Sometimes when I feel an inner ear blockage I chew a garlic clove, an onion cutting, and some horseradish pulp that is just moistened with vinegar. It nearly all burns HEHE, then when I swallow the juice I 'pop' my ears.
It works like a charm, then for a moment everything swells and closes, and in a minute all your sinuses open up and the ears clear. WOW.
You have to watch it, if you do this on an low stomach it can make you vomit. I chew on a carrot immediately after doing it 'cuz the carrot somehow takes away the burning in the mouth.
the garlic burns about as bad as the horse...
BTW, so far daily garlic prevents ear infection well for me. I don't get many complaints about smelling like italian food....