6 Ways to Get Rid of Clogged Ear

Have you ever felt like your ears have been covered by something or blocked? It may be clogging of ear. It is a quite common problem especially when you are inside a closed compartments like trams, car, bus or plane. If you have a clogged ear, you:

  • cannot hear properly,
  • experience buzzing in the ears,
  • feel uneasy around the ears.

Now we know what happens when we have clogged ears. But what may be the reasons behind this problem? There are various causes for clogged ears.

Causes of Clogged Ears

Your ear clogging can have various cause including ear wax, infections or any surrounding effects. Some of the major causes are listed below.

Ear Wax Build-Up

Clogged ears can be caused by residual wax in your ears. While wax is produced by your ears in order to protect your ear from infections, moisture, insects etc., too much wax cannot be cleared by your ears naturally and stays as a residue.

Itchy and clogged ears are generally the sign of excessive wax in your ears. It is very important to clean out the wax before it results in clogged ears and irritating buzzes and sensations from your ear drum.

Ear Infection

There can be cases when you don’t have wax in your ear but still the clogging persists. And if pain or swelling also accompanies this condition, chances are you have an ear infection.

Discomfort or pain of any kind is a major sign of infection. Common ear infections like Swimmer’s ear is very likely to cause discomfort or swelling of ears.

Common ear infections like Swimmer’s ear is very likely to cause discomfort or swelling of ears.

Colds/ Sinuses

Nose becomes stuffed up when you are suffering from cold. This blocks your nasal passage and also blocks the Eustachian tube which connects your ears to your nose.

Moisture gets trapped in your inner ear which leads to ear infection and hence causes clogging. This problem can also be a result of allergies that cause nasal irritation or blockage.


Sometimes we can feel our ear moist or as if there is water in it. This generally occurs after shower, bathing etc. If it feels that way, it could be a sign that there is a plug in the ear caused by moisture. Well the good thing is generally it is easy to get water out of your ear.

Altitude Changes

Sometimes you can experience pops in your ear while in an airplane. Change in altitude can make your ears plugged for your ear tries to balance the pressure inside the ear and out in the surrounding. Underwater tasks like scuba diving can cause this too.

Foreign Object

Children, while playing may insert foreign objects into their ear. This can block off the ear canal. The ear tries to protect itself by covering the object with w.ax but this can be really dangerous. Clog is formed after the formation of wax.

Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic neuroma is an uncommon tumor (non- cancerous) which generally can grow around your ear’s acoustic nerve. This causes clog too except for in this case there won’t be excess wax in your ear. This is said to be a genetic malfunction.

Now you know what might be causing your clog problem in your ears, let’s proceed towards the treatments that can be done to stop or prevent clogging.

Remedies for Clogged Ears

These are some remedies that can be carried out at home naturally without any medical attention. This condition generally doesn’t require any medical attention. You can visit the ENT doctor if the problem exists even after carrying out these remedies.

Yawning can help

Mostly, we do this unknowingly to stop ear from clogging. It is an effective way too. It is said that yawning redistributes the fluid particles in your ear.

Hot/steamy shower

Take a hot shower and stay in the steamy bathroom for some minutes. The steams helps you unclog your ears.

Hydrogen peroxide

Take a bowl with warm/boiled water and let it cool. Add almost equal amount of hydrogen peroxide to the water.

Put a towel around your neck to absorb the drips from your ear. Pour some drops of the mixture into your ear and leave it there until it stops fizzing. Tilt your head to put your ear

Tilt your head to put your ear against the towel to drain any wax and fluid coming out of your ear.

Chew gum

Chewing motion while chewing gum helps loosen waxes is in your ear and pushes it out of the inner ear canal.

Blow your nose

How to? Pinch your nose and blow. It helps to unclog your ear immediately.

Alcohol and vinegar ear drops

How to? Mix equal amounts of alcohol and vinegar in a small bottle or vessel. Put a couple of drops of the mixture into your clogged ear.

Warm olive oil

Put some warm olive oil in your ears. Plug your ear with a cotton ball immediately. Keep it in for an hour and then use an ear syringe to flush your ear using warm water. It’ll help reduce the pain.

Garlic oil ear drops

How to? Cut a small piece of garlic into two pieces and place it in some hot cooking oil. Leave it for it to cool and then remove the pieces. Put 2 drops of the liquid into your ear/ears. Also known as

Also known as natural antibiotic, garlic prevents infection and the warm oil helps to unclog your ear.

These methods should work because it helps most of the people having clog in their ear.

But if you are not one of them, you should visit an ENT physician because this problem can be really irritating and it can be signs of any other deformity in your ear.

Medical Attention for Clogged Ears

Medical attention is required when the ear clogging problem is serious. This is generally the case when the cause of ear clogging is cold and sinuses infection. The sinuses problem can cause ear clogging as mentioned above and generally is cured by home remedies but in

The sinuses problem can cause ear clogging as mentioned above and generally is cured by home remedies but in serious case, you can use some antibiotics by taking advice from your doctor. Some antibiotics generally suggested are:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Clarithromycin
  • Azithromycin

In this way, your problem of clogged ears can be easily solved and even serious cases are quite easy to cure by simply consulting with doctor.

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