Q. Ears feel clogged while in a closed room. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by Nithila A
Published on Jun 11, 2019

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?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine


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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 on either side of the tympanic membrane. So, when pressure on either side if high, then the membrane gets fixed and cannot move properly, giving the feeling of a clogged ear.

And there is a connection between the middle ear cavity and our throat which equalizes pressure within the ear cavity and outside environment. So, whenever one gets an infection, then this tube blocked and there occurs a mismatch of pressure leading to clogged ear. And also swallowing movements opens this tube temporarily, which helps in equalizing the pressure leading to relief. Similar things occur when one travels in an airplane. So pressure changes are decisive in this. I hope this helps you and get back if you have any doubts.

Thank you doctor,

I hope hearing air like sound in an extremely silent room is also normal? I was suggested to play music or have ventilation when alone.

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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