How to Unblock Ears After a Concert

A night out at a loud rock concert is a fun time for people of any age. Unfortunately, all of that pulse pounding music can result in ears that feel plugged or may even ring. The effects of ear problems caused by a brief exposure to loud noise are generally short, but this does not make it less uncomfortable. Relieving the effects of a loud concert can be accomplished at home without the need for medical intervention.

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Place a hot towel on the back of your neck. This can stimulate blood flow to the head and ears, which can relieve the ringing in the ears 1.

Avoid eating large amounts of salt. Salt will lead to water retention, which can make ringing and the plugged feelings in the ear even worse 1.

Take over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, according to the package directions. This will help relieve the pain and swelling associated with ear pain caused by loud noise.

Take a walk or perform any other vigorous exercise. This will help stimulate circulation, which will relieve the ringing and pain in the ears 1.

Listen to music, television or any other soothing noise quietly. This competing noise can help soothe the ringing and pain, and will also give your ears a more soothing sound to listen to than the ringing 1.

Wear ear plugs when exposed to loud noises or attempt to avoid loud music, television or sounds all together. This can exacerbate the ringing and plugged feeling that you are already experiencing 1.