Clogged, Plugged Ears Treatment | Remedies to Clear Blocked Ears

Question: My left ear is clogged/plugged. My right one just unplugged during the night but the left one is very hard to hear out of. What can I do at home to relieve it? Please suggest how to clear stopped up ears?


Clogged Ear Remedies

  • Blocked ears with mild or moderate hearing loss may be caused due to the following,
  • Wax collection and impaction is a common problem. Foreign body (fly, dust, etc) may also be impacted in the ear causing the sensation
  • Common cold, sinusitis or nasal catarrh is associated with blocked sensation of ear.
    Loss of hearing may be a result of the blocked sensation, which is temporary in nature.
  • Infection of the internal (Otitis Media) or external (Otitis Externa) ear canal is associated with extreme pain, sensation of ear blockage and hearing loss
  • Inflammation of the ear drum or a perforation of the dear drum due to trauma or infection could result in both loss of hearing and sensation of blockage
  • A low frequency hearing loss can also cause a sensation of ear plugging

Sudden hearing loss is a critical condition and requires immediate medical attention. It may have occurred due to blocked blood supply of the inner ear.

Treatment for Blocked Ears

  • Make sure you avoid water from entering into the ear to prevent ear blockage.
  • Pinch your nose and try to push air through your Eustachian tube into the ears to cure clogged ears.
  • Plug cotton balls into the earplug before you go for a bath to prevent water from entering the ear. You may also apply Vaseline to the cotton balls to give a soothing feeling and alleviate pain.
  • Homeopathic Remedy, Pulsatilla 6x, 4 pills, every 4 hours will relieve the sensation, if the sensation and hearing loss is attributed to sinusitis or nasal catarrh.
  • Consult your ENT physician at the earliest for plugged ear treatment.


  1. VK said:

    My left ear is blocked since 7 years. Tell me few home remedies.

    November 9, 2012
    • PUP said:

      If there is chronic blockage of ear, then it’s necessary to consult an ENT physician. This is to rule out causes such as perforation of ear drum. Steam inhalation is useful, especially when the cause is sinusitis. Inhale steam once or twice in a day. By curing sinusitis, it may be possible that your ear can get unclogged.

      November 9, 2012
  2. Kay said:

    My ear has been plugged ever since we returned from our trip. I have taken Benadryl and tried chewing gum and blowing through my mouth with my nose plugged. It will pop, but never completely clears. What should I do?

    November 3, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Too much accumulation of earwax can cause discomfort in the ears. You may feel your ear is plugged. Put few wax dissolving ear drops that are available in drug store daily for few days. Also take precaution that water should not enter your ears while bathing. After few days you may feel better. If you still do not find any change consult an ENT specialist.

      November 5, 2013

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