Today I was reading an article entitled, “How to Clear a Clogged Ear: Ear Problems and Infections”
The author of the article discusses a few causes of clogged ears, such as obstruction with a foreign object (erasers or insects), impacted wax, or fluid. The main focus of the article seemed to be tips for irrigating the ear.
It is important to consider negative middle ear pressure associated with colds, allergies, flying, scuba diving, or driving through mountainous terrain as a potential cause of clogged ears.
My comment to this article:
A clogged ear may also be caused by increased negative pressure and fluid in the middle ear. Pressure and fluid may push against the eardrum causing pain and hearing issues.
A medical care provider is able to determine the condition of the eardrum using an otoscope. Negative middle ear pressure (associated with colds, allergies, flying, scuba diving, and driving through mountainous terrain) may be relieved by yawning, swallowing, or the gentle Valsalva Maneuver.
If these methods are unsuccessful in relieving the clogged ear, the EarPopper device may help by opening the Eustachian tube (little tube between nose and middle ear) and equalizing pressure. Similar to removing the cap from an indented water bottle, instant relief may be experienced once the pressure is equalized.
Clogged ears may be caused by a variety of things. Never use a cotton swab in the ear to attempt to relieve pressure as this may cause injury to the ear.
Ask your medical care provider to determine the cause of the clogged ear.
*Disclosure: I am a nurse consultant in the travel industry and I professionally represent the EarPopper.
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