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HEARING TIPS

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 there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve attempted popping your ear, chewing gum, or trying to open your ear canal with your finger. Sooner or later, you might contemplate giving up and just hope your ear unclogs on its own. But if you have discharge, pain, or the signs of an ear infection, this would be an unwise idea.

A small passageway that connects the middle ear to the place behind the nose and regulates the pressure that goes the ears, called the eustachian tube, will get plugged if it stays open or closed for too long. You may notice a crackling or popping noise in your ears as this tube closes and opens when you yawn or swallow. A virus, sinus infection or allergy could cause the ear to remain closed, while hormonal changes can cause the ear to stay open. It might take your ears a while to return to normal but both problems will go away with time.

Another cause of clogged ears is buildup of earwax. This type of ear blockage can be cleared with treatments, depending on the severity, this can be at home or at the hearing specialist. When dealing with blocked ears, here are some guidelines:

You Can Try Putting Hydrogen Peroxide Drops into Your Ear

Hydrogen peroxide, if properly used, can dissolve earwax. Hearing specialists recommend that you mix the solution with warm water making sure that the water isn’t too hot and then putting a drop or two into your ear with a pipette. After you turn your ear upward and put the drops in, a few seconds should be sufficient to break up the wax blockage. You could have to do this a few times a day for a couple of days, but ultimately, the blockage should clear.

Never Clean Your Ear by Putting Something inside 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 hearing aids and earplugs can, in fact, result in an earwax blockage. Cotton swabs should be used only on your outer ear in order to avoid causing blockage.

Treat Your Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, it can cause a plugged ear to get worse. Take your allergy treatments and follow your doctor’s directions on how to manage it. Unneeded allergens should be definitely avoided during allergy season specifically but also the rest of the year.

Be Hesitant of Home Remedies That Sound Strange

It probably goes without saying, but you certainly should not put a lit candle into your ear to clean out a clog caused by wax. Ear candling is an old and very pseudo-scientific technique of clearing earwax by putting a hollow candle in your ear and lighting it. In theory, earwax is drawn into the hollow space inside the candle when the heat of the flame creates a vacuum. This approach will probably cause more harm and probably won’t do any good. If something doesn’t seem right, it most likely isn’t and it’s best to seek advice from an expert. Don’t risk losing your hearing by just trying anything.

If you don’t find any other solution, you should get in touch with us. Irreversible loss of hearing or a burst eardrum are the sorts of repercussions you could sustain from incorrect earwax removal.

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