How to Uncork Ears
Sometimes, especially if there is a sudden change in pressure (while you are in the air or underwater), the Eustachian tubes are obstructed giving you the feeling of having your ears plugged. The Eustachian tubes connect the middle ear to the pharynx and have the function of absorbing the fluid and controlling the pressure of the ears. If your plugged ears are bothering you, read on to learn how to fix it.
1) Open your mouth slightly, as if yawning.
Open it as you would to say “ah”, and try to yawn. Keep opening your mouth in the shape of “O” slowly until you yawn.
Stop if you feel your ears are uncorking. On the other hand, if the first yawn did not work. You notice it when the pressure stabilizes. Not only will you hear a pop, but you will hear much more clearly than before.
2) Head down.
Watching the sky will put the Eustachian tubes in the right position. Push the jaw outwards. This movement can induce the yawning that opens the Eustachian tubes and releases the ears.
3) Chew a chewing gum.
If yawning does not work, you could try chewing a gum – even pretend to chew it. The movement will help the internal pressure of the ear to become like the external pressure. Like the yawning, the chewing gum method can also be used as a preventive measure. Do it when you are about to change altitude to prevent the disturbance.
Chew a large rubber. We’re talking about something like Big Babol and not some little candy-like Daygum. The jaw movement should be wide to open the throat and balance the pressure in the ears. If you have nothing to chew, try to pretend the movement exaggerated as if you were literally trying to eat something that is bigger than your mouth. 12 JULY 2018
4) Sucking a hard candy or a throat tablet.
Just like when chewing gum, the movement of eating a candy, a mint or another similar tablet normalizes the pressure. Do not chew it, though! You’re not just eating a candy, you have to suck it for a while to create the effect of pressure.
5) Have a big glass of water.
Swallowing involves the simultaneous combination of several effective techniques in one movement. Pour a nice glass of water, head down to align the Eustachian tubes and drink the water in large gullies to equalize the internal pressure to the outside. If the movement is correct, you should hear a “pop” and the pain should stop.
6) If you have water in your ears, use your fingers very carefully to create a little pressure inside them.
If you have managed to remove the water but feel that irritating sensation of pain/pressure inside the ear, then you can use gravity by bending to the side of the hips and placing the ear parallel to the ground. Put a fingertip on top of the ear canal (not inside!) And move it back and forth like a plunger. This movement gently changes the pressure inside the ear and allows them to release themselves, letting the trapped water out.
Never put a finger in the ear canal. You are not trying to eliminate water mechanically, just to change the pressure. If you put your fingers in the bottom of your ear you could cause damage.
7) Implement the Valsalva manoeuvre.
It may seem complicated, but the concept behind this technique is to apply a contrary pressure on the Eustachian tubes.
Pinch your nose with your fingers, close your mouth and gently blow from your nose. The ears should open up allowing the pressure to normalize.
Do not put too much strength. Valsalva’s manoeuvre must not be done energetically, and doing it too often can irritate and inflame the trumpets, making it more difficult to free them.
Some people find it useful to lean forward while executing this manoeuvre. Lean forward as if you wanted to stretch out to touch your toes. He alternates the Valsalva manoeuvre with very large air suckers. Continue this way until the headset pressure stabilizes.
Relieving a congestion
8) Contact a doctor.
If your ears are constantly plugged, you may suffer from severe sinusitis that causes chronic inflammation. Your doctor may suggest a nasal spray or an antibiotic. In the meantime, take measures to reduce an earache or infection.
If you suspect it may be a temporomandibular joint disorder (problem with the joint connecting the jaw to the skull), it may be a good idea to consult a dentist or medical specialist who specializes in the oral cavity.
9) Get a special device prescribed.
If you can not uncork your ears, talk to your doctor about this tool. It’s specific to help you normalize the internal pressure with the external pressure and therefore to open the ears. This is an expensive device, sold only by prescription.
10) Rinse nasal sinuses regularly.
If you are prone to sinusitis, suffer from allergies or have recently passed a cold, your ears may be closed and you may have problems with balance. So here it is necessary to unlock them. To solve the problem, tackle the congestion by rinsing the nasal sinuses regularly and gently with warm salt water.
For this purpose, there are neti-pots that can be filled with distilled water and some salt. Recline the head on one side, above the sink, and pour the water into a nostril letting it flow into the nasal cavity and come out from the other nostril. It will be a little strange the first few times, but it’s a great way to unlock your nasal sinuses.
If the nasal sinuses are so clogged to the point that the water can not flow through, the pressure change caused by trying to pass the liquid could be enough to relieve congestion and decrease the feeling of closed ears. Worth a try.
Be sure to clean your nasal irrigator after each use and use only sterile and distilled water to avoid introducing bacteria into your body.
11) Take an antihistamine or a decongestant before the symptoms get worse.
Be proactive and protect yourself from this annoying feeling. If you suffer from sinusitis very often, do not wait to experience severe pain caused by pressure in your ears and find a way to release them immediately. Manage the problem of closed ears by treating the underlying disease (sinusitis) with over-the-counter medications.
12) Take a hot bath and soak your ears.
If you are sick and want some relief, take a hot bath and lie down so as to soak your ears. Recline the chin and swallow vigorously a couple of times and check if the ears open. The change in pressure should normalize the internal one and the steam in the hot water should relieve congestion. If after bathing you still have a feeling of pressure, bend on one side so that the ear is parallel to the ground and use your finger to create some pressure as described above.
If you suffer from an ear infection, avoid immersing your ears as it may make it worse. The steam in the hot bath should still give you some relief.
13) Blow your nose gently.
This action is in practice a version of the Valsalva manoeuvre with the added advantage of unlocking the closed nose. Use a handkerchief and close one nostril at a time while gently blowing from the other. This should normalize the pressure.
It is important to be particularly delicate. Blow your nose as if it were a trumpet could make the situation worse and make the need to unlock them even stronger.
14) Gargle with warm water and salt.
Make sure that the water is the hottest you can tolerate without getting burned. Add a teaspoon of salt and mix to dissolve it. Use an entire cup of water to make several gargles waiting for 1 minute between one and the other, but take a 30-minute break before another session.
15) Try with a mixture of alcohol and vinegar.
If you suspect that the pressure imbalance in the ear is due to an excess of ear wax, it may be useful to try this method first, and then use the other techniques to rebalance the pressure. Here’s how:
Mix in equal parts vinegar and 70% isopropyl alcohol. This solution softens the earwax and unblocks it.
Gently incline the head to one side and insert a couple of drops of a solution with a dropper.
Keep your head in this position for a few seconds before returning to a standing position. The solution should flow out of the ear. Repeat with each other.
16) Rinse your ear with a little water.
Even if the solution should evaporate thanks to alcohol, it is still a good idea to rinse. Suck a little water with a dropper and then let a pair fall into your ear. Wait a few seconds before tilting the head to the other side and encouraging the liquid to escape.
17) Eat something very spicy, like some jalapeno pepper.
It is certainly not the best of flavours, but it will certainly dissolve the mucus (it is believed that capsaicin has this property). Blow your nose and move your jaw when the mucus begins to melt. You may feel your ears uncork.
18) Try craniosacral therapy.
It is a message of the skull (rather controversial) that was developed in the twentieth century and which aims to “rebalance the natural rhythm of cerebrospinal flow”. Although it is used with varying degrees of success in the treatment of a large number of disorders, this massage can be useful in correcting the pressure loss inside the Eustachian tubes, which creates the closure of the ears.
It is important to know that many of the statements made by supporters of craniosacral therapy are dubious. But if you are desperate and the other techniques do not work, try it does not hurt.
19) Consult a chiropractor.
If the ear discomfort is due to problems with the neck or jaw, a good chiropractor might be able to perform some manoeuvres to solve the problem.
20) Try acupuncture.
It is a technique used to treat a little bit of everything, from the pain of the ligament to that of the jaw, even up to the inflammation of the ear. Ask an acupuncturist and discuss with him about your problem, if you’ve already tried everything and your ears are still closed.