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Signs you have a blocked ear (And how to open the ear)

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You may be wondering how to know if you have a blocked ear. Or how to unclog them? Does the muffle in your ears bother you? This page will tell you about the several symptoms that indicate your ear blockage. At the same time, several ways are there to get relief.

The blockage in the ears not only annoys you but causes serious symptoms like itchiness, ear pain, etc. Left or right ear blockage can be a serious health issue because it can affect your hearing capacity and distort the sounds of your surroundings. Well, in such a condition, opening up of the blocked ear may help.

Signs you have a blocked ear

Whenever you feel the following symptoms’ appearance, you must know that you have a blocked ear. Let’s have a look at the signs and symptoms,

  • Earache 
  • Tinnitus (ringing or humming in the ears)
  • Itchiness around the ear
  • Difficulty in hearing 
  • Vertigo or lightheadedness
  • Reduced hearing 
  • Cough 
  • Infection in ear
  • Feel uncomfortable while traveling on the plane

Here is how to open your blocked ear

1. Try swallowing or chewing

Firstly, swallowing or chewing helps the muscles to move and open the Eustachian tube. The tube is the connection between the nose and middle ear. So chewing sugar-free gum or hard candy will surely unclog your ear. 

2. Try dripping mineral oil

Using a mineral or baby oil is also an excellent option to open up the blocked ear. Take 2 – 3 tbsp of any oil and slightly warm it. Check if the temperature of the oil is safe so that it doesn’t provide you any harm. Then take an ear dropper and drip 1 – 2 drops of the oil in your affected ear. Hold on your head in the same position for 10 to 15 seconds. In conclusion, repeat the same about 2 to 3 times every day. Within five days, you will feel better.  

Caution: don’t make it too hot.

3. Try yawning to open up your blocked ear

Yawning is also another simple method to open a blocked ear. If you can’t yawn naturally, try to fake it also may help. When you breathe, widely open your mouth. This technique will also help to open the Eustachian tube. Yawn many times in a day until your ear open. 

4. Valsalva maneuver breathing technique helps to open blocked ear

The above techniques failed to pop up your ear? Don’t worry. Try the Valsalva maneuver breathing technique to unclog your ear.

How to perform the Valsalva maneuver: just sit on your couch, take a deep breath, shut your nose and blow the air out through it. Don’t open your mouth during the process. 

Note: be careful while practicing the Valsalva maneuver because there is a huge chance of eardrum rupture. 

5. Use a warm washcloth

Using a heating pad or a warm washcloth against the ear can also open the Eustachian tube and reduce congestion. This is the most relaxing and effective method that may also help. If you have ear blockage due to seasonal hay fever or cold, this method is best. So try it! 

6. Use special devices to open up the blocked ear

Here are some of the special devices that can eliminate congestion in your ear. These are highly effective for people who are unable to use any of the above methods. In this case, these 3 devices work well.

  • Special earplugs: they regulate the airflow from the atmosphere to the ear.  
  • Otovent: this inexpensive device mimics the Valsalva maneuver. In the first place, it mostly benefits kids and other people who can’t perform Valsalva correctly. 
  • EarPopper: the small puffs of the air coming out of EarPopper helps to open the Eustachian tubes. 

Final thoughts 

The blocked ears are usually inconvenient and distracting. To get rid of them, you must follow the above methods. If still, it doesn’t go away, consider visiting your GP. The physician will take specialized actions to clean your ear and prevent it from further problems.