Hearing loss can have any number of causes, including some types of hearing loss that are caused by multiple issues. However, one of the most common causes of hearing loss, certainly for temporary hearing loss, is clogged ears.
Although it may sound simple or even a little silly, it’s not that funny when it’s happens to you. Hearing loss is only one of the signs that you’ve got a blockage in your ears. You may also feel dizzy or your ears may hurt or feel full.
Earwax exists to protect your ear canal and most of the time, it functions as it should. However, it can build up and if you get water in your ears, the water can cause earwax to swell. Another common cause of earwax buildup is a common attempt at a cure. That is, people reach for cotton swabs to clean their ears, which can make the problem worse.
Cotton swabs can push earwax into the ear and even compact it, so it builds up. Although cotton swabs may produce a pleasant sensation and the belief that you’re doing something to help, it’s best to avoid them—at least in your ears.
So how can you solve the problem? It’s best to see a doctor, but if that’s not an option for you at the moment, there are a few home remedies that are better than cotton swabs. First, you can make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol and apply it to your ear. Use a cotton ball, not a swab, for the best results.
There are also over-the-counter earwax removal kits that might be worth a try. These are similar to the methods a doctor would use, like dissolving drops and irrigation kits. They can be a budget-friendly option if you can’t see a doctor just yet. However, if this still doesn’t solve the issue, you should make time for professional help.