Blocked ears occur when the eustachian tubes, that runs between the middle ear and the back of the nose, becomes blocked. When this occurs, you may experience pressure in the ears, dizziness, or even muffled hearing. It is often experienced when there is too much ear wax build-up, water in the ears, a change in altitude, sinus infections, or allergies. Blocked ears usually subside on their own, once the swelling from the cold fades away.
A blocked ear can be treated using simple remedies like swallowing, yawning, or chewing gum. You can also clear a blocked ear by “popping” them, which can be done by blowing out through your nose while keeping your nostrils pinched and mouth closed.
If these tips don’t work, and your blocked ears don’t get better, our ENT specialist can help you identify the problem and provide you with the right remedy. Some common treatment methods can include:
- Nasal decongestants or sprays
- Ear drops
- Topical nasal steroids
- Ventilation tubes (severe cases wherein fluid needs to be drained out)
Unfortunately, blocked ears cannot be completely prevented. As a preventive measure, however, it would greatly benefit you if you get your ears checked every few months and follow simple steps to stay away from severe infections or problems that can lead to ear blockage.