Clogged Ears

Clogged ears can be due to Eustachian tube swelling and congestion, overgrowth of nasal polyps and adenoids, eardrum tear, middle ear infection, water clogging, earwax buildup, swimmer's ear, and pressure difference due to high altitudes. Clogged ears cause reduced hearing ability, ear pain, abnormal discharge, tinnitus, etc.

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How could herpes infection cause clogged ears and hearing loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I have clogged ears and pain from ears to the throat, vertigo, and always feeling confused. I had a sinus nasal drip which I thought that is why my ears where clogged it has been six weeks and it is still clogged, popping and painful. I saw an ENT and he said I had no fluid and there ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from clogged earaches with painful jaw joints and sore throat with vertigo and all these sufferings may result from herpes infection according to your assumption. When herpes affects th...  Read Full »

Will Waxonil cause blockage of ear and difficulty in hearing?

Query: Hi doctor, My father used Waxonil two weeks back. Since then, both his ears feel blocked, and he can hardly hear. He used the Waxonil again, hoping the wax would flow out and he would feel better, but it has gotten worse. His hearing has gone down drastically. As we are under lockdown, we cannot vis...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens when you put wax dissolution agents is, the wax absorbs the liquid and swells up. So the blockage increases more than before. Ideally, we need to see him in the OPD where we can suction it out. Otherwise, what I would suggest is to keep putting the wax drop...  Read Full »

What are the typical signs of cerumen impaction and ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor,How can I differentiate between a cerumen impaction and an ear infection? What are the typical signs of an ear infection and cerumen impaction? I have a feeling of fullness in the ear, muffled hearing, and the ear feels clogged. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Cerumen impaction is a tight accumulation of wax in the external auditory canal. Clinical features include: 1) Pain in the ear. 2) Hard of hearing. 3) Pressure in the ear with or without episodes of dizziness. 4) Ringing sensation in the ear. An ear infection is i...  Read Full »

I have ear pain when I open my mouth. What might help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not fat, but my body gets really warm sometimes especially when I sleep, which makes me uncomfortable. So, what might be the reason?Secondly, I get pain near my left ear when I open my mouth. Three weeks ago, the pain went after four days (it started and ended when I woke up afte...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are you suffering from an allergy? If the ear pain is arising during the opening of the mouth at ear area it may be arising from temporomandibular joint. Middle ear infection or eustachian tube block may also give rise to pain in the ear. But in your history, you did n...  Read Full »

My ears are blocked, which has worsened due to cold and mucus buildup. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, Both my ears feel clogged. If I yawn, my left ear goes back to normal. My right ear does become normal on yawning but goes back to being plugged or clogged soon after. In addition, my right ear seems full every time I try to pinch my nose and exhale. The problem has always been there,...  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Your problem is due to the eustachian tube (ET) blockage. The eustachian tube is a tube connecting the middle ear with the back of the nose and opens in the nasopharynx. It serves to equalize the air pressure ins...  Read Full »

Why do I experience clogged ears, pulsatile tinnitus, and hearing loss after a head injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffered a mild head injury six days ago. My ears got clogged after I hit my head. They still feel clogged, and I have occasional pulsatile tinnitus in my left ear. As a result, I have had hearing loss for a few years. Is this something that can happen after a head injury? I asked ab...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you said, your hearing loss before the incident is called presbycusis. Recent trauma of yours has caused a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the temporal region on the right side. The temporal lobe is mainly responsible for your hearing and its processing. Do you have clog...  Read Full »

What is the association between GERD and blocked ears?

Query: Hi doctor, I have anxiety which results in GERD. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I find that I get gastric vertigo. It is more prominent after large meals later at night. The following day I will have blocked ears and sometimes pain in my nasal area. The anxiety issue has been going on for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The eustachian tube dysfunction is a chronic problem. I do not recommend any medication until an endoscopic nasal examination is done since you are a mouth breather. The endoscopic nasal examination is mandatory to investigate a deviated septum, hypertrophied turbina...  Read Full »

I have sensitive ears and white deposits in the eardrum. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I looked inside my ears with an otoscope and noticed a white string-type thing attached to my ear canal and going all the way to the back of my ear drum. What could this be? I have pain in my ear, cracking and popping sounds when I eat or yawn, and so on. I keep getting ringing in my ear...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your words and the attached file (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I think you suffer from inflammation in the middle and external ear. So this white thing may be a layer of wax that is not harmful at all. I recommend Ciprofloxacin ear drop...  Read Full »

What are the causes of fullness and swelling inside my ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I feel fullness and swelling inside my right ear, and my hearing is slightly impaired. I also feel lightheaded sometimes. But yesterday, my lightheadedness was worse. I am worried.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common treatable entity we come across. You have developed a eustachian tube catarrh which occurs secondary to nasal allergy. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation ...  Read Full »

My daughter is diagnosed with middle ear infection. How to clear it up?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 17 years old. She had a cold for about four days when she started complaining of bad ear pain. She was seen in urgent care a week ago and was diagnosed with a middle ear infection. The APRN noted her ear was pretty angry and prescribed Amoxicillin 500 mg. She is suppo...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Complete the course of antibiotics. Take Mucinex D (Guaifenesin) once or twice a day, like how you have been taking for another three to four days. If Mucinex D has an antiallergic component then no need for Claritin or Allegra. Otherwise, add either of those to be take...  Read Full »

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