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Clogged Feeling In Ear After Flight

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Here are my symptoms:
slight pressure in right ear.
No pain.
Reduced hearing; everything sounds muffled unless close or inside me. I can hear myself breathe, chew, swallow, I can hear my pulse.
I think I have fluid in an inner part of my ear, not in the outer ear. That is dry as usual. Clicking sounds occur when I move my head fast from one orientation to the opposite orientation.
No wax build up is visible. I clean my ears regularly.

My ear clogged on the descent of the first flight.
It cleared up at the top of the second flight but re-clogged when we descended again.

I have tried blowing while holding my nose... And inhaling as well... Have taken heat treatments... All to no avail. Any advice is much appreciated.
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First Helper Sylvitriana
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replied April 12th, 2005
Experienced User
Wow I have the same problem you do. My ears get clooged all the time, npt just on a flight. On the flight, they clog up really bad and I can't hear for awhile. I am really paranoid about this and always worry. I might have a wax build- up. I tink i'm goin to use peoxide for it. Sometimes on the filght, chewing gum helps unclog the ears. Have u tried it?
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replied June 30th, 2005
Same Deal
I always get really strong ear pain in flight decents and my ears stay blocked for several days afterwards and everything sounds really strange.I have nose issues that dont allow me to breathe through my nose which im sure contributes to the ear blocking.The best thing you can do is sip drinks through a straw-the harder the better.I know its sort of impractical because you cant be contantly drinking the whole decent but its worked alot better for me than chewing gum has in the past....
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replied August 19th, 2005
Clogged Ear - Amplified Internal Sounds
Hi.. Just read your problem. Did it ever go away?

I have the exact same symptoms.. My left ear is clogged as far as external noises, but all internal noises are amplified (swallowing, chewing, breathing, burping, and sometimes blood pumping). This happened to me after being hit pretty hard by a wave directly in my left ear.. Saw a doctor, and they advised I had perforated my ear drum.. Gave me antibiotics to prevent infection, and advised to keep ears dry. This happened 10 days ago.. I no longer have pain, but still have the hearing loss, and the annoying amplified internal sounds.

How long was yours like that after the flight? Has it come back?
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replied August 29th, 2006
Clogged Ear Help!!
I have the same problem. After I got off my flight my ear was blocked. I went to the Dr. And was prescribed bactrim and afirin. It has been two weeks exactly since my ear had become blocked and now I finished my antibiotic and am worried this will never go away. If anywone knows from experience, how long do you think it will take for the fluid to drain?
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replied August 29th, 2006
Experienced User
See An Specialist Ear Practitioner,,all of You
Please do not take chances on your ears,so delicate......Do it guys,pay private...
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replied December 3rd, 2007
Ear Problem
my left ear was clogged for about a year and suddenly one day while recovering from a head cold it popped open...i was not taking any medication or doing anything it just went pop and my hearing returned to normal.

Unfortunately it is now about a year later and it went back to the clogged mode. I guess i need to get a cold
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replied January 18th, 2008
clogged ears
I took a flight a week ago since I returned home my ears has been clogged everything sounds muffled I tried to chew gum and everything please help me
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replied February 10th, 2008
your ear may have poped in flight try pulgging you nose and holding your breath, if the pressure is relived then that should solve the problem, if not then i would see a doc
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replied May 6th, 2008
same problem--flew with a bad cold 3 months ago--ears haven't popped since. getting headaches every day. seen 3 doctors, and an ent. had a cat scan of my sinuses, showing a deviated septum and enlarge turbinate that he wants to operate on. I kind of see that the surgery won't hurt/could help, but it seems to me pretty cause and effect that flying with a bad cold did this. I've lived with the deviated septum my whole life and not know it or had a problem with it....

anyone cured?
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replied May 31st, 2008
Ear clogged after flight
Ive had that happen on flights on decents. It usually cleared that day. But if youarent having success getting yours clear, consult your doctor, especially if it is affecting the quality of your hearing. Never try to clear by holding your nose, you could damage your ear drum. Let a doctor have a look and advise you from there.
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replied August 26th, 2008
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Chew gum before take off.
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replied March 4th, 2009
head trauma and barotrauma
I caught an edge snowboarding and hit the back of my head. I was wearing a helmet and felt a slight whiplash. The next day I had a sore throat / hurt to swallow. I attributed that to the whiplash as I have experienced the same symptoms before. The following day while descending on the plane I experienced sharp pain in both ears. I have learned this is called barotrauma. My Dr. has given me a cocktail of Mucinex and Clarithromycin and I am also taking Ibuprofen for the pain. I am so miserable b/c the meds are drying me out to the point my tounge feels swollen and itchy. The sharp pain, ringing, fullness and amplification in my ears is no picnic. I do not know what to expect from this. I can say I always hated flying but now I am terrified to get on a plane again.
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replied May 6th, 2009
Clear ear relief
I had the same thing happen after flying with a cold! I tried everything but the only thing that helped and ACTUALLY worked for me was hydrogen peroxide! Do with both ears to unclog each ear! It took about 4 hours, but it unclogged and worked!

I read up and it is common and ok to use Hydrogen peroxide in your ear. Here is what I found:

Tip your head so the ear points toward the ceiling. Fill the ear canal with liquid. Keep your head tipped for at least two minutes, then cover your ear with a towel and straighten your head so the liquid drips out.

Hydrogen peroxide will bubble in your ear and in some cases mild stinging might occur. (It mostly tickled for me!)

I also read if you think you might have a perforated ear drum then it is not recommended to try this, but otherwise it will not hurt anything.
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replied October 5th, 2010
Why my left ear gets cold after a sharp pain in the head?
I usually feel this pain on the back bottom of my left side head between heard and neck. The feel is like someone stick a knife on the back of my head, it is very sharp pain, but least between 30 seconds and 1 minute and then after that my left ear suddenly became cold, real cold like when your body gets cold when your blood goes down, but the funny thing that it just happen on the left ear and when it finally goes back to normal I feel pain on all my left side from head to shoulder and it only stops after a week or so. What it could be? Also when I lay down in my bed I feel like I have a small stone like about �½ inches on the back of head and it hurts and when I move my head around in the bed I feel a sharp pain depending of the position I am.
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replied September 5th, 2011
Ear plugging Problems
I too have repeatedly had similar symptoms after flying, particularly after decent and have had limited success with each. Recently I flue and stumbled onto something that just may have some merit. I was listening to a book on my ipod when prior to decent they told us we had to turn off all electronic equipment. I was in the midst of a good story, and it sounded like BS that my ipod could possibly interfere with the planes navigation system, so I hid my ipod and only pulled out the earbud on the isle side. Well after decent, and much chewing gum and yawning, the only ear that was plugged was the one with no earbud and direct sound going to it. The one with the earbud was perfect. It took about 24hrs. for the other to clear, which is usual for me. Now I wonder if the vibrations of the sound in the ear with the earbud possibly could have kept the ear from plugging. Does anyone have any experience or scientific knowledge to support or defray this theory?
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replied November 2nd, 2011
In response to sinus infection I had, I used a netti pot for the first time w/ instruction from a friend and apparently either blew too hard or tilted my head too much. To complicate issues I was going up and down in elevation driving through high elevation. I get home and it feels like waters in my ear but not normal situation fixed by alcohol. So I have gently filled up pressure in my head by blowing took 4-6 times and the generally clogged feeling has mostly lapsed. However if I realize in a few days the problem subsists I'll be inclined to watch the youtube video below again for instruction on how to clear middle ear.

Best,
Nathan
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replied February 9th, 2012
Having experienced this for the first time, beginning last night, with an ear that wouldn't pop after a flight, and waking up this morning with it still plugged, I did the following, which I got from various forums: neti pot, both nostrils, warm salt water; and then, following a suggestion on Dr. Andrew Weil's blog, I gargled with warm/hot salt water. I still feel a little congestion, but it's almost gone. Good luck, all!
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