Clogged ears are a regular problem for people all around the world. The remedy depends on the cause. If you've got a cold and your ears clog up this means the tube connecting your middle ear to the back of your nose is probably blocked. The air in your middle ear space gets absorbed and this sucks your ear drum inwards, stopping it vibrating properly when the sound reaches it. Sometimes fluid fills the space. The deafness makes it feel like your ears are clogged up.
The best treatment in this case are anti-inflammatories and decongestants. You can get these over-the-counter at the pharmacist. Paracetamol, ibuprofen and pseudoephedrine are a great combination. You could also use Olbas oil or eucalyptus oil to help unblock your tubes.
Sometimes clogging is due to ear wax becoming dried and jammed against your ear drum. Signs of this are gradually worsening deafness and fullness. Sometimes people have buzzing or tinnitus as well. Drops and suctioning might be required. Visit your doctor if you have these symptoms.
A middle ear infection also creates the sensation of blockage. This tends to be more painful than the other causes listed here due to pressure on the ear drum. You should see a doctor if you have ear pain as you may need antibiotics. Wearing molded ear plugs such as ours from http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs can help prevent ear infections from swimming and getting water in the ears.
If you have an ear problem make sure you visit your GP for an ear examination. This article is not a substitute for medical advice.
Dr Toby Bateson for Zenplugs.com