Eustachian Tube Catarrh

The eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the throat. Its main function is to maintain the air pressure in the middle ear same as that of the atmosphere. In case of common cold, the opening of the tube gets blocked temporarily, thus producing a sensation of ear block and decreased hearing.

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My earache increases with hiccups and my ears get blocked easily. Please explain about my problem.

Query: Hello doctor,I have earache that increases with hiccups. I was trying to unblock my left ear with cotton buds the last couple of days, and there was quite a bit of earwax that came out the other day, but today there was not much of it. I have had tinnitus and problems related to hearing for seven ye...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have developed eustachian tube catarrh that occurs secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. When the eustachian tube fails to function, a negative pressure develops in the side of the ear leading to a feelin...  Read Full »

Why do I have constant headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, sore throat, and ear fullness?

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, and a sore throat. I have left-sided ear fullness, swollen lymph nodes, and a sensation of mass lateral to the left ear. I recently had an ultrasound of lymph nodes, and I am awaiting results. My blood reports are normal, and I am curren...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing me regarding the problem. I had a look at the three MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) pictures you have sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). However, we would like to see all the scan views (both axial and coronal) that are ...  Read Full »

Do my ear and throat hurt due to bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a bacterial infection in my upper GI tract that hurt my throat and ears. My ears were constantly popping, and my hearing was off. I took two weeks of antibiotics, and the main symptoms have disappeared, but I still do not feel 100 %. Is it normal after having a throat and ear infecti...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. The problem you are facing is catarrhal inflammation of the eustachian tube, which has developed secondary to residual upper respiratory tract inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not func...  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 »

How can we treat eustachian tube catarrh?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain and a ringing sound and sometimes heartbeat sound in my ear. I have pain because of this. I think this is due to an ear infection. I have a problem only with the right ear; the duration of the problem is about eight to nine days. Please help  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is absolutely nothing to worry about as this is a widespread treatable entity. You have developed Eustachian tube catarrh, secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function,...  Read Full »

What are the causes for eustachian tube catarrh?

Query: Hi doctor, I hear a whistling sound and a silent sound in the left ear since yesterday. I consulted an ENT, she prescribed some medicines to kill any infection, and gave me a nasal spray for the cold. There is no improvement yet. Also, I feel that it is starting in the right ear, but I am not sure....  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry about anything as this is a prevalent treatable entity we come across. You have developed a eustachian tube catarrh which has developed secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube basically ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situatio...  Read Full »

Can you help me get rid of tinnitus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tinnitus for seven months. I consulted a doctor and he advised me to do some tests. I had a positive result for my hearing test. I took Vastarel, Fluxina, and Borila. But it did not help me. I heard the noise in a constant pinch tone.   Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In your case, tinnitus can occur due to two different reasons. The reasons are hyperfiring from nerves and chronic eustachian tube catarrh. In the first condition, there is unregulated hyperfiring of nerves. It affects the perception of persisting sound in ears with...  Read Full »

Why do I have ear pain and feel like the whole head is blocked?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from ear pain, and a kind of the whole head is blocked like sensation. The left and right ears are blocked with some air or water-like state. I have this ear pain for four days gradually on the same pain note. I have taken Aceclofenac with Paracetamol and Amoxicillin. I...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you have developed what we call a eustachian tube catarrh. This tube ventilates both the nose and the ear and can get blocked due to allergy or sinusitis or any upper respiratory infection such as common flu. If you have allergic issues, it has to be adequ...  Read Full »

Why does my left ear hurts and sometimes itches?

Query: Hi doctor, My left ear hurts a lot. When I press my back of the ear, it really hurts. Sometimes, I have itchiness with throbbing pain. It seems to be clogged inside. Before a month, I had a similar issue in my other ear too. I took medications for it.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have three possibilities. You can have an impacted wax on the left ear. It can cause pain with a blocked feeling. For this, you can use wax solvents to liquify the wax and it resolves the issue. Infection involving the outer ear can cause itching and pain. E...  Read Full »

Can Eustachian tube catarrh result in earaches and hearing loss?

Query: Hi doctor,I have eustachian tube catarrh. Previously, I had only the symptoms of tinnitus. Now after pinching my nose aggressively, I have earache on one of my ears with hearing loss. What is the cause?  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to explain your condition briefly. The eustachian tube is the connecting tube between the nasopharynx and middle ear. Dysfunction in the eustachian tube causes hearing loss, fullness of ears, and tinnitus. When you blow your nose forcefully, air enters ...  Read Full »

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