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Nose cancer survivor Lim Wai Cheng shares his personal experience in relieving a blocked ear the natural way, without medication.
Recently, on two occasions, when I blew my nose after flushing it, the fluid went into my ear even though I did not blow too hard.
I have had this problem of a blocked ear right since the completion of radiation for my nose cancer. This time, after experiencing the discomfort in my office, I spoke to the company GP who prescribed ear drops and an antihistamine. I threw the medicines away and, as I knew the cause of the problem, I tried to flush my nose and gargle my throat to get rid of the phlegm. Two days later when I got back to work, I could hear gushes of flowing water when I walked past heavy traffic. Everything seemed so noisy, I could even hear my own heartbeat.
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The proper function of these tubes is essential for draining fluid and ensuring that proper air pressure in the ear is maintained.
If you’ve ridden in an airplane before, then you may have noticed how a change in air pressure can affect your hearing and how comfortable your ears feel.
While imbalance in middle ear pressure occurs in most people from time to time due to colds, sinus infections, allergies, and airplane rides, it is common for some people to suffer from severe ear problems that cause an excessive amount of pain or discomfort.
In many cases, a blocked ear can be alleviated by closing your mouth, holding your nose, and gently blowing like you would when blowing your nose. When flying, it is especially important that adults advise children to follow these tactics during takeoff and during landing in order to maintain proper air pressure and to prevent ear pain. For a chronically blocked ear or a more severe ear infection, an ENT surgeon may need to perform surgery.
If your problems persist or become quite painful, it is important to visit an ENT doctor to find out what is causing the problem. A blocked ear can be quite an upsetting experience as an imbalance in the pressure of the ear.
The ear plays a vital role to maintain the balance and equilibrium of an individual so it is important to lookout when it comes to the ears. To unblock ears, swallowing and yawning are the practical ways that release the pressure in your ears and restore your hearing ability.
If the blockage of ear is caused due to accumulation of water, the best remedy is to let gravity to do its work.
In case there is a lot of ear wax accumulation in your ear, oil can be used to soften the ear wax.
If an insect is accidentally lodged inside your ears, put 1 or 2 drops of oil inside your ear.
If you have difficulty to carry out above mentioned remedies, you can seek for medical help, or an ENT specialist. The EarPopper helped my family the past 3 years as well as others in the travel industry to eliminate ear pain, pressure and hearing loss associated with flying. I had operation on my right ear to have bone drilled out last winter, one week off work, 8 weeks out off the water, total success, left ear to be done later (ill spare you all the details and photos).
Best way is not let water into your ears, with out dough Blue Tac is great, down side is its hard to hear with blobs in your ears. I used to have to go at least twice a year to the doc to have my ears plunged to get the wax out, disgusting how much crap can get trapped in there. The vacuum cleaner sounds good in principle, but freaks me out a little bit because it can go wrong easily. It all comes down to keeping your ears clean and dry, but for starters I would go the DOcs. Might be swimmers ear - no need to bust out the black and decker and start drilling just yet hah. Mine has improved after using Vosol brand ear drops and also (a hint from an ear doctor) is to use a hair dryer to dry out the canal after contact with water. Having just gone through a blocked ear for a short time (fixed last Friday), go see your Doctor. Your eyes ears and nose drain into the same pipes which run down beside your ears and down the sides of your neck. The syringe with water was used a while back and worked great but had the same problem in the near future. I never wanted to be one of those old dudes with blu tak in my ears that you see surfing all the time! Lots of advice - I feel your pain, I went to the chemist and got an ear cleaning bottle, essentially like the syringe method. Also I threw the cotton wool buds in the bin as apparently they cause a buildup of wax that water gets trapped behind causing the infuriating clogginess.
I have tried many of the suggestions posted so far but have found the best thing for me are ear candles. Used to find that a couple of drops of olive oil in each ear before a surf worked well for me (in cold SA waters). The anestesist got 2 chemicals to use, something to put you to sleep and a muscle relaxant(once you are sleeping) which stops your breaving and they plug you onto a respirator.
I had extreme difficulties to fall asleep for quite a few weeks after as my body would jerk me awake everytime I would fall asleep. I was wheeled into surgery just before 6pm, given first needle, was woken up post op a few hours later about 10pm. Doc and anaesthetist called in to see me about 7am, I had brekkie, waited for my daughter to pick me up about 10am.
Besides the blue-tack, you can also try Doc's Pro-Plugs - they come in about 3 sizes so you need to get your size right. If you do decide to have the op, do it in your off season as it puts you out of the water for a while. Having been unfortunate to suffer three bouts of cholesteatoma (pre kiting and totally unrelated to water), I'm keen to preserve what hearing I have left after having 50% of my hearing bones removed thru modified radical mastoidectomy procedures. Try keep the cold water and air out of the canal by use of Blue Tac or plugs, and wear either a helmet with ear protection eg Gath type, or a windstopper type hat or headband that covers the ears.
Best to have ears checked out if the problem is reoccurring too, as stuff such as the Aqua Clear type stuff should not be used if there's already perforation of the drum. I know some people are adverse to wearing a helmet, but they do keep the ear plugs in and stop the wind.


With the Doc Pro plugs you can attach them with fishing line to your wetsuit or rashie so if they do ever pop out you won't lose them.
Having dealt with all of these ear problems (without the op thankfully) I can feel for everyone who has had to deal with this.
I have tried so many methods to combat this, and I can say that ear candles did nothing for me! Luckily, there are some effective home remedies which are natural, safe and easily available to help you to clear your plugged ear. Sinus attack are often a cause of plugged ears, these remedies can help give relief if this is the cause.
Apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment as it helps to dissolve mucous and drain it out from the body. A plugged ear may also be the result of an allergic inflammation cause by a sinus infection.
Tilt your head to your side at 45Es and place the tip of the bottle or dropper into your nostril and push this saline solution gently to your nostrils. Regular use of garlic oil not only helps to prevent infection, but applying the warm oil will give complete relief from the blocked ears. Tea tree oil contains antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to cure infection in the ears. It will make the trapped mucus drain out of the Eustachian tubes as well as help to de-congest the sinus. Gargling helps to drain out the impurities in your mouth and also to clear the sinus, cold, cough and other infections that causes clogged ears.
Pour a small cup of this solution into your mouth and start gargling for about 20 a€“ 45 minutes. Sometimes, unequal distribution of pressure from the inside and outside environment of the eardrum will result in blocked ears. Valsalva maneuver is defined as the process of action that takes places where one tries to exhale with their nostrils by closing the mouth.
Wriggle your jaws by moving the opened mouth from side to side in quick and regular motion. Otovent is another easy way to equalize your ears, in which you inflate a small balloon through your nose to pop your ears.
Note:A Never use this olive oil or any other oils for removing wax if you have perforated ear drum. Applying heat is the best way to soften the wax, it will also loosen congestion if you have a cold.
Alternatively you can wrap a hot water bottle in a thin towel and place it on the clogged ear for about 5 a€“ 10 minutes. Pull the ear lobe down to open the ear canal and squeeze the syringe into the ear to dislodge the earwax. Let it sit for 10 a€“ 15 minutes and tilt the head to the opposite side so that the water and earwax will come out easily. Inhaling steam can help to remove clogged ears, as it will loosen the mucus that can lead to plugged ears.
Add few drops of any essential oil like lavender, peppermint or tea tree oil and stir well. If you have symptoms such as yellow or green discharge, feeling feverish or pains, be sure to consult your doctor.
Now tilt the head to the opposite direction and allow the solution and earwax to drain out. Inhaling and exhaling gently through closed mouth and nostrils will helps you to unplug your plugged ears.
There are several over the counter medicine ear drops like cerumol ear drops, care sodium bicarbonate ear drops, similasan ear relief, etc.
Make sure to consult your doctor (ENT) if there is a foreign object obstructed in the ear while removing the wax. It never occurred to me to visit an ENT specialist as getting an appointment would take 2-3 weeks. Besides, I had no time and extra cash to spare.
I consulted my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physician and analysed the problem with her.
I tried not to get into heavy traffic or crowded areas, which meant I stayed at home and indoors as far as possible. Each individual may react differently to the above experience, and we would like you to exercise discretion.
Your Eustachian tubes are a specialised system that connects the middle ears to the back of your throat.
You may also notice that when your yawn or swallow, your Eustachian tubes allow air to enter into the middle ears briefly, which often works to equalize air pressure. This is especially common in children who have higher risk of ear infections due to the shorter length of their Eustachian tubes. This type of surgery usually involves a small incision in the eardrum in order to drain any fluid that has built up and to equalize air pressure.
In case of blocked ears, person will be able to notice the pressure and the difference while yawning, swallowing, and either sneezing or coughing.
It is secreted within the canals of the ear and protects the ear from dust, insects, and water. Place two drops of warm olive oil in ear and lie down with the blocked ear facing the roof. It will help to kill the insect and also help to drain out the foreign object from the ear. Drink plenty of water a day as it could also treat the cold and prevent your ears from getting blocked. It would minimize the symptoms of common cold and thereby lowers the secretion of mucus to the nasal cavity and Eustachian tube.
As a blocked ear could indicate a build-up of inner ear pressure or fluid, or even a viral disease, doctor or a specialist perform an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate medication for this condition. If the Eustachian Tube is unable to open and regulate pressure in the middle ear, a blocked ear feeling can result. Doc Prop plugs are the best as you can still hear and not feel like your ear is all clogged up which does affect your balance a little. Perforated ear drums are REALLY painful having gone through that with my board slamming the side of my head in the 70's.


Probably an infection and there may be some discharge that needs clearing and the Doctor can do it on the spot. It gets that to the point where I blow my nose and get dizzy from my sinus becoming compressed.
Sometimes if I massage the top of my cheeks and sides of my ears and neck it clears the **** out of there.
I love the idea of vacuums and hair dryers but may go see the doc as its still blocked and now I have an annoying ringing! Anyway ill fire some questions at the doc (your methods) and come and let you know what he says about them!
Though I will be using the syringe in 4 days after I use drops every 12 hours and he believes blu tak is fine to put in ear and recommends it. I am sure that it has helped somebody out in the past, but it is not something I would ever recommend to anyone. It is most likely to occur either due to the inflammation or a blockage in the Eustachian tubes (these are the tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat) of the ear, which means this tube doesna€™t open and close properly.
It also has anti-bacterial properties that help to cure the other infections which lead to fluid build up and plugged ears.
A nasal saline spray acts as mild decongestants that help not only to unblock the clogged nose but also helps to get rid of the plugged ears. Garlic contains a strong anti-bacterial property that helps to clear any infection in the ear.
It also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that make this tea oil a best remedy for sinus infection or any other nasal or respiratory infections. Usually it will fall out on its own, however sometimes(due to Q a€“ tips, pins, ear plugs) will be pushed too far into the ear canal and becomes clogged. Do not do it if you are suffering from respiratory infections like asthma, cold, bronchitis, sinus, etc. Chewing gum opens up the Eustachian tubes and relieves the excess pressure in the ears and opens up the clogged ears. Never use waterpik or any other mechanized water jet on the ear, also never ever scratch your ear drum with a finger nail unclog it, as these will seriously damage the ear drum.
We concluded that I should take Chinese herbs to loosen the phlegm that was stuck in my middle ear. I resumed my weekend exercise in the park after a gap of three to four weeks due to my busy schedule. The article does not represent the views of the NPC Support Group or its members, the National Cancer Centre of Singapore (NCCS) and SingHealth. For the effective treatment of blocked ear, it is necessary to figure out the cause responsible for the blockage of ear.
Cold or allergies cause clogging or swelling of these openings, leading to sinus infection. To carry out this, you have to require a basin full of hot water and a towel to cover your head in order to inhale steam. Medical attention is specially required in case of yeast infection as it can damage the eardrum and could cause permanent ear damage. As the negative pressure builds, fluid may be pulled into the middle ear cavity putting more pressure on the ear drum. If these things do not work, ask a medical care provider about the clinically proven device called the EarPopper. Plus, (the plugs with the small hole in them) with the Docs when you get driven down to the bottom after a wipeout on big waves your ears will clear the pressure change, where as if you just plug them up they won't, and that hurts. As I stretched my mouth and stuck out my tongue, I could feel the pressure in my left ear ease slightly. On Sundays, I enjoy sweating out in the park, cook myself a good meal, watch my favourite Japan Hour on Channel News Asia, and then have my blissful afternoon nap. The author and the agencies mentioned disclaim any liability or responsibility arising from it.The information and content contained within this website belongs to the NPC Support Group and its individual contributors. The signs and symptoms of ears blocked include feeling of an ear pain, fractional loss of hearing and sometimes person might feel clicks in the ear. As this is a common occurrence, several causes are accountable for blocked ears and few of them require a doctor’s attention. Because of cold or allergies, sinus get inflamed very much that results in the closing of the Eustachain tube, the canal which joins the ear, nose and throat.
In normal condition, this canal is closed but when the balancing of the overall pressure is necessary, it opens. After 5 minutes, get up and all the ear wax will drop out of the ear along with the olive oil. I could not tell which phone was ringing in my office and I had to ask my colleagues to repeat themselves because I could not hear well.
No whole or part of the information and content may be copied or re-produced without the written permission of the NPC Support Group. The mucus and the bacteria get entry to this canal and cause severe ear blocks while suffering from cold. To pop clogged ear open, you can apply heated cloth pads over the ear as an alternative way. Since I started this regime I have not had any infections, and I haven't had to have them syringed in two years.
However, after the 30 minute session, I did not feel particularly relieved of the ringing ear.
Nature has great healing power and I felt good after spending one-and-a-half hours in the fresh morning air. While traveling in an airplane, chewing on a gum is also helpful to release pressure in ears especially. I have used this method in tropical places where infection was just starting and no doctor around for miles.



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