Eustachian tube blockage. An Eustachian tube blockage is one possible cause of a clogged ear. But instead of flowing down the throat, fluid and mucus can sometimes become trapped in the middle ear and clog the ear. This blockage usually accompanies an infection, such as the common cold, influenza, or sinusitis.
What does it mean when your ear is clogged?
You may experience a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ears. You may also have ear pain, dizziness and muffled hearing. As swelling from the cold subsides, the obstruction usually resolves. If your ears are plugged, try swallowing, yawning or chewing sugar-free gum to open your eustachian tubes.
Why do I feel pressure in my ears?
When the eustachian tubes become swollen or inflamed, the pressure does not equalize easily, leading to this sensation of fluid, pressure, or pain in the ears. There are many causes of eustachian tube dysfunction. It commonly occurs in the setting of a viral infection, such as a sore throat or a cold virus infection.
What does a feeling of fullness in the ear mean?
When this pressure can’t be relieved in the normal manner, the result is ear fullness. The sensation of ear fullness (or aural fullness), is sometimes accompanied by other symptoms, including muffled hearing, tinnitus, vertigo, pain, tenderness or itching, fever, and discharge or drainage from the ear.
Why are my ears popping so much?
Every time you swallow, yawn, or blow your nose, the Eustachian tube opens and allows air to pass from the middle of your ear to the back of your nose. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can be caused by large adenoids, allergies, or a cold. This dysfunction can cause crackling or popping noises in our ears.
Can a head cold affect your hearing?
Can a Cold Affect Your Hearing? Have you ever experienced a cold with heavy congestion, affecting your ability to breathe, blow your nose, swallow or even hear normally? The congestion may also lead to an ear infection, caused by bacteria or a virus in the middle ear, and lead to temporary hearing loss.
What do you do for an earache?
Earaches often need urgent medical care, and may be treated with natural home remedies, for example, warm compresses; OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and acetaminophen (Tylenol and others); olive oil in the affected ear, and essential oils.