After I contracted an inner ear infection, I searched for every clogged ear remedy I could find. I honestly thought at one point I was going to be permanently deaf in one ear, and the ear pain was almost more than I could bear. My doctor's preferred ear infection treatment was a shot of a very powerful antibiotic, but I'm very afraid of needles. He gave me three rounds of an oral antibiotic instead.
One thing I tried when I had a clogged ear was a warm compress held against my ear. Once the entire ear canal and Eustachian tube opened up, I felt ten times better.