The sensation of having your ears clogged can be caused by a variety of factors, such as pressure imbalance, earwax buildup, or infection. While the sensation is often little more than an annoyance or discomfort, it can also be painful. In order to keep your hearing in the best shape possible and to combat the ill effects of clogged ears, here are five different methods to help you know how to unclog your ears.
This process is frequently used to unclog eustachian tubes in your ears by altering the pressure in them. You simply need to close your mouth and hold your nose closed while you exhale. Doing so will force your eustachian tubes open and allow your ears to equalize the pressure inside of them, which makes it a popular technique for combating airplane ear.
The problem with the Vasalva maneuver is twofold: one, it is impossible to perform the Vasalva maneuver for anyone else, especially a child.
When a buildup of earwax is the culprit of a clogged ear, olive oil can play a simple and painless part in helping to soften up the earwax to help it leave the ear naturally. A few drops of olive oil left in one ear overnight (which does require sleeping on the opposite side) helps to soften up the earwax. After a few repetitions of this, the oil can be replaced with water and the excess earwax will naturally be rinsed out of the ear.
Using olive oil to unclog ears is a method as old as time itself, but it can also be extremely messy, particularly for those who toss and turn throughout the night, resulting in an oily mess on your pillow.
Yawning and Swallowing
Perhaps the most simple technique available, yawning and swallowing are already techniques you use to balance your eustachian system every day. Divers and airplane pilots may swallow frequently to help alleviate some of the clogged sensations that come from high-pressure changes. While it isn’t always enough to clear your ears entirely, it’s certainly a process worth mentioning.
Decongestants can be used outside of colds or other sinus infections to help with the sensation of clogged ears, especially in the case of airplane ear. In the case of airplane ear, a decongestant taken approximately one hour before a flight can help diminish the effects of swelling in your ears that happens due to pressure changes at high altitude. The downside to using decongestants is that they can take some time to work rather than providing relief right when you need it.
While the above methods may help sometimes, that doesn’t mean they’re the most effective option to choose. Eustachi is a simple device that helps exercise your ears during the natural swallowing process. When you are bothered by the sensation of clogged ears, it uses gentle airflow while you swallow to help unclog your eustachian tubes and to condition the eustachian system to its natural, comfortable state. There’s no mess and you can use the Eustachi on your children as well to help with their ear discomfort! We all know how valuable exercise is, so it makes sense that our ears would benefit, too.