How To Treat A Clogged Ear

Try The Valsalva Maneuver

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Patients must be cautious if they choose to try using the Valsalva maneuver. While highly effective at helping relieve clogged ears, this is a delicate situation. This maneuver is performed by taking one hand and closing both nostrils, and then closing the mouth completely. Once both airways are completely restricted, individuals will try to blow out of their closed nose or mouth. This helps relieve pressure by equalizing it in both ears. 

The problem with this maneuver is individuals can make it worse if they blow too hard. Thus, patients must be careful to blow hard, but not so hard that they make it even more difficult to hear. This is a method many patients use when they are traveling by plane and their ears begin to pop. The popping sensation is often difficult to deal with, but the pressure can be changed easily using this maneuver.

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