How to unblock ears

Updated July 19, 2017

A blocked ear can cause discomfort and even effect balance. It creates an uneasy feeling that makes the sufferer crave instant relief. Blocked ears are fairly common and can be treated quite easily. There are both conventional and natural methods for unblocking ears.

Yawn or swallow really hard. For simple ear blockages, this usually does the trick. These actions both stimulate the muscles and open the ears. You can also get the same effect by holding your nose, closing your mouth and blowing.

Take a half-cup of warm water and mix it with a teaspoon of salt. Take a small quantity of the mixture and pour it into your palm.

Inhale the mixture through your nose while keeping your mouth closed. Turn your head from side to side and this should unblock the ears.

Take two garlic cloves and heat them in sesame oil. Let the oil cool slightly and place a few drops in your ear. Take a soft cloth and hold it over the ear and lie down with the covered ear facing the ground. This will help clear the ear and fight infection.


Use warm water along with hydrogen peroxide to clear ear blockages. Just a few drops in the ear should help clean them and reduce the pressure.


Avoid sticking anything into your ear. This could damage your eardrum and even cause permanent hearing loss. If your blockage is due to severe wax build-up, a doctor should remove it. If your ears are blocked due to a cold or flu, treating the illness is the only way to really unblock the ears. Hot drinks such as tea with honey and lemon can help temporarily relieve congestion and build-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Sesame oil
  • Cloth
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Gretchen Ivey has been a writer since 2005. She has written various articles for Internet sites as well as scripts for educational DVD's, and had her first fiction novel published this past year in ebook form. Ivey has two degrees, one in distory and the other in Spanish.