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"Any home remedy suggestions to unplug a clogged ear?"

ZocdocAnswersAny home remedy suggestions to unplug a clogged ear?


Had sore throat and congested sinuses. Those are now gone but the congestion has travelled into my right ear. Tried sudafed, peroxide, homeopathic drop, hot compresses. Nothing helping. Still clogged. Slight ringing. Very minimal hearing loss. Just feels full and the ringing is irritating.


Ringing in the ears can be very frustrating, and it sounds like these symptoms have been bothering you for quite some time. It is quite possible, as you suggest, that your ear symptoms are related to the sore throat and sinus congestion you had in the recent past. However, given that your symptoms have persisted in the ear and you are now noticing some hearing loss, the best thing for you to do is visit your primary care physician so he or she can evaluate your ears on exam and may consider the option of sending you to an audiologist for more sophisticated hearing assessment or to an ear/nose/throat specialist. It is possible that you may simply have a substantial buildup of ear wax in the affected ear, and removal of this wax may eliminate all of your symptoms. However, there are also a number of other conditions that can affect the outer and inner ear to cause some of the symptoms you describe. In order to make sure that your health is protected in future, it is important to eliminate any treatable causes of hearing loss and the other bothersome symptoms you describe. In this situation, the rest of your health history will also likely be very helpful, as prior illnesses can sometimes have effects on the hearing many years later. Please talk to your doctor soon.

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