If you’ve noticed that your hearing capacity is reduced, or hear a popping sensation or windy sound inside the ear, you may not need to worry. You’re probably experiencing muffled ears.
MUFFLED HEARING (OR EARS)
This is caused when part of your ear called the Eustachian tube doesn’t open and close properly. It needs to do this to regulate and equalize the pressure between the middle ear and the pressure in the atmosphere outside the ear.
Wax buildup, cold and sinus problems, and air flow blockages to the Eustachian tubes, are associated with muffled hearing. It can be annoying, but it’s can be worse than that. A clogged ear can get quite painful if not treated.
Here are the top 10 holistic and homemade remedies for clogged ears:
1. Valsalva maneuver
You can easily get rid of clogged ears by performing the Valsalva maneuver. It relieves stiffness, pain, and of course, blockages. It is the same trick you use when you’re on a plane and is sometimes referred to as “popping your ears”.
Close your mouth and pinch your nostrils closed, then take a deep breath through your mouth. While keeping your nose pinched, try to blow air through your nose. If done correctly, you will hear a slight popping sound which means the Eustachian tubes are open again.
CAREFUL: Do not blow your nose too hard! This will cause irreversible damage to the ear drum.
2. Olive oil
This trick sounds weird, but it works wonders. Olive oil will help soften ear wax so it is easily removed.
Warm up some pure olive oil and use a dropper to put 2-3 drops of the lukewarm olive oil in the clogged or blocked ear.
Let settle for 10 minutes. This softens the ear wax.
Keep your head sideways and remove the oil and ear wax with a soft cloth or piece of tissue. Do this very gently. Your ears are very delicate.
If you don’t want to use olive oil, you can easily replace it with baby oil or mineral oil.
3. Alchohol and apple cider vinegar
A combination of alcohol and apple cider vinegar will kill any bacterial infection in your ears.
Mix equal amounts of alcohol and apple cider vinegar. Tilt your head to the side and use a dropper to put 2-3 drops of this mixture in the affected ear. Place a cotton ball gently in your ear and do not raise your head. This keeps the solution in and working. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
Carefully remove the mixture and accompanying ear wax with a tissue, and you’ll notice improvements instantly.
4. Warm compress
A warm compress is known to alleviate pain and open pores. It is also a very good natural treatment for clogged ears associated with colds or sinus congestion. The heat loosens congestion, eases pain, and unclogs your ear.
Soak a washcloth in warm water, and wring out the excess water. Then hold the washcloth on your affected ear for up to 10 minutes. This quick trick promotes fluid drainage.
You’re about halfway through the list! If you’ve tried the Top 4 ways to unclog your ears and you’re still experiencing problems, here is the rest of the list.
This is essentially the same remedy as the hot compress. Inhale steam and it will unclog your nose, and will quickly and easily give relief. But will this work for your ears as well?
Yes. Just fill a bowl with steaming water, and wrap a towel around your and the bowl. Breathe in the steam until your ears become unblocked.
6. Hydrogen peroxide
This may sound odd as well, but hydrogen peroxide works to unclog your clogged ears.
Using a dropper, put two drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in your ear.
You will hear it fizz (which is the weird part, but don’t worry!). Wait until the fizzing stops, it will take about 10 minutes. Then, tilt your head to drain the solution.
Be Aware: If you overuse hydrogen peroxide it can cause harm to your ear drums.
7. Warm water
Flushing with warm water will also help open up a clogged ear.
Just fill an ear syringe with warm water and (as usual) tilt your head. Pull your earlobe down – this opens your ear canal and lets you get the syringe into the ear opening. Point it slightly up and to the side before squeezing water into your ear.
Wait for about 10 minutes and then tilt your head to the other side. The water and earwax will come out easily.
Yawning decreases air pressure in the ear and helps activate the muscles that open the Eustachian tubes.
Studies show that simply reading or hearing the word yawn will make you yawn, so you’re likely yawning right now.
Gargling helps unclog your nose and ease your throat, but did you know it can help with clogged ears as well?
Mix one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
Gargle for 15 to 30 seconds and spit it out.
Do this repeatedly until you get relief from the clogged ear.
10. Chewing gum
The same trick works when you’re on a plane. This will open up your Eustachian tubes, and you’ll feel instant relief. All you need to do is grab your favorite brand, and chew.
There you are. These homemade remedies will keep you and your Eustachian’s happy, healthy, and hearing properly.
If you still have clogged ears or pain after trying these tips, see your doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist immediately.