Ear Pressure

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Ive had ongoing problems with my ears for about 15years. Whenever I swallow, talk or move my jaw, my ears pop, making hearing bad & when I talk makes me sound super loud. I do the technique to try and equalise my pressure. I read that people, hold their nose and blow out to pop them (open up the tubes). Ive read the technique people use however none ever mention the next bit I have to do.  I have to do this and then somehow suck in to get the pressure back to what it should be, as the nip and blowing pops my ears more and leaves the dulled hearing, with ears must be full of air.  I have to go through the same process pretty much every few seconds to equalise. Whenever I get a cold it’s the first thing that goes crazy and cant sort it. Got lots of pressure in my head at the moment too.


I’ve mentioned it the doctors before. Is there any real way to solve this.

I do suffer congestion, at the moment ive gota nasal spray from the pharmacy and also paracetamol decongestant tablets. As the last couple of weeks ive been very deaf. In one side I cant hear anything or alter that pressure like I can normally. I just have a buzzing noise constantly. I did lose hearing in my good ear, as after my doctors visit ,said one that’s deaf has a lot of wax so getting syringed, I made things worse when I put drops in the good one and lost that one too, Luckily that ones come back. Ive been having these hearing problems for 2weeks. Hopefully I get sorted tomorrow when syringed. But the whole pressure thing, Can I do anything?

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    I dont know how to sole the pressure,but olive oil works wonders when your trying to clear out your ears.

    Maybe you should use that instead of things from over the counter.☺

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    I just wondered if you have asked your doctor to send you to an ENT specialist.

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      I have been doing the olive oil in preparation for syringing tomorrow. As for the pressure popping etc, no ive never been referred to ENT.

      I did have a little camera up my noise recently as ive had trouble swallowing, lump in throat sensation. I did mention the ear popping to him but didnt say anything, apart from it must be awful having that happen every few seconds

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    It sounds like you have patulous eustachian tubes - I was diagnosed with this condition around 8 years ago. The only treatment that my ENT doctor said was available was a steroid shot in the ear canal. I did not elect to have this procedure.

    However, the condition eventually improved - I had a bad head cold a couple of years ago and fluid in my inner ear. I did two rounds of treatment with Prednisone to help with the inner ear problem and this also helped relieve / fix my eustachian tube issues. Your symptoms sound like mine were - before the prednisone treatments, pressure in my eustachian tubes would change with each breath in/out and my eardrums would flex in and out (they are thin from tubes that I had as a child). My voice sounded loud and echo-y all of the time. After the prednisone treatments, this only happens occassionally like when I have a head cold. I still get ear infections every time that I try and swim but my ears are much better than before!  

    I also used to get wax buildup like you mention and would have to have my ears suctioned often - I would lose a lot of hearing! Now I only have minor issues with my eustachian tubes draining and do not get the excessive wax buildup.

    Anyhow, I put a link to a website that explains the condition below. I hope this helps! Your symptoms sound just like mine were and I know how frustrating it can be!!


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      Thankyou for your response, yes it sounds identical to my issues.

      It takes next to no effort and they will pop

      Today I had them syringed which helped very much. I mentioned the popping again to the doctor. she said it something that goes away after a few days on its own its eustachian dysfunction. I told her ive had it for about 15years lol. As usual i never seem to get any positive response. I guess its up to me to request an ENT referral.

      I got another nasal spray to help with my congestion and sinus pains

      What does the prednisone treatment involve?

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    I know someone who had similar symptoms for many years,  was  eventually sent to ENT and was found to have a cholesteatoma.
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