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Ear Canal Congestion is Like Heavy Traffic

Q: Why Do My Ears Feel So Congested?

A: Good question! When folks talk about congestion, most people naturally think about nasal passageways, but ears can feel pretty plugged up, too. Let’s talk about what might be going on when ears seem clogged, how it can affect your hearing, and how you can get some relief.

The sensation of plugged-up ears essentially means a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears — as if something is partially or completely filling the space within your ear canal. It can feel fairly innocuous, somewhat annoying, or even downright painful. It can also make sounds seem rather faint or make it difficult to hear altogether.

Any number of conditions can cause this sensation of fullness.
One possibility involves altitude-related air-pressure changes, which can produce symptoms such as clicking or popping in the ears, ear pain or blockage, and even temporary hearing loss.

Normally the eustachian tube, a narrow passageway from the ear to the back of the throat, helps keep pressure in the ear relatively equal. When external pressure changes quickly, however — like in air travel — your body might need a little extra help to get the ears back on track.

In this case, yawning, swallowing, chewing gum, or sucking on your favorite hard candy before the plane ascends or descends can help the eustachian tube equalize air pressure inside the ear. Holding your nose, closing your mouth, and softly blowing without exhaling air may also help — as long as you don’t have a sinus infection.

Other possible causes of ear congestion can include ear infection, head trauma, or a case of the common cold. Conditions such as Ménière's disease are also potential contributors, making it important to seek a complete ear evaluation if you experience any fullness in one or both ears lasting more than a couple days or accompanied by ear pain, discharge, or ringing; balance issues; dizziness; or headaches.

Our caring experts can help you keep your hearing health in top shape, so don’t wait. Contact us to schedule a full examination, get answers to your questions, or discuss your hearing-health concerns today. We’re here to help!

By Central ENT Consultants
February 17, 2016
Category: General
Tags: Ear Infection  

Find out how to best eliminate ear infections in children quickly and effectively.
If your child is over the age of two, at-home care and rest are two of the best things you can do to treat an ear infection. Many ear infections will often go away on their own, so you may want to try some of these home treatment options to see what works best for Ear Infectionyour child. And if you aren’t sure, you can always turn to your ear, nose & throat specialists in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD:
Pain Medications
Many over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) can ease both pain and inflammation. Sometimes it’s best to give your little one medication like this before bedtime to help soothe their symptoms so they sleep better. After all, rest is very important to healing.
Be sure to always follow the instructions on the medication. Talk to us before starting your child or baby on pain medications to make sure it’s a safe option for them.
Heat therapy
By applying a warm towel or washcloth over the ear, you may also be able to alleviate pain. This can be a great option for parents who don’t feel comfortable giving their child medication but still want to ease pain and discomfort.
Resting is key to speeding up your child’s recovery time. By resting, you’re allowing their body to fight the infection. Avoid strenuous activities when they have an ear infection and allow them time to sleep and relax as much as possible.
If your child’s symptoms do not get better after treating it at home for a few days then it’s certainly time to schedule an appointment with your ENT in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. We may need to prescribe antibiotics or ear drops to treat the problem.
When it comes to your child’s health never hesitate to contact our ENT office in Hagerstown and Frederick. Central ENT Consultants, PC, is here for you and your whole family.