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Some background about the problem: I have never been on a plane, scuba diving, or done any activities damaging to my ear except listen to loud music (though I try to keep the volume regular.) As far as I know, I have never had an ear infection in my life. I also don’t have severe sinus problems and have not been facing anything that could be a sinus issue except pressure in my head and behind my eyes the past couple days. I clean my ears with Q-tips but that’s all. I haven’t had a cold in months and my tonsils have not been removed. I do have braces though, and this has started after I got my wire changed so I think it could be this. However I want a second opinion.
The first time I felt my ear pop in a while was a month ago, around the 4th when I blew my nose a little too hard and my left ear popped. This was all I felt in my ear for a little bit after, and for the rest of the month I can’t recall having any problems.
However, on the 4th of January (This month) my ear popped again after lightly blowing my nose in the bathroom. I felt fullness in my ear and like my ears had pressure in them. Both ears this time. I felt it and tried to swallow and try other methods I found online to try and pop them to no avail. Defeated, I gave up and hoped it would quit on its own. It did for a bit, but it was full and felt like they filled up and crackled on and off for the next couple days.
Things got worse as of two nights ago. Around 8:00 p.m. my ears randomly started crackling and filling up and I thought I was going to lose my hearing. I did have muffled hearing for a little bit but that was brief. It went away after a couple seconds, but the fullness and pressure came back on and off throughout the night. It didn’t muffle my hearing like it did the first time, but it still hurt and confused me.
As of yesterday, my ears got worse. They were okay in the morning but as the day went on they started to hurt a bit more and feel a little like they were burning from the pressure. They felt full and crackled a bit as well, but my hearing wasn’t muffled until I woke up about 40 minutes ago and I couldn’t hear for a couple seconds. I can hear fairly well now (can hear myself speak) and I can feel the veins behind my ears really well when I crack my left cheek/swallow.
As I type this, I can feel the veins behind my ears on both sides of my head. I have the fullness feeling in both ears but more so the right. Both have a little bit of the sensation I described earlier. I am also not experiencing any dizziness or vertigo from my ears being messed up.
I don’t have a clue why this is happening. Like I said, no history of ear infections. Haven’t had a cold in months and barely any sinus issues. I think it could be from my braces (tinnitus) but I’ve heard that people who had it from that also had jaw clicking, if I have that i’ve never noticed. The only possibilities I can think of are my braces, tonsils, or somehow sinuses. Has anyone else experienced this and should I make an appointment to the ENT before it’s too late?
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