How to Depressurize Your Ears

By Valencia Higuera

Ear pressure occurs when fluid or mucus settles in the ear, or during airplane travel or mountain driving. This condition can develop while you battle colds, sinusitis and allergies, and ear pressure can cause muffled hearing and ringing in your ear. Fortunately, there are quick and simple ways to depressurize your ear and regain hearing. Medications can help solve this common problem, or you can remedy ear pressure with natural methods.

Ear pressure occurs when fluid or mucus settles in the ear, or during airplane travel or mountain driving. This condition can develop while you battle colds, sinusitis and allergies, and ear pressure can cause muffled hearing and ringing in your ear. Fortunately, there are quick and simple ways to depressurize your ear and regain hearing. Medications can help solve this common problem, or you can remedy ear pressure with natural methods.

Remedy ear pressure with OTC drugs. Decongestants found in cold, allergy and sinus medications can quickly break up mucus in the body and promote drainage to relieve pressure in the ears. Use these medications as instructed.

Use steam to depressurize your ear. Steam from a hot shower or wet cloth can drain mucus or fluid in your ears. Take a shower, or position a wet, hot cloth over your ears.

Increase drainage with a humidifier. Mucus and fluids cannot drain from the ear if there's dry air in your home. Turn on a humidifier to increase the humidity in your space and depressurize your ear.

Chew gum. The motion of gum chewing can pop your ears and alleviate pressure.

Inhale, close your mouth and plug your nose, then breathe out or exhale. This trick helps open the Eustachian tube and depressurizes the ears.

Warning

Seek medical attention if ear pressure doesn't stop within a few hours, or if you experience severe pain.

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About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.

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