Eustachian tube dysfunction refers to the chronic blockage of the Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the upper throat. It leads to symptoms like hearing problems, ear pain, and ringing or popping sounds in the ear. The most common causes of Eustachian tube dysfunction are common cold and flu. Antihistamines such as Cetrizine or Diphenyhydramine help relieve symptoms.
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What is the treatment for tinnitus?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I am having tinnitus in my right ear. My PTA hearing test says R - 17 dB and L - 10 dB. My doctor informed me that there is slight nerve damage and it is causing tinnitus and slight hearing loss. He said that there is no cure for it. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your PTA (pure tone audiometry) showing minimal hearing loss in right ear and normal hearing in the left. I do not think this minimal hearing loss cause the tinnitus unless the hearing loss is progressive. Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom due to many underlyi... Read Full »
What causes ringing noise and humming alternatively?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 69 year old retired internist. I am not taking any regular medication other than Aspirin 325 mg. I have no known allergies and have never smoked. I do not have any medical history of thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases or Paget's disease. Around four to five weeks back, I noted th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What you are suffering from is known as tinnitus. It is not a disease itself rather a symptom due to various underlying causes like age related, hypertension, impacted wax, fluid in middle ear, patulous eustachian tube, TMJD (temperomandibular joint disorder), hypert... Read Full »
I am a 28-year-old pilot having left ear pressure with no pain and hearing issues. Can this be a TMJ issue?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male suffering from weird left ear pressure for six months, I am a healthy airline pilot. My symptoms are mild ear pressure only in the left ear. No pain and hearing are fine. Sometimes I feel discomfort (not pain) in my left side neck and left throat as well. I went... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like a eustachian tube dysfunction. It is a benign condition and if you are not troubled too much by it, you can safely ignore it. Good hydration can be effective and may be supplemented by nasal saline drops as needed. The drops should come in contact with ... Read Full »
I underwent two surgeries six months ago to deal with clicking sounds in my right ear, but the problem has not resolved yet. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, About a year ago, I noticed mild clicking in my right ear, only in the early morning. It was triggered mostly by sound and rarely started on its own. This pattern continued for several months and then stopped. About eight months ago, I developed eustachian tube dysfunction following fl... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and thoroughly reviewed your reports and history. I believe the current issues you face are likely due to the surgery on the tube. One of the side effects of eustachian tube dilatation is an excessively patent tube. The nasopharyngeal end beco... Read Full »
Why is my hearing in the left ear affected?
Query: Hi doctor, For the past few days, I am not able to hear properly through my left ear and it is almost down to 50%. I have consulted an ENT specialist and they suggested for a CT scan. Everything is fine in the scan. Sugar and BP levels are normal and they injected some steroids for two days. Still, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and you have developed sudden hearing loss in your left ear for the last few days. As you are neither hypertensive nor diabetic, the possibilities are acute labyrinthitis, eustachian tube dysfunction and idiopathic.Now, you have to consult your E... Read Full »
I have had a popping left ear for six weeks that worsens on talking and singing. What could be the cause?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had a popping left ear for at least six weeks which has not developed much worse but has not improved. After getting a cold, I started getting a painful throat on the right side. It feels swollen, but the doctor assured me there was no swelling of any glands. It is still uncomfo... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you continue chewing gum. This will restore your eustachian tube function, and the popping can be decreased. Drink warm fluids, and avoid cold, icy, and spicy foods. I suggest you take an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen tablet once o... Read Full »
I have constant ear discharge after an eardrum surgery. Please advise.
Query: Hello doctor, I have an eardrum perforation since childhood. I had tympanoplasty done last year but, that failed. Now, the ear keeps discharging all the time. I completed a course of Ciprofloxacin and Dexatops ear drops but after a week, the discharge is back. Please advise. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A recurrent ear discharge after a failed tympanoplasty needs to be evaluated completely. The causes can be a reservoir of infection in your mastoid bone, resistant organism, Eustachian tube dysfunction, etc.The permanent treatment is a revision tympanoplasty usually do... Read Full »
I have had random lightheadedness and dizziness episodes. Is it due to eustachian tube dysfunction or allergies?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had random lightheadedness and dizziness episodes. I consulted a doctor and did EKG, blood tests, and chest X-ray, which came out to be normal. However, I have some ear issues related to eustachian tube dysfunction and allergies. I do not take any medicines for allergies curr... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From the ENT specialist's perspective, we want to rule out causes for vertigo. By your history, it does not appear like vertigo. I suggest having an MRI brain and internal acoustic meatus to rule out acoustic neuroma and any cerebelloponti... Read Full »
Is a stinging sensation behind the jaw associated with eustachian tube disorder?
Query: Hello doctor, Usually, I do not have any problems with my jaw; but sometimes, after a long day without talking; I can get a stinging sensation behind the jaw while chewing. It stops immediately if i stop eating, and then it sometimes does not come back for weeks. How can this be? Sometimes, if I use... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The description that you provide suggests that this is indeed coming from your temporomandibular joint, especially if you related this to chewing and, as you point out in the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Please answer the following... Read Full »
What is the cause of an ear block after being exposed to the cold wind?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a female who lives in a cold country. For the past week, I have had blocked ears. It all started last Saturday when suddenly the right ear became blocked, and I tried all methods it did not work and the next onwards the left ear also blocked. Sometimes I feel when I inhale, the ri... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Did your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor say whether your eardrums were normal or congested? Was there any perforation? Do you have ear pain also, or do you just have a blocking sensation? What you are experiencing is eustachian tube... Read Full »