35 thoughts on “Why Does My Ear Feel Clogged?

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  • You forgot to mention another possible cause: allergies. I have allergies to molds that keep my left ear constantly “full”.

    • Lol I’m dealing with that exact problem right now! But they did mention it, “Allergies that cause nasal irritation or blockage can also be responsible for the problem.”

    • If it’s because of a cold you should pull down on your ear lobe and make a movement with your mouth almost like you are yawning and then you scream suck deez nuts.

    • Wondering if an upper back tooth being pulled could cause my left ear problem? I tried hydrogen peroxide but I will go see a doctor .

  • I’ve been a singer for 50 years but in the passed 2 years my right ear (especially) plugs up after about an hour of singing! I’ve held my nose and gently blew air into my mouth. It works …. for a VERY short time! As soon as I start singing, it plugs, again. I had my ear wax removed …. but that is obviously not the answer! Could the constant movement of my jaw irritate the Eustachian tube causing it to swell? If so, what can I do to cure this?

    • Same thing happens to me while singing, just in one ear– so frustrating and makes it harder to hear pitch. Would love to know why this happens and how to fix it, but haven’t found much info online about it.

  • I suffered from a clogged ear after getting off a flight. Immediately after landing I got a sinus infection and my ear stayed clogged for a month. It was driving me insane. I wasn’t attending social gatherings or going out because I couldn’t hear or focus and I felt so “off”. After seeing an ENT, I was put on some very strong antibiotics for my sinus infection, steroids for possible eustachian tube swelling and steroid nasal spray. The sinus infection went away right away, but my ear stayed plugged. The ENT said that my ear could stay this was for 1-2 months. I was not going to put up with that!!! I was willing to do anything. I read up on some options. 4 weeks into my condition I had a lymphatic massage of my head, neck, ears, shoulders and chest. This type of massage encourages drainage. During the massage I could hear my ear popping and clicking. Before I even got up off the massage table, I could feel liquid moving in my ear, but my ear and hearing were still blocked. Later that day I went to an acupuncturist. He asked me a lot of questions about my overall health. He inserted needles in areas that were meant to help ears and sinuses and other general health issues. When I left the office, I was feeling more movement in my ear. Once I got home I could feel even more drainage. My nose started running a lot. I blew my nose and could feel my ear opening up. It would squeal and release air. It still felt blocked but it was getting better. By the end of this evening my ear is 80% clear. I realized my other ear had blockage too. It just was so much better than the left ear it seemed fine. I am hoping by tomorrow my hearing is back to 100% and all drainage is complete.

    • You are describing almost exactly the same problem I had and continue to experience. However, my ears are not unblocked and my ENT said I have permanent hearing loss in both ears. Is is possible to regain my hearing?

  • I was experiencing very annoying ear clogging, dizziness, sensatively to sound..kept getting the runaround that it’s allergies. The medical assistant thought she would try a swab in my throat..turns out I had strep throat!

  • Hey there ! Thanks for the information… I’m glad to know the correct ways and even the TROUBLY THING that causes the problem ! Good work please giving these information’s out !

  • I know I have caused the problem myself by putting the qtips too far into my ear. It seems like it would be helpful for cleaning but the doctor said not to do this.

  • At first I thought it was one of those answers but then my mom put some ear drops and guess what was causing my ear too hurt… A cockroach was stuck in my ear?

  • Hi there.
    I feel like my ear is closed when I drank paracetamol the one mixed with water. My right ear was opened after 1 day by it self my left ear was still clogged. That’s my first time happening .
    Any advice please

  • My ear is blocked and hearing is disappearing i have seen my GP who prescribed some ear drops and said i had alot of wax. He gave me some drips to remove the wax its been two dayys now the wax hasnt come out am wandering what to do next. Its so uncomfortable.

    • Hi Edna,
      I have the same issue as you and was advised the same by my GP. Have you got any better since please?

  • My ear is blocked and cant hear with it too. The doc told me it has wax and prescribed some eardrops but its not coming out after a few days of using it. Its so uncomfortable and am wandering what next now.

  • You forgot to mention one of the most common reasons for clogged ears which is allergies. Congestion causing mucous that doesn’t move smoothly through eusthacian tunes can cause this uncomfortable feeling. Those of us who suffer from narrow and especially twisted tunes have even greater problems

  • Sometimes when i put my ear on pillow i would hear like ultrasonic wave or something. but back to the topic, i do hv the same problem. before this, i thought an ant might hv got into my ear n scratching until it felt blocked. now i know it has something to do with sinus n stuffy nose too.

  • I have had clogged ears in both due to a virus , muffled hearing or hearing loss had occurred . I was scared frustrated ,I went to the doc , advised I have ear infection and to take ear drops and nasal spray . Then my right ear started to ache and I had an infection on my right ear ,out drops in then clogged my hearing . It was not improving I went to an urgent care doc the advised I should not be using ear drops, it’s just fluid trapped behind my ear that will eventually drain , I was take oral antibiotics and a nasal spray that’s it it willl eventually subside and de clog so frustrating beyond belief . Ears take time to heal its all related to your sinuses .

  • My ears been clooged for 3 days now& its Startin to get really painful i went to the doctors & they gave me a eardrop to use & seems to make it worse theres soo much pain in my ear i need help asap?

  • My ears was really itchy and I typically try to relieve it with my pinky but they got blocked. I panicked a little. But I placed hydrogen peroxide on both left and right. The right one isn’t as bad as the left one. The left one seems completely blocked. I can hear but it is stuffy. I don’t want to freak out but did I damage my ears? I feel so stupid.

    • Hey I understand how you feel , it will clear it takes time about 8-10 days , ETD dysfunction can take months to completely heal itself , during this process you will be able to heal.

      I currently have ear popping after an ear infection , as was told I have ETD dysfunction , which takes months to clear its due to sinus allergies.

  • This particular feeling is only after I’ve slept. I wake up feeling like I have ear wax but it’s not. Then after about an hour of being up and moving. It is “unclogged” or “unblocked” again. It is just disconcerting. It has happened 3 days in a row now. What might be the cause?

    • There are probably a few reasons that you are experiencing this.
      Without a full examination, it would only be speculation, so I would recommend consulting an audiologist or doctor if you are concerned so that they can do a full assessment.

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