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All about Blocked Ears: Causes and Solutions.

Dealing with the sensation of having blocked ears can be frustrating and, at times, concerning.

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This common yet uncomfortable condition can have various causes and solutions. Here, we explore why it occurs and how you can find relief.

Why Do Ears Get Blocked?

Several factors can contribute to the sensation of having blocked ears, including:

Issues with the Eustachian Tubes

These small tubes connect the middle ear to the back of the throat and help balance air pressure. When they become blocked, the sensation of blocked ears can arise.

Middle and Outer Ear Infections

Infections can cause inflammation and fluid buildup, blocking the ear and causing discomfort.

These infections can become a serious and limiting condition, so seeking professional attention as soon as possible is necessary.

Atmospheric Pressure Changes

Rapid changes in air pressure, such as those experienced during takeoff and landing on a flight, can cause the sensation of blocked ears. However, it’s a temporary sensation that quickly subsides.

Common Causes of Ear Pressure

The sensation of pressure in the ears can also result from:

Colds, Influenza, and Sinus Infections

These conditions can block the Eustachian tubes, increasing the sensation of pressure and blocked ears.

Ear Barotrauma

This condition occurs when there is a significant pressure difference between the inside and outside of the ear, commonly during diving or flights.

Earwax Buildup

Excess earwax can block the ear canal, causing a feeling of fullness and decreased hearing.

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Home Remedies and Treatments

To relieve the sensation of blocked ears, you can try:

Valsalva Maneuver

Closing the mouth, pinching the nose, and gently blowing can help equalize pressure in the ears.

Use of Decongestants and Antihistamines

These medications can relieve congestion and reduce inflammation of the Eustachian tubes.

Application of Heat and Cold Compresses

Alternating between heat and cold can relieve pain and pressure if it's due to an infection.

When to Seek Medical Help

Although many cases of blocked ears resolve on their own or with home remedies, it’s important to know when to seek professional attention.

Persistent or Severe Symptoms

If the sensation of blocked ears persists for more than a week or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as pain, fever, among others, it’s time to consult a doctor.

Seeking attention from an otolaryngologist like Dr. Lech is the best option as they will help identify the problem and provide an effective solution.

Hearing Loss or Severe Pain

Significant hearing loss or intense, constant ear pain are signs that evaluation and medical treatment are needed.

While some cases of blocked ears may be a temporary nuisance, understanding their causes and knowing the solutions can help you manage this condition effectively.

Remember, in case of doubt or if symptoms persist, consulting a healthcare professional is always the best option.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lech and ensure the well-being of your ears.

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