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Home Remedies for a Clogged Ear

Have your ears ever made things sound like you were underwater? This sensation is a common symptom of a clogged ear. You may begin to worry that your clogged ear might not go away. However, before you schedule your next doctor appointment, there are a few home remedies that you can try.

Causes of a Clogged Ear

There are several potential causes and treatments for a clogged ear, including:

Ear Wax Buildup

The most common cause of a clogged ear is wax buildup. Ear wax is essential for ear health as it helps to protect the ear canal from bacteria, infections, and other debris. However, when too much wax accumulates, it can cause a clogged ear. If you are experiencing heavy wax buildup, try using a few drops of warm oil or earwax removal solution and gently massage the outside of your ear.

Water in the Ear Canal

Another reason why your ears may sound like they are underwater is when there is water trapped within them. When you go swimming, the water can get stuck in your ear canal and cause pressure and a feeling of fullness. Oftentimes you can get rid of this water by tilting your head to the side and allowing the water to drain out. If this doesn’t work, you can use a hairdryer on a low setting to help dry out the water. Just be sure to test the hairdryer’s heat before using it on your ear.


Allergies can also cause a clogged ear by swelling the eustachian tubes, causing them not to open properly. This leads to a feeling of fullness and pressure in your ears as well as muffled hearing. If you know that allergies are the cause of your clogged ear, you can try taking antihistamines to reduce the swelling.


If you are experiencing a clogged ear along with other symptoms like fever, pain, drainage from your ears, or swelling around the outside of your face, it may be an ear infection. If this is the case, see a doctor as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your ears.

Airplane Ear

Flying in an airplane can cause your ears to pop. This is because the air pressure change causes the eustachian tube, which regulates airflow into the middle ear cavity, to become blocked. This blockage will often result in a clogged ear until you reach a normal altitude.

However, sometimes the blockage is too great and can take a while to reset itself. One way you can try and speed up this process is by swallowing, yawning, or chewing gum, as all of these actions cause the muscles in your ear canal to contract.

Ear Health Tips

In addition to using these home remedies for a clogged ear, there are a few things you can do to help prevent ear problems in the future.

  • Limit your exposure to water. For example, when you are swimming or showering, make sure to keep your head tilted so the water doesn’t flow into your ear canal.
  • Make sure to clean your ears regularly with a soft cloth and warm water. This will help remove any wax or other debris that may be causing your condition.
  • Don’t put anything smaller than an elbow into your ear as it can result not only in wax buildup but also infection or, worse yet – damage to the eardrum.

Contact the Ear and Sinus Institute

If these home remedies don’t work or your clogged ear is bothering you more than usual, it might be time to see a doctor. The specialists at the Ear and Sinus Institute can help to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your clogged ear. To schedule an appointment, call (817) 332-4060 or click here to make an appointment online. 

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