How To Unblock Clogged Ears Naturally – 8 Effective Home Remedies

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5. Mineral Oil

You Will Need

  • Mineral oil (as required).
  • A dropper.
  • Tissues.

What You Have To Do

  1. Using a dropper, put two to three drops of mineral oil in the affected ear.
  2. Tilt your head and allow the oil to work on your clogged ear for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Blot your ear with a tissue.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily for 2-3 days.

Why This Works

Mineral oil is an excellent option if you are trying to unclog ears that are clogged due to earwax build-up. It is as effective as water-based ear drops in helping to get rid of earwax build-up (7).

6. Warm Compress

You Will Need

A warm compress.

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a warm compress below the affected ear for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Alternatively, you can also use the steam from hot water on the affected ear.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

A warm compress can help reduce the pain caused due to clogged ears (8). The steam from the compress can enter the ear canal and loosen the earwax build-up, making it easier to remove.

7. Gargle Salt Water

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of table salt
  • 1 glass of warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of table salt to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix well and gargle with the solution.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this multiple times daily.

Why This Works

Gargling with water (with/without salt) may help prevent upper respiratory infections (9). It can also help ease symptoms of nasal congestion and clogged ears associated with a cold or flu.

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8. Passive Techniques

If you are in an airplane or traveling to a hill station and your ears are blocked, some passive techniques may help:

  • Yawning – Let out a yawn until you hear a pop in your ears. It will clear the pressure built up inside your ears.
  • Swallowing – Swallowing can also help clear blocked ears in an elevated area.
  • Chewing – Chewing gum can also help.
  • Valsalva maneuver – Take a deep breath and pinch your nose soon after. Exhale from your nose with your mouth closed. This is the Valsalva maneuver that can help in popping blocked ears (10).

All the above remedies are quite effective in treating clogged ears. However, there are also some precautions that you may have to follow to prevent your ears from clogging.

How To Prevent Clogged Ears

  • Avoid cotton swabs or tools to clean your inner ear as it can push the earwax deeper in.
  • Avoid candling. It is a procedure that uses a cone-shaped candle to pull out excess earwax. However, it doesn’t work, and people are quite likely to burn their hands or ears while doing so.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Keep your nasal passage moist.
  • Remove any water or foreign object that may have entered your ears.
  • Remove any excess wax.
  • Blow your nose to get rid of trapped mucus in the ears as well as chest.

These tips can help prevent clogged ears to a great extent. But, if you are at a higher altitude or running a cold/fever, your ears tend to get blocked. Excess wax build-up in the ears is also a common occurrence. Give the remedies discussed here a shot during such instances and see what works best for you.

What do you do to deal with clogged ears? Do you have any remedies you swear by? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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