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Old 06-24-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Feeling of ear being clogged

Hello I've been posting on this board for a few months. Got vestibular neuritis in November of 2010 followed by a bout of BPPV (both in my left ear)..I've been feeling good ("normal") for about 2 months now

This afternoon I ate a burger and was watching TV when suddenly my hearing in my left ear felt funny. in the matter of 30 minutes my left ear felt blocked, and very sensitive to sounds and very loud tinnitus. I haven't had tinnitus in months.. and never had an issue with a clogged ear feeling.

As someone who has battled inner ear issues since last year I became paranoid because of course my first thought was "OH NO MENIERE'S DISEASE!" Has anyone else ever experienced a randomly clogged ear? I tried doing a neti pot, but I feel like it might have made it worse. I have homeopathic ear drops and put them in, but no change, same with nasonex.

Could this be caused by ETD? I remember my ENT mentioning that I had eustachian tube dysfunction when he was treating me for vestibular neuritis. This would make sense since my ears have always "clicked" while swallowing for as long as I can remember.

I haven't had a cold, have allergies but haven't felt too bad in the past few weeks. Just hoping this is nothing serious and hopefully a byproduct of allergies, as opposed to yet another inner ear issue. I am unfortunately not on health insurance right now... another thing that makes me paranoid in case it's anything serious.

Figured I'd post on here before I spend $$$ on a doctor's appointment

Any thoughts?
Thanks for reading.

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Old 06-25-2011, 05:05 AM   #2
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Re: Feeling of ear being clogged

Hi sukanya,

I have similar symptoms and mine started with VN in Nov 2009 in the left BPPV in the opposite ear 5 mos later, then developed TMJ and have been miserable for over a year and a half. My ears have never clogged; plenty of ear pain/pressure in one or both ears but hearing has never been effected.
Do you have any TMJ issues? I noticed you said that your ear clogged after eating a hamburger. I have had a tough time eating those and my ear symptoms always got worse after a lot of chewing. I do know that TMJ can cause a clogged ear and all other kinds of ear issues.
I too get very paranoid about Meniere's so I can relate to your fear. I went to one ENT and two inner ear specialists who said my ears are fine. One said I had TMJ and the other said TMJ and possibly MAV. they said no to Meniere's, but of course I still worry about it.
Have you had an ENG? CT scan? I had all the tests but everything showed normal. Wish I could offer you more, but just wanted to let you know that I have similar issues. Hang in there.

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Old 06-25-2011, 06:09 AM   #3
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Re: Feeling of ear being clogged

Try some stream inhalation, as it could well be you estachiun tubes/ son right now has an ear infection froma cold he had, and the blockage came from his throat/estachiun tubes, rather than wax, so if youve treated the wax side, try the sinus side of it, lemon drinks, steam, or antihistamines. goodluck..

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