my ear feels clogged up i tried wax removal and it didnt work flushing with water and q-tips didnt work help?

i tried flushing out many time with water. i cant hear out of it and its bugging the **** out of me. its my left ear and nothing is working i dont have any money right now because i spent it on the wax removal that didnt work. any help or home remedies

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Go pick up a ear wax removal kit. They cost about $4 at any Wal-Mart or drug store. You may have to use it for a few days but it will safely remove the wax from your ear. People putting Q-Tips in their ears cause far more ear infections than not. The wax is a protecting substance inside your ear to help prevent ear infections,, removing all of it allows bacteria to set up shop in your ear.

    Source(s): I'm a retired RN
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    1 decade ago

    I used to have the same problem. Do not use q-tips! It will make it worse because when you put a q-tip in your ear, you're actually pushing the wax in further. The best way to get the wax removed is to have a nurse/doctor do it. I've had them do it for me before and you can hear sooo much better afterwards! There's a couple different methods but for me, they put drops in my ear to loosen the wax and after a few minutes, they took a big suringe of luke warm water and shot it in my ear until all the wax flushed out. That works well but if it happens a lot and you can't always get to the doctor, there's a device you can buy at CVS that I found that helps. It's called an Ototek Loop, which is a pick that was designed by an MD/ear specialist, so it's safe to use. It's basically a pick with an ear guard (for safety so u don't injure your eardrum) and a tiny loop at the end of the pick and you scoop the wax out of your ear. It gets everything out without pushing the wax in further. Check it out on

    I've tried all kinds of products from drugstores and that's the only one that actually works (besides when a nurse does it for you). Oh btw, you said u don't have money- this ototek loop is inexpensive. It's cheap compared to all the other products on the market and you can wash and reuse it. Oh and i'm sure it's better than those ear candle things people above mentioned. It doesn't take 20 minutes and you can do it by yourself. It takes like 2 seconds.

    Source(s): I've had plugged up ears from ear wax a lot but i've fixed the problem.
  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know where you live, or what type of wax removal you've tried, but here's a sure fire way that's really inexpensive and will give you some relief.

    Let your fingers do the walking and call a few health food type stores to see if they sell any "Ear Candles". It's a hollow candle, some made out of a thin wax, others from bees wax, etc. Ask them how much they are. The cheap ones do the same thing as the expensive ones, and the cheap ones should be between $1.50 and $2.00.

    You need to have someone else help you do it, but what will happen is the candle will pull out any infection, and all the wax build up in your ear and further into the ear canal (the part you can't see). After you do this (takes about 20 minutes give or take), the hollow candle will have either a lot of ear wax or white infection goop in it. After "candling" your ear, you should feel at least somewhat better.

    If there was just ear wax in the candle, no worries. If you have white goop, that's infection, in which case you definitely need some antibiotics to clear it up.

    If you need or want more info - just let me know! Hope it helps!

    Source(s): Personal experience - I had an ear infection that a doctor wasn't able to see, and the candle literally sucked out the infection. I had my ear candled on my lunch hour and went back to work feeling TONS better!!
  • 1 decade ago

    how long has it felt clogged? I have had a "clogged ear" for 5 years. I have just been diagnosed with tmj. My ear is not actually clogged, I am feeling the pressure from the inflammation in my jaw. I can constantly pop my ear but it only provides a second of relief. Do you grind your teeth? Do you clench your jaw? Not everyone has the jaw pain typically associated with tmj. check out , they have a list of symptoms. It's worth taking a look at. I lived with this for 5 years and saw 7 doctors before I got a correct diagnosis.

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  • 3 years ago

    Ototek Loop

  • 1 decade ago

    It might be the Eustachian Tube is not draining. That is the tube draining the ear--behind the ear drum. Try some over-the-counter decongestant medicine. Sudafed has worked for me. There are others on the shelf also--or ask the pharmacist for advice.

  • 1 decade ago

    I had this for months with no relief. I went to a Ear Doc and he said...... hold your nose and swallow. as many times as it takes. It only took once. like a miracle it worked! It even has a name that I can't remember the something maneuver.

    Source(s): My Ear Doc
  • 1 decade ago

    They have ear wax remover at the store I would try that

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. Ear candles.

    You can get them at any healthfood store. They are very inexpensive.

    Maybe 2 dollars a piece.

    They're amazing.

    The people at the store will explain to you how to use them otherwise you can learn how online:

    I promise this method works wonders, do it!!!

    Source(s): Previous experience.
  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds to me like you have what I have. You need to go to the doctor and see ifyou have a conductive hearing loss. I have that in my right ear. It always feels plugged. Really annoying. Unfortunatly my friend, their is no cure.

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