Clogged Ear

Clogged ears can occur due to increased buildup of fluids, loud sounds, foreign objects in ears, head trauma, changes in air pressure, and ear infections. The common symptoms are ear pain, a feeling of fullness in the ears, decreased hearing, and dizziness. It can be managed by doing Valsalva maneuver, steam inhalation, using ear drops, and taking medications.

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After recovering from a sinus infection, I developed a clogged ear. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am recovering from a sinus infection. I have had a clogged right ear ringing for the last four days. The ear ringing was on and off with loudness but seemed to be better in the morning. But yesterday, I woke up and had distorted hearing, like I am underwater in the same ear. Kindly a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, it can be either otitis media with effusion or eustachian tube dysfunction secondary to the sinus and nasal infection. Otitis media with effusion is a collection of fluid in the middle ear, whereas eustachian tube dysfunction is blockage of the e...  Read Full »

My wife had a cold few weeks before and her left ear is clogged despite taking medications. Will flight travel damage her ear?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife had a cold a few weeks ago and ever since then her left ear is not getting stabilized. Her left ear is fully clogged and nothing seems to help. She has had trouble with this ear in the past which would occasionally clog but release from time to time. Currently, she is taking Amo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Continue tablet Amoxicillin for a week. Use local nasal decongestant drops twice daily in a supine position for four days. During the takeoff and landing of the plane, she has to chew gum. I also recommend an anti-inflammatory, anti-ede...  Read Full »

Why do our ears feel full or clogged when we are in a closed room?

Query: Hello doctor, Why do our ears feel full or clogged when we are in a closed room? Are these because of air pressure and ambient noise?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rather than a closed or open room, this is related to outside and inside ear pressure. There is an air cavity in our ear called a middle ear, and there is a membrane which separates this cavity from the external environment called a tympanic layer. So, there is air o...  Read Full »

Can heaviness and slight pressure inside the ear of my daughter be neurological?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has nerve hearing loss of around 50 % in left ear along with tinnitus since 10 years. She is 22 now. On the second of this month, she had put a drop of oil in the left ear. In finding herself uncomfortable, she visited an ENT, who put her on antibiotics for middle ear infectio...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms of your daughter seem primarily related to her ear. Though sometimes, there can be a spread of infection from ear to brain or other intracranial complication due to ear pathology. I suggest you get an MRI of the brain with contrast with MR venogram ...  Read Full »

I was exposed to fireworks which produced loud sounds near my ear. Why does my ear feel clogged?

Query: Hi doctor, Three to four days back, I was exposed to fireworks that affected my ear. I had no previous history of ear problems. Yesterday I went to a general physician who told me my ear drum looks fine. Currently, I am taking hypertensive drugs and water pills. However, the ear still feels clogge...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have been exposed to sudden loud sounds; this usually results in acoustic trauma. There are two variants of it. Better assessment can be done if you can answer the following questions. 1. What drugs have your general physician prescribed? 2. How many hours has ...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest some solutions for muffled hearing?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask when I pull the lobule of my ear or the place where earrings are placed. My ear becomes muffled, then when I push it back, it becomes normal again. This happened after I accidentally let the shower water in my ear, and I tried to do the vacuum technique to let the water out...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The most common reason for having this problem can be due to the accumulation of wax. When you pull your ear, there could be some obstruction that makes your hearing muffled, and then when the ear is set straight, the hearing gets restored. I wo...  Read Full »

I am suffering from pain in my left ear after getting hurt. Is it a serious concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I was slapped on the left part of my face, and now my ears hurt. It feels clogged and painful, and I hear unusual sounds as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a high possibility that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum. It is a prevalent thing to happen, and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear. You will have s...  Read Full »

My ear has been clogged for weeks with no wax buildup. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,My ear has been clogged for weeks, and it just worsens. The doctors I work with do not see any wax buildup. When I blow through my nose, it does not pop; I have tried chewing gum and yawning. I even attempted hydrogen peroxide and nothing helped. No redness is visible, either. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Using Q tips to clean ears is helpful. However, the Q tips are not meant to be used inside the ears and are intended to apply medications like ointment oils on the skin. Putting Q tips in the ear leads to pushing the wax further inside, d...  Read Full »

I have had swelling on one side of the neck and a popping sensation in the ear. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,The right gland in my neck has been larger for the past week, and it is only on one side. It does not hurt and is not hard to touch or feel attached to anything. However, today my right ear started to have a popping sensation. Is this something I should worry about? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have developed eustachian tube catarrh, which is secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function, a negative pressure develops in the side of th...  Read Full »

My right sinus and ear are always full with sore throat. What is the problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sore throat. My right sinus and ear are always full. The sore is behind my right tonsil.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your right sinus is full which indicates that you are suffering from right-sided sinusitis. It will create a post nasal drip and eustachian tube dysfunction. Therefore, a sore throat and a clogged ear are likely to develop. It will be better t...  Read Full »

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