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Best Pillow For Ear Pain Relief – Best Pillows for Ears

If you’re one of the millions who suffer from ear pain, you know that finding a good pillow is essential. But with so many options on the market, which pillow is best for alleviating your ear pain? In this blog post, we’ll look at the different types of pillows and their effects on ear pain. So, which pillow is right for you? Keep reading to find out!

As a general rule, the best pillow to reduce ear pain should provide firm support for your head and neck while keeping your head and neck aligned. This type of pillow will help reduce the pressure on your ear, muscles, and joints. Finally, you’ll want to choose a pillow made from breathable materials.

If you’re wondering what the best pillow for ear pain is, I believe I can help. For over 30 years, I’ve been practicing chiropractic, and during that time, I’ve also trained as an ergonomist. I have a published book on posture, spoke on this subject on national tv, and have engineered several solutions to help people achieve better posture and comfort while sitting. In addition, I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of posture correcting devices. With all of this experience and expertise, I’m confident that I can help you find the best pillow for ear pain.

Why Does My Pillow Cause Ear Pain?

wrong pillow hurts ear

In general, sleeping on the same side for too long may hurt your ear. Your pillow may be too firm or not have a cut-out for your ear. You may also have Otitis media, a middle ear infection. It is always good to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Sleeping on the Same Side

sleeping on the same side

One of the most common causes of my patient’s ear pain is simply sleeping on the same side for too long. This position can pressure the ear cartilage, irritating the pain receptors and causing discomfort. Another common cause of ear pain is sleeping on a too-firm pillow. This type of pillow can also cause the ear cartilage to be pressured or folded, leading to pain. A few simple things can be done to help reduce or prevent ear pain. Sleeping on a softer pillow can help to relieve pressure on the ear cartilage. Additionally, sleeping on multiple pillows can help to keep the ear cartilage from being pressed too firmly against the pillow. Finally, sleeping with the head slightly elevated can also help to reduce pressure on the ear cartilage and prevent pain.








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No Ear Hole Pillow

If you’re experiencing pain in your ears, it’s likely due to improper support while you sleep. I found that most pillows don’t provide adequate support for the neck, shoulders, and head, leading to pain in the ears.

pillow with cut out for ear

The picture (above) is a pillow I designed with a shoulder cradle and a facial cradle that can help provide the support you need and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, this pillow has been engineered as a corrective pillow that cradles the neck and promotes side sleeping.

This pillow may help with pain relief in the ears, neck, shoulders, and jaw. Additionally, its cutaway design may improve breathing and address snoring. If you are looking for relief from ear pain, consider investing in a pillow that has been designed to provide optimal support.

Otitis Media

otitis media being checked by doctor

Occasionally, I find in my practice that ear pain is due to Otitis Media, an inflammation of the middle ear. Otitis Media is usually caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold, or bacteria entering the middle ear through the Eustachian tube.

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Other Causes of Earache

Additional causes of ear pain include earwax buildup, an object caught in the ear canal, or teeth grinding. In rare cases, ear pain can signify a more severe condition, such as an infection of the inner ear or skull fracture. If you experience persistent or severe ear pain, it’s essential to see a doctor to rule out any serious problems.

How Can I Sleep on My Side without Ear Pain?

ergonomic pillow for ear pain

There are several ways to reduce ear pain when sleeping on your side, and I believe that one of the most effective is to use an orthopedic pillow designed specifically for side sleepers. These pillows provide support for the head, neck, and shoulders while preventing the face from coming into contact with the pillow, which can cause pain. In addition, the pillow’s design helps keep the spine in alignment, which can further reduce ear pain.
It is essential to choose a soft pillow yet supportive pillow to avoid both ear pain and neck pain. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a comfortable and pain-free night’s sleep.








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What Does Chondrodermatitis Look Like?

Chondrodermatitis is a condition that affects the ear. The main symptom of CNH is the development of a small, raised bump on the outer part of the ear. This bump, known as a papule or nodule, is usually found on the helix or antihelix of the ear cartilage. The nodule can be painful or tender to the touch and may also itch. In some cases, the nodule may ulcerate or bleed. CNH is thought to be caused by repetitive trauma to the ear, such as from sleeping on one side or wearing headphones. Treatment for CNH typically involves avoiding irritants and managing pain with over-the-counter pain medications. In some cases, steroids or surgery may be necessary.

Can My Pillow Give Me Ear Infection?

the right pillow for ear comfort

Pillows are often thought of as a clean and safe haven for our heads at night, but did you know that pillows can give you ear infections? That’s right – a dirty, damp pillow can contribute to ear infections and other problems like headaches and even pain on the outside of your ear. So what can you do to prevent this from happening?

Here are some of my best tips:

  • Keep your pillow clean and dry. A pillow protector will help with this and use a soft pillowcase.
  • Use a natural latex foam pillow. These pillows are naturally antimicrobial and will help to keep your pillow clean.
  • Don’t forget to fluff your pillow regularly. This action will help keep it dry and prevent any moisture from buildup.

By following these simple tips, you can help prevent ear infections – and enjoy a good night’s sleep!

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Can Sleeping On One Side Cause Ear Problems?

When you sleep on your side, you pressure the cartilage that holds your ear in place. This posture can cause the ear to become misshapen and cause pain. Additionally, sleeping on one side can intensify an ear infection or blockage. If you suffer from frequent ear infections, it is best to sleep on your back or an extra pillow to elevate your head. This position will help to reduce the pressure on your ears and allow them to heal correctly.

My Ears Are Sore Every Morning. Why Is That?

There are a few reasons why you might wake up with sore ears. A cold, allergies or a sinus infection can block the tubes in your middle ear. When fluid builds up and gets infected, your doctor will call it otitis media. This is the most common cause of ear pain. If your doctor thinks the cause is bacteria, she may prescribe antibiotics. Another possibility is that you slept on your ear in an awkward position and pushed on the delicate tissues inside. This can cause pain, but it usually goes away within a day or so. If you have any concerns, though, it’s always best to check with your doctor to be sure.

What Causes My Ear Pain to Be Worse at Night?

There are a few reasons why your ear pain may be worse at night. One possibility is that you’re lying down, which makes it more difficult for air to pass through your Eustachian tubes. This can block the tubes and prevent them from draining, leading to increased pain. Another possibility is that you’re exposed to more dust and pollen at night, which can aggravate your condition. Finally, it’s possible that your pain is simply exacerbated by the quiet of the night, making it more noticeable than during the day. Whatever the cause, there are a few things you can do to ease your ear pain at night. Try using a humidifier to add moisture to the air, which can help clear your blocked tubes. You can also try sleeping on your side with a pillow propped up under your head, which can help drain your ears. If your pain is severe, you may need to see a doctor for further treatment.

Is a Memory Foam Pillow Good for Earaches?

Memory foam pillows may offer some benefits for those suffering from an earache or other related head and neck discomfort. However, I found that this type of pillow is especially beneficial if it is made out of natural latex and designed by a certified back specialist. Latex offers an unparalleled ability to disburse pressure across the neck area, which can lead to better sleep and ease earache pain. In addition, getting fitted for a pillow specifically tailored to your needs can help ensure you will get the maximum benefit from your pillow.


There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a pillow to relieve ear pain. The most important factor is finding a pillow that correctly supports your head and neck. This type of pillow will help keep your spine aligned and reduce the pressure on your ears.

Another thing to consider is the material of the pillow. Some people find that down or feather pillows cause more ear pain, while others prefer memory foam or latex pillows.

Finally, you’ll want to choose a pillow that’s the right size and shape for you. A too-big or too-small pillow can put extra pressure on your ears, while a rectangular pillow may not provide enough support for your neck.


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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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