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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I have severe pressure in my inner ear despite medications and clearing of ear wax by a doctor. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe pressure in my inner ear. I went to the doctor last week, and he cleaned my ear. But now, the pressure is intense, and I cannot hear anything. I have antibiotic drops, but they do not seem to help. I had this problem about ten days ago, but the pressure is getting worse. I w...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I assume pressure means you are not hearing anything in that ear and it feels blocked. If this is the case, it should be serous otitis media. In this condition, there would be a collection of fluid behind your ear ...  Read Full »

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 »

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 ha...  Read Full »

I have ear pain and runny nose with clear fluid leaking out from my ear since last weekend. Are my eardrums perforated?

Query: Hello doctor, Are my eardrums perforated? Last weekend, I started with a runny nose, then woke up with ear pain on Saturday, and fluid started leaking out of my ear. I got a Z-pak on Saturday, and now both ears feel full, have pain, and clear fluid is leaking out. Kindly advise what to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the shown parts of both eardrums (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there are no apparent perforations. The second photo is for the left eardrum, as I think. I can see some dark coloration on the eardrum. Do you suffer from itching ...  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 to rul...  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. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to 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 sym...  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. B. 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. ...  Read Full »

Please suggest quick relief for cold and nasal congestion.

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is a diabetic and also hypertension patient. She is 66 years old. She is on regular diabetes and anti-hypertensive medicine. Now, she has severe cold, nasal congestion and ear congestion. Which medicine can be taken? Will Cetirizine be effective?  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. I suggest tablet Allegra 180 mg (Fexofenadine) twice daily for five days. One tablet is to be taken in the morning and one at night after meals. Consult her doctor, discuss with him or her and take the me...  Read Full »

What is causing my jaw pain and ear clogging?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old male. I have pain on the right side of my jaw, associated with clogging of the right ear. Sometimes the pain radiates to the right side of the head. Audiometry reports are normal. What might be the problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The ear, nose, throat, head, and jaw are all closely related. Any problem in one will affect the others as well. So, there are various possibilities that might cause jaw pain. They could be: Any boil, infection or excessive wax in the ear. An infected tooth, imp...  Read Full »

Can eustachian tube blockage be diagnosed using a sinus x-ray?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a couple of questions. I have sinus infections and nasal drip. My ears are clogged. I consulted a doctor. He told me that I have fluid and an ear infection and advised me to consult an ENT surgeon. He examined my ears and told me that I do not have any fluid. Why my ear looks clog...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Eustachian tube ventilates nose and ears. When it does not function, a negative pressure is developed inside the ears causing a feeling of vacuum, ringing sounds, or feeling of fluid in ears and sometimes decreased hearing. The common causes are allergy or sinusitis...  Read Full »

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