Clogged ear wax, sinus infections, pressure changes, swimmer's ear, water clogging, hunger, and the common cold are probable causes of ear blockage. Removing the ear wax, taking antimicrobials, doing Valsalva maneuver and steam bath or inhalation, and using ear drops may help unblock the ears.
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Can I have tinnitus due to side effect of AZO?
Query: Hello doctor, I began exhibiting symptoms that I would describe as tinnitus from a week. I get a loud noise or ringing in my left ear, although it also happens in the right ear. One fine day the tinnitus actually went to the other ear (my right ear), my tinnitus since then has not been focused in a... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. While you have elaborated on your symptoms very meticulously, I still require some more details. Is there any hearing loss? Do you have any fullness of the ear? The tingling feeling, is it permanent? Do you have any giddiness? Any change of ear fullness or ... Read Full »
Why does my son put his head to the side and hate it while going over a hill?
Query: Hi doctor, My child is 2.5 years old. I see him upset for two days when people talk around him. He is developing two molars at this moment. We went to a playgroup and he did not have issues at that time. He was fine when a kid started talking and he interacted with other kids. Today, he just lost th... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per history, there is something wrong with this hearing. Your child can have some congestions and it can cause impaired or oversensitive hearing due to glue ear. Decongestants like Cetirizine can help him. Your child can have some wax on the ears and it can cause irr... Read Full »
I have fluid in my middle ear. Is there any way to clear it?
Query: Hello doctor, My GP says I have fluid in my middle ear, especially in my right ear. I have tried antibiotics and using a nasal spray for two weeks. This has been going on for six weeks. Is there any way to clear it or like my GP says will it just take time? Can this also make you feel slightly off b... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fluid in the middle ear is called serous otitis media (glue ear or otitis media with effusion). What we do in such patients is give medical management (antibiotics, decongestants, mucolytics, nasal sprays) and if it fails we go for myringotomy and grommet insertion. ... 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I often hear rhythmic sounds similar to a heartbeat and ringing in my ears. What should I do?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old female, obese, and I catch a cold very quickly. Since last month, I have taken raw fenugreek seeds on an empty stomach and exercised. Last month, I had ice cream at night (but did not catch a cold). From the next day onwards, whenever I bent down, I felt something ringi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Ear blockage, ringing, or unstimulated sound in the ear after a cold happens due to eustachian tube (ET) blockage. ET connects the middle ear with the back of the nose and serves to equalize pressure on both sides of the tympanic membrane an... Read Full »
Why am I having tinnitus after hearing something very loud?
Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had an event that impacted my hearing. I threw a heavy chain into the metal bucket of a backhoe. The clank was quite loud and gave me instant ringing in my ears. I then had to use the backhoe, which is also loud, but not deafeningly so, for about 20 minutes. Now my ears feel b... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very common that people feel certain blockage of the ears after getting exposed to loud sounds. It is called fatigue to ear. The hair cells get fatigued due to loud sounds. It also indicates sensitivity towards hearing loss. It is recommended to avoid a noisy sit... Read Full »
What to do for blocked ear due to excessive cough and sore throat?
Query: Hello doctor, Sometimes, I feel my left ear is blocked. It is shut when I got too much of cough and bad throat. What should I do? Please tell me. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is due to upper respiratory tract infection. We usually prescribe tablet Azee (Azithromycin) 500 mg once a day for three days along with tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg before breakfast for three days. Also, syrup Alex (Phenylephrine, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, and Dex... Read Full »
I went swimming a few days back and lost complete hearing in my right ear. Kindly help.
Query: Hi doctor, I went swimming a few days back, and I have lost complete hearing in my right ear. I believe there is water stuck in it. I noticed it straight after getting out of the water. I can only hear a little. I tried blowing while holding my nose and tried ear drops suggested by the pharmacy. I t... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the history provided by you, there is impacted wax or cerumen in the ear, which has gotten wet because of water entry into the ear while swimming. When ear wax gets wet, it swells up, leading to ear blockage. Refrain from blowing forcefully. It will not 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »