Why do ears get blocked?

That feeling when your ears are blocked can be frustrating. Sometimes there can be a simple fix. Other times it could be a serious hearing issue.

Let’s take a look at the most common causes of muffled hearing.

4 reasons for blocked ears

Impacted Earwax

Earwax is the most common cause of blocked ears or quieter hearing. This build-up happens when your ears do not push the ear wax out naturally, and then wax builds up, which causes a blockage. Causes could be health reasons, home remedies not performed correctly or even narrow ear canals.

Luckily there is an easy solution. Getting a free lifestyle hearing assessment to determine the cause followed by an ear wax removal procedure can easily elevate the blockage.

Water or Liquid in your ears

After swimming, bath or even heavy rainwater can get trapped in the ear canals. Tilting the affected ear and wiggling your ear lobe to remove the water could help.

Having water in your ear is also known as swimmers’ ear and is a common problem.

Earplugs can keep out the water while swimming or in the bath. It can take a while to find the right ones as everyone’s ears are different.

If fluid enters and stays in your ears, it may cause pain, and it may be advisable to seek medical attention.

Noise Damage


Noise damage can make ears feel clogged due to the muffled sound. Which can feel similar to having fluid or earwax blockages.

Noise damage is one of the most common types of sensorineural hearing loss and can increase the severity of a tinnitus problem.

This damage can occur in many situations, including listening to music too loud with headphones or through speakers, construction or factory jobs, busy offices or places with large amounts of people in one place.

Hearing loss through noise damage doesn’t have to occur in a short amount of time. It can happen over many years and worsen unnoticeably to the person suffering.

If you think you have possible noise damage, get a free lifestyle hearing assessment by a premier hearing audiologist. In this hearing test, we will be able to find out if you have any hearing loss.

Blocked nose causing pressure in the sinus

When you have a cold or illness affecting your nose, it may also affect your hearing. The sinuses and ear canals are close next to each other, and when sinuses become inflamed, this can have a knock-on effect causing eustachian tubes to swell, which causes temporary hearing loss.

Most of the time, the hearing loss will clear up with the infection or after taking anti-inflammatory medication. It is also a good idea to be mindful of your hearing after such an illness to make sure there is no residual hearing loss.

Especially with COVID-19 still prevalent and the widely varying and long-lasting effects it has had on people, it could be a good idea to get your hearing checked out if you notice a difference after contracting COVID-19. Read our COVID-19 hearing article to find out more.

It may be just your ears that need to be ‘popped’. Healthline have some tips on how to pop your ears.

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