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Stuffy ears and ringing for 6 months


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Old 08-12-2017, 11:15 PM   #1
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Stuffy ears and ringing for 6 months

Hi. My name is Will and I've had ear issues since I was a kid. I'm in my late 20s now and a few years back I had my ear tubes removed that I'd had since childhood, hoping it would improve my hearing which is about 60% of normal. The holes filled in but my hearing didn't improve. In the past year, I started having a lot more congestion than normal and a feeling of stuffiness. ENTs didn't see any infection, but put me on Flonase and daily Neti pot rinse and I tried an anti-inflammatory Ned for a while. Nothing really improved except my nose was less stuffy and then I started to have a constant ringing in my right ear. I've learned to ignore it, but it's always there. I also have a popping noise every time I extend my jaw as far as it can go. And if I move my jaw in a circular motion I get a sort of crunching noise behind my ear. There's isn't any pain but my ears can get a bit sore if I use a q-tip.
Most recently, I saw a new ENT who said there shouldn't be any pressure as there's still a pin-sized hole in my right ear drum. He used a scope through the nose and said it looked fine from behind. I then went in for an MRI which also came back fine. I have no idea what's going on! Starting to get disillusioned . If anyone has any idea what it might be or something that might help id greatly appreciate it!

 
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: Stuffy ears and ringing for 6 months

There are multiple things that can cause your symptoms. I had a stuffy ear for over a year. Ringing in my ears at times. Turns out I had TMJD. The discs in my jaw had slipped and my jaw was pushed slightly back towards my ear. I didn't have any jaw pain, just the ear issues. With TMJD, the issues can be both the bite and the muscles that spasm and keep the jaw in it's bad place.
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