Ear Blockage

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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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 »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

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 »

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 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 »

I am currently using Polysporin ear drops to treat my ear infection, and I am allergic to penicillin. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have an ear infection, and I am a 27-year-old male. I have been using Polysporin ear drops. Also, I am allergic to Penicillin.  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.You seem to be having acute suppurative otitis media. But for an exact diagnosis and treatment, you need to give a more detailed and specific history like, Is there ear pain associated with it? How is the hearing? Any similar history in the past? Did you suffer from a co...  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 ring...  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

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 »

I have ear discomfort and sensitivity to sound after my ear surgery for chronic ear blockage. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, For several years I have had a sensation of blockage in my left ear. A week ago, I had tubes inserted into my ears to equalize the pressure in the ears, and I thought it would make this sensation disappear. Instead, the problems started after I woke up from the operation. After the su...  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. The root cause of your symptoms is eustachian tube (ET) dysfunction which further can be due to various reasons. The eustachian tube connects the middle ear with the nasopharynx (back of the nose). Through this tube, th...  Read Full »

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