What Causes a Clogged Ear? | Ear Problems


One of the common complaints that individuals
have is that their ear fills full or clogged, and there are many different causes for this. Probably the most common cause is earwax simply
blocking your ear canal, and this is easily enough treated. Your primary care doctor or your internist
can often irrigate this out. If it’s severely impacted, you can seek a
consultation with an ear, nose, and throat specialist who will have more sophisticated
tools to remove the wax from your ear. There are preparations over the counter and
drug stores as well that allow you to soften the wax and irrigate it. The second most common cause of a sense of
ear fullness is a problem with your middle ear space. The middle ear space contains air, and the
air gets in through a tube called the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube connects your middle ear
with the back of your nose, and this tube is normally closed. It opens by the actions of the muscles of
chewing and swallowing. When you come down in an airplane or an elevator
and you yawn or swallow and you ear pops, your ear pops because you are voluntarily
opening your Eustachian tube and allowing air into the middle ear. The lining membrane of that tube, the lining
membrane of the Eustachian tube is the same membrane that lines your nose and your sinuses. And, we all know how quickly our nose can
swell closed if we get a viral infection or a cold or an allergy, and the same is true
of the Eustachian tube. If the lining membrane of the Eustachian tube
swells closed, your ear will feel blocked. Treatment for this is the same as the treatment
for colds. Decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal sprays. The third most common cause of a sense of
ear fullness is a problem with your inner ear. While the most common symptom of an inner
ear problem is hearing loss, and the second most common is a noise or a ringing in your
ear, and the third perhaps is dizziness, fourth on that list is a sense of ear fullness. And if you don’t have earwax, and if you don’t
have a problem with your Eustachian tube, then you must have your inner ear evaluated
as a possible cause for this ear fullness.

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