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Ear Blockage - Causes and Diagnosis

Written by
Dr. A.k.srivastava
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Sep 13, 2014 and last reviewed on Oct 17, 2019   -  1 min read



Ear blockage is a common problem, which can be caused by wax in the ear, fungal infection, trauma, etc. Read the article to know the other causes and treatments.

Ear Blockage - Causes and Diagnosis

Blockade of ear is a very common complaint. Since it’s onset is always sudden patients feel very uncomfortable. In resting phase our ear keeps on sending sound impulses to the brain and in this way everyone remains aware of the surrounding atmosphere. Any situation which decreases the mobility of the ear drum may cause ear blockade.

Causes of Ear Blockade

  • Impacted wax in the ear.
  • Otomycosis (fungal infection in ear).
  • Traumatic perforation of the ear drum (due to slap injury of the ear).
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)- sudden deafness.

All the above are easily diagnosed by taking detailed history of the disease and by doing clinical examination.


Diagnosis may be verified by the following investigations (hearing tests).

  1. Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA).
  2. Impedance Audiometry.

All the above have different modes of treatment and hence treated accordingly.

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Last reviewed at:
17 Oct 2019  -  1 min read




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