5 Ways To Unclog Your Plugged Up Ears | Ear Problems

5 Ways To Unclog Your Plugged Up Ears | Ear Problems

Looking for ways to unclog your plugged up ears naturally? Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, discusses 5 tricks that you can use to unclog your ears.


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Ears can become clogged for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, this is due to air pressure changes in the environment from changing elevation while driving or flying. However, there are a number of different reasons that your ears can feel clogged including having a sinus infection or something even more serious.

This clogged sensation is often caused by your Eustachian Tube not opening and passing air through to your middle ear space. This causes a negative pressure that gives you the perception of clogged ears and sometimes pain. Swallowing typically opens the Eustachian Tube, but doesn’t work all of the time.

Getting your ears to unclog can be difficult for some individuals. Here are 5 ways you can unclog your ears when swallowing isn’t enough.

1. Valsalva Maneuver – This is where you simply plug your nose and try to blow air out of it.

2. Lowry Method – This is where you combine the Valsalva Maneuver with swallowing at the same time.

3. Yawning – Sometimes simply yawning will open the Eustachian Tube just enough to let air pass through.

4. Having someone blow in your nose – Forcing air through your nose while swallowing can push air through your Eustachian Tube, however this can be dangerous if a person is doing it…and it’s gross!

5. Using the Eustachi – The Eustachi is a tool that gently pushes air through your nostril while you swallow. This pushes air through the Eustachian Tube gently and can unclog even the most stubborn ears.


If these methods don’t work there could be other reasons for your clogged ears.

1. Earwax impaction – This is where earwax plugs up your outer ear.

2. Fluid – If your middle ear is filled with fluid, you may need medical treatment to fix it. One option is to have Pressure Equalization (PE) tubes inserted into your eardrum.

3. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) – This condition is very serious and often only gives the perception of being clogged in one ear. Treatment of this condition is extremely time sensitive and you should see an Audiologist immediately.

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