Why Do My Ears Feel Plugged?

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When your ears suddenly feel plugged you may not need to be alarmed, as it usually is nothing serious. It is advisable to not totally ignore it though.

A plugged feeling is a possible symptom of various conditions that could be occurring inside your ear. These cases are temporary in most cases but be attentive and refer to a healthcare professional when these last longer than usual.

Common Causes

The Eustachian Tube:

The function of the eustachian tube is to serve as duct for ventilation to manage the pressure within the middle ear. Make sure it remains at the average level. However, when a person is located rather high altitudes or vastly deep parts of the ocean where an immediate change in external air pressure can occur, this can trigger clogged ears. This is because the eustachian tube is unable swift change in conditions but ordinarily you ears will recover after, and this is generally nothing to worry about.

A portal for liquids and debris is its secondary function, where liquids and debris are flushed out into the throat. This helps prevent unnecessary build-up of fluids and unwanted particles in the middle ear. There are times though, where these can accumulate and end up obstructing the middle ear and the eustachian tube. This is usually caused by an infection, such as swimmer’s ear.

Accumulated Earwax:

The earwax is a significant element of the auditory system. It acts as your ear’s very own cleaning agent, and it also hinders particles and insects from entering. Despite its important role it can sometimes be the culprit of plugged ears. This fluid can sometimes harden and accumulate. It’s thickness makes it harder to exit by itself like it should.

This could also occur when an earbud is pushed inside the ear for cleaning. As a result, earwax is then shoved farther into the ear resulting in an unhealthy pile of it. Always remember that earbuds are to be used only in the outer ear.

You can treat this yourself by purchasing an earwax removal kit. This is equipped with an earwax softener. It is best though, to have it flushed out by an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT).

Inner Ear Tumor:

Also known as, Acoustic Neuroma, this is a rare condition which is a non-cancerous tumor growing from your inner ear towards the brain. Aside from a clogged feeling, this can also cause tinnitus and hearing loss.

This is treated through radiology but some situations would still require surgery. Supportive therapy then follows for a person to cope up with the complications that come with this Acoustic Neuroma. As long as you seek medical help, this normally is  nothing to be afraid of.

Always be watchful of your health including your auditory system. Make sure they are remain healthy. When clogged ear persists for long periods of time, have this checked by a professional as soon as possible. Contact Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846 to schedule an appointment with one of their licensed experts so you’re assured of an accurate evaluation.