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upon awakening, I cannot hear out the ear I was sleeping on

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I usually sleep on my side at night, but for almost a week I have noticed that when I wake up the ear I was sleeping cannot be heard out of. It happens to both of them whenever I seep on it. Its almost like its clogged. This goes away within a couple minutes. I don't feel any pain and all of this only happens when I have been sleeping on one ear for awhile. I have not used Q-tips because I read that it does not help and can do more harm than good. Is this something I should worry about?

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replied October 27th, 2016
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A59221
Welcome to e health forum.

From the description provided it seems that you may be having a condition called as Glue Ear or Serous Otitis Media.

Serous otitis media describes a collection of fluid in the middle ear. This may be acute (not lasting for a long time) or chronic (lasting for a long time).

Chronic (Long standing) otitis media , as in your case can occur due to long standing eustachian tube blockage or thickening of fluid, due to which it cannot be absorbed or drained down the tube.

Symptoms can range from ear discomfort, pain, slight reduction in hearing and irritation.

Treatment of the condition can be done with medications including antihistamines and decongestants and nasal sprays. In long standing cases, a small surgical procedure involving placement of a ear tube in the ear drum (tympanic membrane) may be required to facilitate drainage of the fluid.

You might consult with your primary doctor or a ENT doctor who can examine you and provide specific advice and treatment.

I hope this helps.

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