Due to various reasons sometimes you may feel like your hearing has been impaired. You ask your partner to repeat the same sentence several times, you constantly turn up the volume on TV and people tell you that you speak louder than it is necessary.
On top of that you have notices some weird sensation in your ears. You’re asking yourself what the reason is and could it be something serious. The most probable answer is that you are perfectly fine, but simply have clogged ears.
Causes And Symptoms Of Clogged Ears
When your ears get clogged, you can feel a popping sensation or a windy sound in your ear or it may seem to you that you have liquid in your ear. All of these symptoms may be ascribed to various problems, but luckily none of them are an indicator of a serious problem with the ears. Most probably you simply have clogged ears. This may be caused by excessive ear wax, sinus congestion or fluid trapped in the ear. Also, it may be an issue related to the Eustachian tube that doesn’t open and close properly. The proper function of the Eustachian tube is crucial for the regulation of equalising of the pressure existing in the middle ear and the one in the atmosphere outside the ear. The most common situation when people notice this problem is when they experience an abrupt change of air pressure when they are on the plain or even when they go up or down a very steep road in the mountains. Luckily, whatever the reason of your clogged ears is, you can usually fix it easily with some simple home remedies.
How To Prevent Clogged Ears
First and foremost, you need to clean your ears regularly. Below we describe some solutions you can make at home to apply them into your ear regularly in order to remove the debris. When cleaning your ears, don’t repeat the mistake of many people who try to clean the ears with a Q-tip. By using a Q-tip you only push the wax deeper and eventually end up with clogged ears. What’s more, inserting the Q-tip too deep may damage the ear drum and impair your hearing.
Since your ear drum is very sensitive, don’t use the ear drops too often, unless told otherwise by the doctor. The unclogging solutions are usually quite harsh on the tissue of the ear canal and on the ear drum when used excessively. Try to set a routine and do the cleaning as often as necessary, but not more than once a week. In normal conditions it should be enough. If you work in an environment where your ears are exposed to an unusually high level of pollution and they have the tendency to getting clogged due to the amount of dust and other impurities present in the air, you can wash your ears gently on a daily basis, but make sure you only use clean water for it rather than ear cleansing solutions. Also, you might want to consider wearing ear plugs to prevent your ears from getting polluted.
Home Remedies For Clogged Ears
If your ears are clogged because the wax has built up over time, olive oil might come to the rescue. It soaks into the wax and makes it easier to remove it by loosening it up. Heat a small amount of olive oil, but make sure it is only lukewarm, not hot, as the high temperature might damage the ear canal and the eardrum. Take a dropper and lie down. You might want to ask someone else to help you with the application of the olive oil into your ears as this way you won’t move and you’ll be simply more comfortable. Also, you will avoid staining the pillow or the clothes.
Apply a few drops into the ear facing upwards and leave it for 10 minutes. Put a clean cloth or a cotton bud large enough to absorb the olive over your ear. Lift your head and tilt it so that the oil can flow out of the ear. Some debris will be already gone, but any leftovers may have to be removed with an ear bud. Make sure, however, that you do it very gently. If need be, repeat the process on the same ear and then turn the sides. Olive oil is very gentle to the skin so there is no risk of causing a damage to the delicate tissue of the ear.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Alcohol
If olive oil treatment did not give satisfactory results, you might want to use something stronger, like the solution of apple cider vinegar and alcohol. This mixture not only breaks up the wax but also has antibacterial properties and may help prevent infections. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of alcohol. Apply the solution the way described above and leave it for 10 minutes. Cleanse the ears gently with an ear bud to remove the wax that has loosened up after the treatment. The combination of apple cider and vinegar and alcohol is quite strong and even though it is very effective and additionally kills bacteria, it shouldn’t be used too often. It’s best if you keep this option only for some more serious cases of wax-clogged ears.