Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Treatment – Clear Blocked Ears

Do you need an eustachian tube dysfunction treatment? In this article you will learn about the treatments available and I’m also going to provide you with some home remedies on how to clear blocked ears. Some people may not of ever heard of the eustachian tubes so lets first try to understand what eustachian tube dysfunction treatmentscauses this condition of the ear.

What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is when the eustachian tube stops performing its function properly. This happens when a blockage occurs in the tube resulting in unbalanced pressure on both sides of the eardrum because proper draining does not occur and the tube does not open when it should. Due to this blockage of the eustachian tube, a person can experience:


  1. Muffled hearing

  2. Feeling of pressure in the ears and whenever the affected person swallows, yawns or sneezes, they can feel a popping sensation in the ear.

  3. Severe throbbing of the ears

    Function of Eustachian Tube:

    For the sound to travel through the ear drum, supply of fresh air is essential for the middle ear. Apart from this, another important function this tube carries out is to drain out the mucus from the middle ear…

    This is important because for the sound to travel to the brain, pressure on both sides of the eardrum must be equal. The mucus draining helps to maintain the pressure.

    clear blocked earsBasically, the fundamental function of this tube is to ventilate the middle ear space to make sure that the pressure remains near the normal environmental air pressure.

    This tube is closed when in rest and opens when a person chews, swallows, sneezes or yawns. 

Causes of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction:

The most prominent causes of eustachian tube dysfunction are:

  • Common cold: The common cold is not always “common”. It can lead ear tissues to swell, resulting in an eustachian tube blockage.

  • Ear infection: In case of infection, proper care needs to be taken because it could turn into a severe infection, leading to sharp pain and popping sensations in the ears.

  • Allergies: The type of allergies which result in producing more than the normal  amount of mucus can lead to inflammation of the whole sinus system. This is mainly caused by rose fever and perennial rhinitis, resulting in a blockage of the tube.

  • Glue ear:  A condition known as ‘glue ear’ where a sticky substance, like glue, fills the middle ear. After some time, this liquid falls into the eustachian tube and gets stuck there, resulting in a blocked eustachian tube.

  • Change in altitude: If your ear goes through a sudden altitude change, the eustachian tube becomes restricted. This can happen whilst travelling by air, hiking on mountains, diving or snorkelling.

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction symptoms:

The symptoms of eustachian tube dysfunction are very much similar to that of a cold and flu. These symptoms usually last for about a week but will have normally passed by the 7th day. The symptoms diminish with time but it is possible for them to return with the same or even greater severity. Sometimes the pain in the ear is excruciating and becomes unbearable. It is recommended that if a person is going through the same condition, they must consult a doctor at once because the condition gets worse if not treated on time.

eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms

Some of the eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms include:

  • Muffled or dull hearing

  • Ear feeling tender due to imbalanced pressure on both sides of the ear

  • Dizziness

  • Feeling of ear fullness

  • Popping sensation in the ear

  • Ringing in your ears (Tinnitus)

  • Inner ear pressure


Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Treatment:


The eustachian tube dysfunction treatment depends upon how bad the condition is. In many cases, no treatment is required. Sometimes the muffled or dull hearing lasts only for a week and does not return, this mainly happens after having a common cold which needs no special treatment. If the symptoms of blocked eustachian tubes are causing you a significant amount of stress, then here are some tips that will put your ear at ease:

  • Using steroid ear drops

  • Using steroid nasal spray

  • Taking antihistamine tablets

  • Using decongestant nasal sprays               

  • Surgery is another possible eustachian tube dysfunction treatment but normally only as a last resort, having exhausted all other options.

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Home Remedies for Clogged Eustachian Tube :

People often avoid going to the doctor for just a light irritation in the ear or muffled or dull hearing and they prefer finding a solution for their problems at home. Swallowing and yawning more can help to clear out the blockage of the eustachian tube. Yawning is a strong muscle activator and swallowing activates the muscles in the back of the throat which leads to the opening of the Eustachian tube. For this purpose, you should try chewing gum, drinking or eating. Here are some home remedies to try:

  •  Valsalva maneuver – Breathe in, then breathe out gently (with a closed mouth) and pinch your nose while doing soThis way the air is being pushed into the eustachian tube and you may feel your ears go ‘pop’. Please note that these steps need to be carried out gently.                                                                                                                                  

  • Toynbee maneuver – Pinch your nose while you take a sip of water and swallow. Continue this process until you feel your ears pop.                                                                     

  • Press a covered hot-water bottle or place a therapeutic heating wrap against the blocked ear. This heat therapy will help to decongest the blockage, whilst also relieving the pain.                                                                                                                              

  • Eustachi – The Eustachian Tube Exerciser device is a quality product that helps unblock the eustachian tubes by assisting with your body’s natural mechanisms (swallowing and yawning) to instantly relieve you of pain.

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If your condition is not that severe, these home remedies will help you save time and money. But if after trying all these methods, the dizziness or dull hearing symptoms do not diminish, it is recommended that you must go and see a doctor.

You must be aware of the fact that even small symptoms can lead to big health problems. One must always be careful of what is happening in his/her body. If you are continuously suffering from a cold, feeling dizzy and are having pain in the ear, you should understand that the condition can get worse and should immediately seek medical help on first priority.

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  1. Huh, I have this. Although I have never been formally diagnosed I clear mine all the time. It actually drives my family crazy LOL. I know I don’t hear 100% but I have been on steroids many times for other diagnoses and it has never corrected the problem. Would this more than likely be something I would have to have surgery for?

    • Hi Teresa, It depends on how severe you symptoms are. I have read about some cases where even surgery didn’t correct the problem so I would personally only ever consider it as a last resort. I am currently writing a review on a product called Eustachi, which exercisers the eustachian tubes. This worked wonders on me, so it might be something for you to consider. It doesn’t work for everyone but 80% of customers who use it believe it to be a miracle worker. Hope this will be helpful for you.

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