5 Signs Your Ears Are Clogged (And How to Unclog Them Naturally)

Ear clogging is quite common and almost everyone has experienced some degree of it at a certain point. The occurrence ranges from annoying to painful, and it can stem from different things; wax buildup, trapped water, illness, and infections.

5 Signs Your Ears Are Clogged

  • Sinus Stiffness and Pain

Sinus stiffness and pain are some of them most common signs of ear clogging.  This is usually caused by Eustachian tube congestion, which can make your ears feel tight.  Here are some tips on how to relieve the stiffness:

Look up:  Sit up straight, look up, and prop yourself up with some extra pillow in bed to promote decongestion.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water during the day to thin out the stiffness. This will help you to thin the congestion, clearing out more easily as you go.

Blow your nose right:  Cover one of the nostrils and blow out through the other one, gently.

Decongestant spray/ tablets (available at any pharmacy)

  • Decreased Hearing or a Full Feeling

The ears might feel like they are stuffy on their own, and this is a definite sign of clogging! They feel stuffy and congested, leading to decreased hearing.


Irrigation:  Ear irrigation should be done carefully, but you can do it as home as long as you adhere to the instructions. Note that it helps with soft earwax only, not overly hardened one.

Oils:  Baby oil, mineral oil, and olive oil are all great options to help clean out the ears. Take around three tablespoons, warm it up a little, and gently drop a little amount in the ear.

Hydrogen peroxide:  Mix some warm water with a little hydrogen peroxide and apply to the inside of the ear with a dropper.

  • Dizziness

Dizziness can be caused by excess pressure that is accumulating within the ear. If you are so dizzy that you can barely stand, you need to see a doctor.  However, if it is a mild lightheadedness, it could be caused by sinus issues.

There are not many ways to treat this problem naturally, but you can certainly avoid it. For instance, avoid things like caffeine, salt, alcohol, fast movements, cigarettes, and intense exercise.

  • Sneezing or Coughing

It it`s simple coughing, you can relieve it naturally. However, if you experience other flu-like symptoms, see a doctor.

Warm compress:  Warm up some water, soak a clean cloth in, and apply to the ear.

Steam: You can either take hot showers or boil some water in a pot, cover the head with a towel, and inhale the steam.

Essential oil:  Essential oils often have antifungal, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties.  Eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil are all great choices.  Use a diffuser or breathe them in.

Salt water: Mix some warm water and salt and use the solution as a mouthwash.

  • Ringing Ears, Discharge, and Other Signs

If you are extremely dizzy or your ears hurt severely, it is time to get help.  There are plenty of ways to treat clogged ears naturally, but it is important to know when to seek medical attention.