about blocked ear remedies and some of the causes of it. I don’t know if it’s because I have runny nose or if it’s ear wax inside my ear. I will try to ask my sister to check if I have ear wax and try to use your remedies. Thank you for sharing this information.

    • Thank you for your comment John. I agree that if the problem persists, it can have an affect on your mood. I hope you can take something from this article, that will help you with your blocked ear.

  3. Great article – there’s nothing worse than having a blocked ear! I once went on holidays and my ear plugged up on the flight. After a few days of going crazy, I bought myself an ear syringe and filled it with water, and was finally able to unclog it. It’s great to know there’s many more ways of naturally unclogging your ears!

  4. A friend of mine’s ears plug up pretty regular so when he is at the doctor he gets them flushed out with the syringe. I guess it is amazing the junk that can come out of his ears. He works in a machining shop so he wears ear protection all the time. He usually uses those foam earplugs. Could that be the reason for such a big buildup of earwax?
    Thanks for the great info Lee!

    • Hi Maureen and thank you for commenting. I have also worked in noisy environments where it is necessary to wear ear protection. I don’t believe it made a difference for me but I have not researched this. What I do know is that everyone is different and some people naturally produce more earwax than others, so I would suggest this may be the reason for your friends problem.

  5. An interesting article. My ears were blocked the other day. Placed drops of oil in them for a week to loosen what I thought to be a build-up of wax.

    Went to the doctor and was told that there was no wax and that the drops of oil must have cleared the ears.

    Funny thing is that they still feel a little block but when I massage them from the outside of the ear under the lobe, they seem to clear for a while.

    Could just be old age 🙂

    • Hi Roy, thanks for commenting. I may be wrong but with what you have told me, you may have blocked eustachian tubes. One way of helping to clear the eustachian tubes is to massage under the ear lobe but often this is just a temporary fix and your ears will start to feel blocked again, after a short while. If this problem persists you may want to seek further advice from your doctor. 

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