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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I had pulsating headache, watery discharge from nose and pain in the ear. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I had pulsating headaches in the temples of my head, and I often felt light-headed headaches. When I use a steamer, a thin watery mucus discharges from my nose, and I feel relaxed after steam inhalation. Also, when I close my eyes, I feel watery substances in my ear and ear pain. My ...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Probably you are suffering from a sinus headache with a eustachian tube block. So use steam inhalation thrice a day for five days. I would suggest the following: Nasivion (Oxymetazoline) nasal spray when required. ...  Read Full »

I have constant tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss. Is it Meniere's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss for about five months. I am sending you reports of my PTA and otoscopy. Now I have ear fullness, tinnitus, and hearing loss in my left ear. My right ear is normal. Tinnitus is continuous for past four months. I do not have any ve...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is minimal loss in the left ear. The symptoms do not seem to be due to Meniere's disease. The tinnitus is due to the hearing loss. Take tablet Cinnarizine 75 mg once daily for 15 days and ta...  Read Full »

I have been feeling intense pressure in my ear for the past one and a half months. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had intense ear pressure for the last 1.5 months. It has affected my hearing, and certain sounds or frequencies are very annoying now. It started with being sick, and after one round of antibiotics, all my other symptoms went away, but I am left with this ear pressure and hearin...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Probably you are suffering from a eustachian tube block, acute suppurative otitis media (ASOM), or middle ear infection. Avoid cool drinks and ice creams. Use salt water gargling thrice a day for five days. Use steam inhalation thrice a day for five days. Use deconge...  Read Full »

Does a stuffed ear mean I have Menier's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a feeling that my right ear is stuffed. I have no other symptoms. My GP just gave me antibiotics. But, I am worried that I might have something serious since I used to know somebody with Meniere's disease.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For how long are you having these symptoms?  Do you have a history of nasal congestion or throat infection in the recent past? Revert with more information to an ENT otolaryngologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/ENT-Otolaryngologist  Read Full »

Please suggest some solution for crackling sound in my ears.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been seeing an ENT for constant crackling and popping sound in my ears. It has been crackling 24/7 for over six months. I am frustrated that I keep trying antibiotics and allergy remedies that are not working. Is this the normal process? How would I know if there is actually so...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You need to worry about absolutely nothing as this is a very common treatable entity we come across. You have developed what we call as eustachian tube catarrh, which has developed secondary to nasal inflammation or allergy. The eustachian ...  Read Full »

Why i am hearing some swishing noise in my ear?

Query: Hi doctor, I have this insane swishing noise every time I move my head or eyes. I feel like I am going to pass out. Even opening some doors do it if they create pressure from pulling.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since the movement worsens the symptoms, it must be an inner ear problem. There could be an additionally middle ear block or eustachian tube block as the pressure change worsens it. However, since you have not mentioned the duration, I am mentioning all possibl...  Read Full »

My left ear got blocked during a flight today. What should I do now?

Query: Hi doctor, My left ear got blocked during a flight today. It has been about 2 hours, and it is still blocked. I do not have any pain. What should I do now?  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query. Sorry for the discomfort you are having. This kind of ear clogging happens due to a change in the air pressure inside the plane due to a change in the altitude of the flight. Although it will go away on its own, you can try the following:...  Read Full »

Why does my ear remain blocked even after doing septoplasty?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently got a septoplasty. My problem started two months ago when I had a breathing problem, and my ear was also blocked. I used to have mild pain in my ear. The doctor checked my ear, and he said it is fine. He said that my Eustachian tubes are blocked, and I had a deviated nasal s...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The Eustachian tube blockage due to nasal septal deviation may take some time for complete recovery. The tube takes time to decongest, as nasal mucosa takes time to heal. Take an oral decongestant and nasal decongestant drops. Get an impedance audiometry done and send me ...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for an ear infection other than surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has an ear infection since last year. The doctors said there is water in the middle ear, and because of that, he is not able to listen to low pitch voices, like if someone speaks slowly with him. I have reports and all medicines that he has used so far, and I am attaching it wi...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Please answer the following questions:Does the child have ear discharge?Is the infection in one or both ears?Is there any history of frequent nasal or throat infection?Follow-up with the required information, so that I can suggest you better.Revert with more information...  Read Full »

I start to have sudden constant tinnitus from last week. What is the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I have sudden constant tinnitus that started last week. I used to hold my nose closed while sneezing from the past four years, but I have stopped doing it now. And I had vertigo a few months back. I also use Rogaine.   Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer the following questions. Did you suffer from any loud noise exposure or trauma to the ear? Do you have any history of nasal or throat infection? Did you travel by flight recently? Revert with more information to an ENT otolaryngologist online --> https://...  Read Full »

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