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I need some help with this... please:

For the last four months my right ear (yes, ONLY the right ear) has been plugging up with pressure (feels like the airplane ear) and I always have to do the jaw motion (hollow swallow) to try to open it again. It gets extremely frustrating having to do that over 100 times a day because it stays in the plugged up state more than in the open state as of lately. The reason I wrote emergency in the title is because I'm now starting to feel a little bit of pain in my right ear from constantly trying to relieve the pressure and I'm beginning to worry...

I've seen an ear/nose/throat doctor three months ago, he examined my both of my ears, and said that they are both OK and that there are no problems with them whatsoever. He said that the reason my ears might be plugging up is because I lost a lot of weight really quickly (about 20lbs) and that my ear channels have remained bigger but my body grew smaller, thus causing pressure in my ears. But I have been gaining my weight back, I'm about 142lbs now and I was 154lbs when I started losing weight.

I suspect that maybe my anxiety and panic disorder might have something to do with this. Particularly the anxiety part of things... because whenever I'm anxious, my ear plugs up instantly - but when I'm relaxed and feeling normal, the ear is somewhat normal as well (I guess don't even notice it). Does anyone know if anxiety can be related?


This is such a serious problem to me because I'm also a DJ and even though I monitor my mixes mostly with my left ear, I still need my right ear to hear the 'overall picture'. Any help will this issue will be greatly appreciated.
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Users who thank futurelovers for this post: lewisw 

replied March 6th, 2007
Experienced User
I went to see a doctor today and he just gave me Nasonex. He said it might be a Eustachian tube dysfunction. In which case, how would Nasonex help?

Just like I thought - it didn't do anything. The condition of the ear does not change after the sprays have been pumped up my nose... only the nose clears up, but the ear stays plugged up.

Can someone please help?
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replied March 8th, 2007
Experienced User
Some updates:

The Nasonex is not really working and the right ear still has negative pressure. I noticed that when the anxiety goes away - so does the physical problem. I have a feeling that this is one of the physical effects of anxiety and I need to try to contain it.

I just wanted to let everyone know that anxiety and panic disorders CAN cause such weird physical problems in a person experiencing the anxiety/panic.
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replied March 18th, 2007
Experienced User
Anyone? My right ear is constantly plugged up now... I don't know what to do anyone...

Any help will be appreciated.
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replied May 20th, 2011
for an immediate relief (although temporary) bend down and turn your head upside down...sounds weird but it will clear up right away. sometimes i lay on my back and hang my head over the bed for as long as i can just to feel normal lol
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replied October 2nd, 2012
Thank you so much! That really worked. I don't know how long it will last but any relief is welcome at this point.
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replied March 28th, 2007
futurelovers wrote:
Anyone? My right ear is constantly plugged up now... I don't know what to do anyone...

Any help will be appreciated.


have you asked to see an ent specialist,i used to have the problem of pressure in my ears and a few other symptoms first they diagnosed me with meniere's disease and then i had my septum straightened which has eased the pressure but i'd try and get in to see an ent
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replied April 16th, 2007
Experienced User
I will be seeing an ENT specialist soon again.

However, the pressure in my right ear has been getting worse lately. Now I can't even manually unplug it anymore. I used to be able to just swallow, yawn, or chew gum to relieve the pressure but now it's so strong and persistent that it just won't unplug. I'm trying to make a list of possible things it could be (just for myself, for now)... so far I have:

- Allergies (hmm but what kind of allergy could it be?)
- Cold/sinus blockage
- Infection from past cold/flu
- Inflammation (but from what?)

Ahh... Confused
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replied April 16th, 2007
Experienced User
Bump, please...

I have a show coming up this weekend and I'm supposed to DJ at it (it's very important to me) and I REALLY need to have my right ear start working normal again.

I can't be a DJ with my right ear constantly plugging up. Confused

Everyone please reply.
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replied June 1st, 2007
Stopped Up Ears
Welcome to the world of hearing problems. Mid February I suddenly had stopped up ears, sounds as if I'm talking with a bucket on my head. Much testing later, I'm being treated for Meniers disease. Taking a diuretic, low salt diet and hoping it improves. I also depend on my hearing for work so this is not fun. I'd read up on Meniers and talk with my ENT specialist. The good news, if its MD is that it comes and goes....hopefully!

Good luck! Smile
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replied November 14th, 2008
I have been suffering from a permanently plugged right ear for 4 years now. It has been a problem ever since I got an extremely bad flu virus while living in Australia. The virus plugged up my ears really badly, and a few months later I got bronchitis which plugged my ears up again really badly. Now my right ear is always plugged and I always need to pop it to relieve the pressure. I do this many many many times throughout the day. If I don't, the pressure builds up and I start to get a headache on that side. Can someone please suggest what I should do?
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replied March 6th, 2009
ears
dont give up on the steroid sprays like nasonex. They open up the eustachian tube which links the ear with the throat and should over time keep it open to stop this kind of prob le. However, the steroids can take some time to start opening the tubes so you just need to stick with it.
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replied October 30th, 2011
FROM SUSAN---Question about "Nasonex" and clogged EARS
Hello---

I have a question about using nasonex to help open up my blocked ears.

I started using it about 4 days ago because I was told that the nasonex would open up my eustachian tubes and then my ears.

My ears are clogged and I constantly have to "pop" them. This has been going on for several months.

However, I was told that it could take 3 weeks for the nasonex to finally open up my clogged ears.

Does that sound correct? If I stick with it for 3 to 4 weeks then do you think the nasonex will start to help my ears?

SUSAN
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replied March 19th, 2009
10 years...
My left ear has been plugged since grade 12....10 years ago!!!!!!

It only gets worse.
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replied June 25th, 2009
RIGHT EAR ALWAYS BLOCKED
I have had trouble equalizing my right ear for years. Whenever I get the mildest inflammation on my right side my ear blocks. I have learned every trick in the book to equalize my ears and even those dont work sometimes. My greatest fear is that I will develop this blockage before a scheduled airplane flight. I cant imagine being on an airplane and not being able to equalize.

People in my situation develop their own techniques mixing jaw movement, swallowing, and tongue placement. Hot Showers, laying down to one side or another, saline rinses, etc. Sometimes the only remedy is time.

This is the MOST FRUSTRATING ailment. The Doctor will look in your ear and see no fluid. As far as he is concerned your ear is healthy and there is no health risk to you so they pretty much ignore the blocked ear and tell you its allergies, tell you to take a steroid spray and allergy medication and send you on your way. I feel they have no answer and dont want to spend the time to figure out the cause.

When my ear is blocked for a long period of time which is days and even a week in some cases I develop anxiety. You think it will never open and you will hear fullness forever. You remember when you were hearing normal and wish you could get that back.

I have had bouts with severe anxiety and depression over this over the years.

I was diagnosed with a severe deviated septum which the Dr. told me COULD be narrowing the opening around my right eustation tube. I had this fixed 2 weeks ago and have actually healed very quickly. Friday will be 2 weeks since I had the surgery and I consider myself healed. I can breathe MUCH better. While my right ear was clear the weeks before and week after surgery, again I suffering from the same blocked right ear.

I did have to stop the Flonase for the surgery and have just since resumed taking it for the last 3 days. Flonase or any steroid spray does help a lot, but you need to take it for 2 weeks to build up the effects. I pretty much take it everyday indefinitely until I figure out the real cause of my problem.

I am now at a lose for the cause of my right ear always being blocked. My left ear is ALWAYS wide open. Even when I am sick and have inflammation on my left side I can always equalize that ear. I have been going to Doctors for years with very little result.

If anyone has had a similar experience or problem please let me know.

I know tubes are an option, but they are temporary, tend to fall out, and just mask the original problem. I dont want to mask the symtoms I want to FIX THE PROBLEM.
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replied June 25th, 2009
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This may or may not give you some relief, though it's not a cure. Hold your nose closed with the thumb and index finger of either hand, then blow hard until your ears pop. You can do this slowly, to see if they pop, and you may have to do it on and off through the day as needed. An ENT told me to do that because I was suffering from my left ear continually popping after a particularly bad airplane landing over 15 years ago. My ear popped for over ten years, and finally stopped on it's own. I am finding as we age, we develope little aches and pains that seem to last longer than they did when we were under 35. So annoying, but sooner or later they correct themselves.
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replied June 28th, 2009
I was just diagnosed with ETD (Eustachian Tube Dysfunction). The doctor didn't tell me much about it, as she didn't have time and now can't find the time to answer any more of my questions about it without me making an official appointment, which I can't afford to do just so she can answer questions she should've answer for free.

Anyway, all she's told me is to take Psueodephedrine (Sudafed) or Phenylephrine decongestants for the fluid blockage and Bonine or Dramamine for the dizziness I always get. She also said, "You'll probably be on the Phenylephrine for a while." But she couldn't tell me how long a while is.
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replied November 21st, 2009
Ear infections
When my daughter was young she had to have tubes put in her ears because she would get one infection after another. She was 1 1/2 and the experience was awful. About 6 months later the tubes fell out and it started all over again and they wanted to put tubes in again.

I was determined to try everything else before I did that to her again, so I started looking for other treatments. I read about Chiropractic treatments and decided to try it. She was almost 3 years old then. We started treatments and after 5 or 6 visits she kept scratching her neck and telling me it itched. I asked the Chiropractor and she said it itches because her muscles are finally where they are suppose to be and healing, like a scratch itches when it heals.

It has been 11 years and she has not had an ear infection since. For us it was a desperate search to find something else and Chiropractic treaments worked...it may be worth looking into if you are at your wits end.
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replied January 5th, 2010
ear plugging
Hi, I'm a registered massage therapist, and I've been treating someone for right ear plugging. She too tried equalizing the pressure, and that helps, but she has said that getting massage on the SCM (a big muscle in the front of your neck bilaterally that is VERY problemaic in whiplash, and poor posture, especially when you have your head down alot..DJ you said?? SCM stands for Sternoclidomastoid.) Perhaps seeing an RMT would help? Releasing the "knots" in the muscle will very often relieve ringing in the ear, tearing of the eye, headaches, and plugging!)
If you want more information, write me.
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Users who thank alycat for this post: Avengerdx 

replied April 2nd, 2012
Plugged up right ear
Amazing in one paragraph you've described what I've got!!!
I found that when I got colds or flues, I would cough alot, right after I'd have a blocked right ear that would last for days & weeks. Well now that right ear has been plugged for over a year. Especially right after I eat, which tells me its got something to do with my throat (tonsils???). You mention SCM, tearing eyes (Yes, I'm 49 yrs old and assumed it was part of getting old), ringing in my ears (Yes again), HEADACHES!!! (Yes, but they feel like stress headaches, not migraines. And I can usually releive them with a Motrine pill). And the plugged right ear of course.
Thank You I will try booking an app't with one of several RMT'S in our town
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replied April 2nd, 2012
Plugged up right ear
Amazing in one paragraph you've described what I've got!!!
I found that when I got colds or flues, I would cough alot, right after I'd have a blocked right ear that would last for days & weeks. Well now that right ear has been plugged for over a year. Especially right after I eat, which tells me its got something to do with my throat (tonsils???). You mention SCM, tearing eyes (Yes, I'm 49 yrs old and assumed it was part of getting old), ringing in my ears (Yes again), HEADACHES!!! (Yes, but they feel like stress headaches, not migraines. And I can usually releive them with a Motrine pill). And the plugged right ear of course.
Thank You I will try booking an app't with one of several RMT'S in our town
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replied June 6th, 2010
Ringing in the Ears
Hi Alycat,

How do I contact you for more information. Please write me.

thanks
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replied June 6th, 2010
Razz Hello,
I have read about your problem. My friend was facing the same problem like yours. He got The Hearing Fix rejuvenation product which provides hearing loss treatment to improve your hearing and recovers hearing loss. It was really helpful for him. I think you also should try for that.
Thanks
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replied February 15th, 2011
I have my ears plugged pretty much 24/7 now. Trouble is: I am almost deaf from the left side and have 80% remaining on the right side. When they plug badly, I can't hear a thing, not even the phone ringing right beside me. In 2008, I had ear tubes inserted and what happened? I got deaf, couldn't hear at all right after the first tube was inserted in the right (the good one) ear. It was one of the SCARIEST thing in my life and I thought I would be totally forever.
After some days with the ears still plugged and the deafness not changing, I took out the tube on my good ear and kept on the bad one (since I can't hear a thing on that side it wouldn't make a difference). What I noticed was:
1) it didn't help. I still kept getting ears plugged whenever I was taking the elevator at work. And I work on the 20th floor, no stairs as option.
2) Two years later, the tube is still there, or I got a permanently eardrum hole. I can feel the "air" passing through. And now I have a earwax build-up on it that is giving me earache.
ENT? Booked for TWO months from now. :S
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replied August 30th, 2011
Hello, I just wanted to say that this is super weird that I have the same symptoms as the original post, AND I ALSO DJ, and it is a huge problem! I hate it, during the day it doesn't really hurt, but just gets annoying to have to pop my ears a million times a day. however, when it's night and it gets colder and if I'm at a gig and the monitor is way to loud, my ear starts hurting really bad. I saw an ENT and an ear specialist, they said there was nothing wrong with my ears and i had abnormally good hearing in BOTH ears. I think these symptoms started possibly when I started college, I used to live in a really dry/hot climate area and now am a 4th year college undergrad in san diego.

I think I might try out massage therapy.
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