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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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 »

Can eustachian tube blockage be diagnosed using a sinus x-ray?

Query: Hello I have a couple of questions first can a sinus X-ray show if your Eustachian tube are closed or not. Or do the ent have to go up your nose to find out. I had a sinus infection and nasal drip my ears are clogged I went to my doctor he said I had fluid and an ear infection and sent me to a ent a...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi! Before I explain and answer your questions, I will take a little of your time to explain what has probably happend in your case. The eustachian tube basically ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function, a negative pressure develops in the side of the ear leading...  Read Full »

Will removing ear wax help with my ear pain and tinnitus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing ongoing war popping sensations as if I have gotten off a plane for the last two months. For the last few weeks, I have experienced slight ear pain and symptoms of tinnitus. I have tried an ear wax removal kit but still have underlying symptoms.  Read Full »


Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I could not understand what is the point of removing wax here without observing the ear canal. Please get it very clear, your eustachian tube (tube connecting the backside of the nose and middle ear) is blocked and some maneuver (Valsalva maneuver) under supervision will ...  Read Full »

How can eustachian tube be drained to improve vertigo?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having vertigo for over five weeks. I was prescribed Doxycycline and Mescline. Unfortunately, the Mescline did not make me feel better. I think my issue is that my eustacian tubes are clogged and need to be drained. How can I do this? Is there a medicine?  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay S Bhat

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ear blocking sensation with vertigo for five weeks especially if it is bilateral is unlikely to be due to eustachian tube dysfunction. Eustachian tube dysfunction in general does not cause significant vertigo unless there is associated infection of middle ear or fluid in ...  Read Full »

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