Eustachian Tube Blockage

Eustachian tubes are the tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat. These tubes get blocked, when there is an upper respiratory tract infection. The symptoms include slight hearing loss, ear fullness, and ringing in the ear (tinnitus).

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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

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

What should be done for fluttering sound in the ear

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a polyp in my sinus and have been suffering from frequent cold for a long time. Now, I am facing a fluttering sound in my ear. What should be done?  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Generally, polyp in sinus needs to be removed. If ethmoidal polyp, then it can be treated with steroid spray. Ear problem can or cannot be due to a polyp. You need to tell your complaint in detail. Sometimes, polyp can block the eustachian tube and ears and it can ca...  Read Full »

How to cure my ear inflammation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40 year old male. I have been battling sinus problem, congestion and cough for about three weeks. Three weeks ago, I visited a clinic and I was given 500 mg Amox. I completed the cycle, but still had cough and drainage. So, I visited the clinic again, wherein I was given Decadr...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. I want to assure you that, you do not have to worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted.  Read Full »

What should I do to relieve ear pressure?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with eustachian tube dysfunction last year, and the ENT suggested to put in a tube. But the tube never worked. I had pressure in my ears with muffled hearing. The clogged ear continued for two months and ENT said I have to live with it. This past week, I went to anothe...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Did you get tympanometry done recently (it will tell us about the middle ear pressure)? If yes, please share the reports, and if no, you should get it done. Where exactly was the tube placed? Did the doctor mention that in his prescription or discharge summary...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my ear pain with ringing sound and fullness?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having ear problems with ringing sound in both ears and pain in and around them. When I put both hands on either sides of my face in front of my ears where TMJ is located, it feels like one is bigger than the other. I also have fullness in my ears.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ringing sensation with mild discomfort in both ears are nothing serious to worry about. Ringing sensation are subject sensation, mostly noticed during sleep or in silent environment. Try to ignore the ringing sensation by playing music, watching TV or talking with ...  Read Full »

Why do I hear a sound when I close my ears with my fingers?

Query: Hi doctor, Whenever I close my ears with my fingers, I hear a very faint sound in my right ear from the past couple of weeks. And when I remove my fingers, the sound stops. What is this sound that I hear?  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This sound can be normal. When we close our ears, we do not hear outside sound, so we feel that there is some sound coming from our body. If you have a cough or cold, it can also lead to similar symptoms, due to eustachian tube block. To rule out any pressure changes in ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to get pain and discomfort in ears after neti pot clearance?

Query: Hello doctor, I used a neti pot yesterday, for the first time. I was doing attempting to use the pot on my right nostril, but with left nostril, everything went smoothly. My sinuses feel much clearer, but I have felt some mild ear pain in my right ear. Is this normal? Did I do something wrong and c...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Neti wash is an excellent and age old technique to cleanse the sinuses and nasal cavity, especially in people having sinus issues. When you rinse the nasal cavity there could be some ongoing inflammation in the eustachian tube, which connects the nose and the ear. In ...  Read Full »

My ear is rumbling following a throat infection. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 35 years old. About 4 weeks ago, I had a viral infection of the throat and nose, which lasted for about a week. At that time, my left ear became completely blocked with fluid for at least a few days. Then, I started getting a low rumbling noise in my ear. At first, I used to get the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nasheed Baig

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This problem is called as tinnitus. As you have mentioned, you started with this problem after an upper respiratory tract infection that resulted in effusion in your ear through blockage of eustachian tube. It is quite possible that your eustachian tube is still n...  Read Full »

Why do ears pop after plane journey?

Query: Hello doctor, I have flown very often in the last few years. I forgot to wear earplugs and slept on a few flights recently. On the last two trips, I had multiple flights connecting. I noticed my ears did not stop popping after a few days. Since my last flight, my right ear has not cleared up....  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Simply it is a eustachian tube dysfunction. Ear infection which needs an antibiotic must be accompanied by ear pain. Ear drops do not have any role in the treatment of middle ear infections. I think that you need an anti-edematous and anti-inflammatory like Alphinte...  Read Full »

Do tinnitus after ear irrigation indicates ear damage?

Query: Hello doctor, Since about a week and a half ago, I have had tinnitus in my right ear. This was after self irrigating the ear with one of those squeezy syringes that come with the Otex ear drops. Before doing this, I was putting in oil drops for about a week prior. Quite a bit of wax came out, but ...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is always dangerous to predict and take action in case of their own health. The tinnitus in your case is not due to earwax, it may be due to the blockage of the eustachian tube (tube connecting middle ear and back of the nasal cavity, its primary work is to equalize ...  Read Full »

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