5 tricks for popping your ears after a flight

Look at this! Clogged ears are the worst thing that happened to this woman all day!!!


It’s been two hours since you at the airport, and your ears still feel clogged.

Than is slightly uncomfortable, ear congestion can put a damper on your journey if you struggle to listen to the guides, follow business meetings, or chat with friends at the bar of the hotel.

Instead of waiting that awkward, anxious feeling to go away on its own, you can accelerate the process by using safe and natural methods designed to the Eustachian tube and drain the fluids in your ears. These techniques can also come in handy if a cold or sinus infection, your ears blocked hours for a flight, and you want to avoid the potentially painful experience of flying with clogged ears.

So if it’s been a few hours ago is that you get out of the plane and you can’t quite hear your travel companion’s thoughts about the local cuisine, try one of the 5 methods below to unclog your ears and come back to enjoy your trip:

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1. The Valsalva Maneuver

Close your mouth, pinch your nose together and blow gently. This method will equalize the pressure in your Eustachian tube, but be careful not to slap too hard, so you don’t damage your eardrums.

2. The Toynbee Maneuver

The Toynbee Maneuver works as the Valsalva Maneuver, in that it helps to equalize the pressure in your ears. With the help of this method, pinch your nose and take a few sips of water to help you swallow.

3. Olive oil or hydrogen Peroxide

This technique should to open your Eustachian tube by softening and removing earwax. Add the lukewarm olive oil or hydrogen peroxide, an ear dropper and lie down with the affected ear upwards. Place three to five drops of the liquid into your clogged ears and stay in this position for five to ten minutes. Then turn the sides with the affected ear down and wait for your ear to drain ear wax and excess oil or hydrogen peroxide. (Make sure you have a towel pressed against your ear while you do this.) When you are finished, use a cotton boll or tissue to enjoy a fluid at the entrance of the ear canal. You can use this technique three times per day for up to seven days.

4. Hot Compress

Take a washcloth, run it under hot water and wring out the water. Apply the cloth to your ear for five to ten minutes, and the moisture in your ear starts to leak.

5. Steaming

Boil a pan with water and place in a large bowl. Create a tent with a towel covering yourself and the bowl. Inhale the steam to help the mucus thin and earwax in your ear. If you want, you can add a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil to the water for a further reduction of pain and inflammation. Breath in until you feel your ear start to open up.

As an alternative, you can also hop in the shower for 10 minutes. If your ear is clogged on your flight and you need a quick relief of the pain, ask your flight attendant for a cup of coffee and two cups, one empty and filled with warm water. Steep the tea bag in a cup of warm water, and then transfer the tea to the empty cup, keeping the tea bag and a little bit of water in the first cup. Keep that first cup up to your ear; tea bag will lock in the heat of the water and the steam of the tea bag will help relieve your ear pain.

The prevention of clogged ears next time

The best way to get rid of ear blockage is to prevent it from happening in the first place. To that end, here are a few tricks to keep your ears from popping on your next flight.

  • Take Sudafed or your desired decongestant one hour before your flight to thin mucus in your sinuses. (Of course, follow the instructions and consult a doctor if there is a question of whether you should or should not take place in the over-the-counter drugs.)
  • Open your Eustachian tubes by the use of a nasal spray, such as Afrin, both before you board and 45 minutes for the landing.
  • Earplugs for the relieving of air pressure mid-flight.
  • Chew gum, yawn, and suck on hard candy when taking off and landing.

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