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5 Ways To Unclog Your Plugged Up Ears | Ear Problems

in this video I’m going to show you five natural ways to unclog your plugged up ears coming up [Music] hi guys cliff Olson doctor of Audiology and founder of applied hearing solutions in anthem Arizona and on this channel I cover a bunch of hearing related information to help make you a better informed consumer so if you’re into that consider hitting the subscribe button our ears can get plugged up for a variety of reasons one of those is changing elevations whether you’re driving in a car through the mountains or you’re on an airplane ascending or descending you can get the sensation that your ears of being plugged up another reason your ears would feel clogged is if you are having a cold or a sinus infection and you have a bunch of mucus that is plugging up your sinuses so what is actually giving you the sensation that your ears are clogged our ears are comprised of an outer ear middle ear and inner ear our middle ear is connected to our throat by our eustachian tube this tube is responsible for keeping the air pressure in our middle ear equal with the air pressure in our outer ear if the eustachian tube does not keep things equal we get this perception that our ears are clogged so the simple solution to this problem is actually getting air to go through our your station tube into our middle ear space to regulate that pressure under normal circumstances our ears will naturally unclog just by swallowing but when swallowing isn’t enough you need to use a trick in order to get air through your eustachian tube into your middle ear space and the first one is called the valsalva maneuver very simply the valsalva maneuver is when you plug your nose and blow that’ll take air push it through your eustachian tube into your middle ear space and it will regulate that pressure if the valsalva maneuver isn’t getting the job done you may have to use our second technique which is the Lowrey method with the Lowrey method you basically do the same steps as you would with a valsalva maneuver but instead of just plugging your nose and blowing you’re plugging your nose blowing and swallowing at the same time that sometimes gets extra air through eustachian tube and into your middle ear space if you’re not capable of doing those first two techniques then the third technique is yawning because when you yawn it opens up those eustachian tubes just enough to let some air through technique number four is a little bit weird but you could actually have someone put their lips around your nose making sure they create a good seal and they can gently blow into your nose while you swallow this will force air through the tube again into your middle ear space I wouldn’t really recommend it because it can be dangerous if they’re blowing too hard instead of doing technique number four I would probably recommend that you do technique number five which is actually using the Eustachy the Eustachy is a very simple product that actually will blow air through your nostril to unclog your eustachian tubes while you swallow the concept is is that you actually take this little hole right there at the tip of the Eustachy you’ll put that into your nostril and then you’ll hit this start button here which will gently force air through your nostril down through your throat and into your eustachian tubes it’s much safer method of doing it than having someone wrap their lips around your nose and blowing when you use it you’ll do something like this right here you’ll hit the start button and you’ll feel air go through your nostril and when you feel that air you’re gonna swallow you’ll keep that button pressed down while you’re doing it and voila it forces there through your eustachian tube and into your middle ear space getting rid of that clogged sensation now if you’ve tried all of these natural methods and none of them seem to work your plug the ears could actually be something a little bit more serious the first one is is earwax if you have a bunch of earwax in your outer ear plugging up your ear canal it will definitely give you this sensation of being plugged up in fact most people think that that’s the original cause of their ears feeling clogged but then when they do some ear washes or they go in and have their ears cleaned out they find that they really didn’t have any ear wax in there at all it was just a middle ear issue the second thing that could be going on is fluid in your middle ear space so instead of a negative middle ear pressure you actually have fluid inside of there that is giving you that clogged up feeling now every once in a while that fluid will naturally go away sometimes doing those techniques that I described earlier will get that fluid to go back down through your eustachian tube into your throat but every once in a while it requires the use of a pressure equalization tube that will need to be put into your ear drum by an ear specialist and a third possible cause of your ears feeling clogged is sudden sensorineural hearing loss this generally happens in one ear versus the other and it is a much more serious medical situation than those other two situations that I talked about it’s actually required of you to go into a hearing care professional to get it diagnosed and to receive treatment from an ear specialist in the form of steroids or even a steroid injection through your eardrum to stop whatever is actually attacking your hearing organ treatment is extremely time sensitive with sudden sensorineural hearing loss so if you try any of these other techniques and they don’t work you need to immediately go in and see an audiologist to get your hearing tested and if you have sustained a sudden sensorineural hearing loss you need to get treatment immediately it is never a good idea to just assume that your clogged the ears is due to something simple like unequal eyes pressure in your middle ear space so if you try these techniques that I mentioned before and you’ve tried the Eustachy and that doesn’t fix the problem you need to schedule an appointment with an audiologist to get your hearing evaluated to see what the problem really is that’s it for this video if you have any questions leave them in the comments section below if you like the video please share it and if you want to see other videos just like this one go ahead and hit that subscribe button I’ll see you next time [Music] you [Music]

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