Problem with right ear popping

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For the past year or so I’ve had a problem with my right ear popping when I sing, blow my nose, or yawn. It is especially a problem when I sing as it is very distracting and tends to “stay popped” for as long as I am singing, making everything I sing sound pretty obnoxious. The problem started after I had a cold about a year ago. Once in a while I will feel an extremely slight pain from the ear. I have seen an ENT who prescribed me two different pills to take over the course of a few weeks (I forget the names of them) and Fluticasone spray. None of this had any effect. I went back to my ENT and he prescribed me Oxymetazoline nasal mist and a Methylprednisolone dose pack, neither of which I have filled the prescription for yet. My ENT said he didn’t see any fluid in my ear when he looked in it. If I perform the Valsalva maneuver, my right ear pops very easily and my left ear takes a bit more pressure to pop. Is it possible this problem is just from a buildup of earwax? I am wondering if I should try the new prescriptions I was given or if there are any other suggestions you guys might have as to what is going on here or what I should do. Really looking forward to getting this problem solved mainly so I can sing again without my ear popping all the time. Thanks.

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    Hi, I'm guessing they've already checked out your eustacian tube? I had a horrid cold and mine hasn't been right since. That was last November! I now struggle with travelling anywhere in altitude. I do sympathise with you.

    If I were you I'd get the prescription, it's got to be worth a shot?


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    Hi Guitar - certainly sounds like a eustachian tube malfunction to me. 

    If this remains problematic, you might want to consider a surgical procedure, called, Eustachian Tube Dialation. A very simple process performed around the country. Not sure if you're in the USA or not but you might want to look into that. Not sure if you're a candidate or not but any ENT that performes the procedure would know immediately. The procedure is about 2 years old and there has been great success shown for ETD. 

    You might want to google it and discuss with your ENT. 

    Wishing you the best!

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    I developed a problem with my left ear about 2 and a half years ago after having the flu,the GP diagnosed glue ear and said it should clear up in a couple of months. However it didn't get any better.Went to see an audilogist who said it could be eustachian tube disorder,so was referred to ENT,he said there was nothing wrong with my ear and that I had better hearing than him,Told him it wasn't my hearing that was the problem,it was the feeling of fullness in my ear,that also affected the left side of my face and my jaw. So far have also seen my dentist,a maxilofacial specialist,another ENT doctor whose only interest was to give me a hearing aid for my right ear that I've been deaf in,due to an accident 30 years ago but keep telling them that's not what I want. I want someone to sort out the problem with my left ear. It's fine and clear when I get up first thing but am always snuffly and bunged up in my sinuses and something like bending down to pick something up will pop my ear.I've had flutcasone spray that does nothing either and the Valsalva makes the ear pop and clear for a second or two. Like you I am totally fed up with this and just want my ear back to normal.Hope we both get sorted 


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