Stepping into the airplane for the long-awaited vacation is that what each of us look forward to. But, the thought of dealing with the blocked ear on landing is something that some of you might dread off. This blocked or plugged ears is a common thing experienced sometime in our daily life. Due to the plugged or blocked ears, most of us must have experienced one or more of these symptoms in our lives, indicating clogging in the ear canal.
– Reduced hearing capability
– Ear ache, ranging from being mild to severe
– Constant ringing or buzzing sound
– Itching sensation that persists for a very long time
– Probable dizziness or heaviness
– Discharge from one or both the ears, blood in extreme cases
– Muffled sensation, similar to the one as we descend
– A sensation of fluid moving around the ear
What could be the possible reasons?
– Too much wax in the ear
– Water in the ear
– Change in altitude
– Sinus infection
– Middle ear infections
– Inflammations and allergies
Natural ways to unplug your ears
It is suggested to moisten the sinuses to prevent them from the drying effect of the weather. This can be done by inhaling steam, accompanied with tree oil or any other natural essential oil for an enhanced effect.
Use saline nasal sprays or nasal drops to clear blocked passages of nose and ear.
3. Valsalva maneuver
It is the method of opening nasal and auditory passage by exhalation techniques. The patient tries to exhale from the nose, while the mouth is closed, which increases the pressure in the middle ear and chest.
Close your mouth and pinch your nose. Try to gently blow the air out through the nose till you hear the pop sound in the ear.
4. Warm compress
A simple warm cloth (dry or wet) can be put under the affected ear to unplug them and clear it.
5. Toynbee maneuver
In this technique, close your mouth and pinch your nostrils together, and swallow several times. Since the nostrils are closed, the movement of the tongue compresses the air passing through the tubes of the ear, equalizing the pressure in it, and opening up any blocked passages.
6. Jaw jiggle
Simply, open your mouth, and jiggle your jaws side to side in a quick motion. Continue doing the same until you hear a pop sound in your ear.
It is the technique to exhale out of one of the nostril to inflate a balloon, while the other nostril and mouth are shut. This increases pressure in the middle ear and chest and helps to pop it out soon.
Place a balloon under one of the nostrils and close the other one. Inhale through the mouth and exhale from the nostril above the balloon. Continue doing the same until the balloon gets completely inflated, after which alternate it with the other nostril.
8. Hopping on foot
This is an effective method for unclogging the ears off the water, especially in case of swimmer’s ear. Hopping on foot lets the water out, owing to the effect of gravity.
Tilt your head to the side where the ear is clogged and stand on that foot. Hop in this posture till the water gets out and you get an instant relief.
9. Chewing gum, yawning and swallowing
These are most simple and effective methods to pop a plugged ear, especially in case of a change in altitude.
10. Adopt a good sleeping position
This alleviates ear congestion by allowing the fluids to drain ear canals effectively. Adjusting the height while sleeping upright, or lying on sides are subject to
11. Gargling with saline warm water
It is one of the most common traditional methods to unclog the nasal and ear passages, especially during sinus infection or flu. Simply adding a teaspoon of salt to warm water makes it ready for gargling.
Oils and greasy materials for clearing the ear passages are generally not recommended by practitioners, owing to their sticky nature that attracts dirt and dust, and thereby, stimulates its accumulation and worsening the situation.