Blocked Ears Causes, Symptoms, & How To Treat

One of the most common causes of a blocked ear is wax build up, with nasal congestion another common cause. It is an extremely irritating condition, which affects day-to-day quality of life and should be attended to as soon as possible.

If you have had a recent cold or upper respiratory tract infection, this could be causing the blockage. Your ears will usually unblock after the congestion clears up but if they don’t, you should consult a medical professional. For blockages related to excessive earwax, your local Earworx registered nurse is here to help.

What Causes Earwax Build-Up?

Earwax build-up, also known as excessive or impacted earwax is present in 1 in 10 children and 1 in 20 adults.. One-third of the geriatric or developmentally delayed populations will also experience this condition.

You will be more likely to suffer from blocked ears caused by earwax if you:

  • Use hearing aids
  • Have naturally hairy, narrow or curvy ear canals
  • Try to remove earwax with objects like cotton buds or ear candles
  • Have a genetic disposition to excessive earwax
  • Use earphones or earplugs regularly
  • Are suffering from stress
  • Work in dirty or dusty environments

How to Treat Blocked Ears

Given how delicate the structures of our ears are, care should be taken when considering the use of any home remedies to treat blocked ears. Not only can they be ineffective, but they may also cause damage to your sensitive ear canals and drums. A good first line treatment for excessive earwax recommended by clinical professionals is ear wax softening drops, but these are only suitable if your eardrums are not perforated.

A safe and effective way to remove excess wax is to visit an Earworx clinic and have a registered nurse remove wax using gentle micro-suction and curettage. We use the following procedure:

  • Firstly, we ask you a series of questions about your ear health, and any symptoms of ear blockage you have noticed.
  • A registered nurse will use a speculum and loupes, which are binoculars fitted with a light, to inspect your ear canal and see if the blockage will need to be removed via micro-suction
  • The procedure will be thoroughly explained prior to proceeding. With your approval the nurse will use curettes, forceps and micro-suction to remove the blockage and unblock your ears.

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