Fullness in Ear

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    1. Cassandra
      In love

      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Hi.
      Yesterday my dad turned up our car speakers really loud because he was supposed to "fix" something. And I've been having tinnitus for about 8 months, it has gradually faded pretty good and I'm now used to the noise.
      Today I feel a fullness in my left ear and my ears ring just a tiny bit extra loud today. I'm having a cold/flu and a runny nose. Will this fullness/spike go away in a few days or is it a permanent damage? And do you think it's caused by the car speakers or my cold/flu?
       
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    2. Cassandra
      In love

      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Hello? Anyone?
       
    3. finlayargyle13

      finlayargyle13 Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      No Idea!
      I've had T since last May and had a cold in January and ear felt full but it went away again.

      Have you been to Dr?
       
    4. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      No since I noticed this fullness thing this morning. Also I'm in the ending of my flu atm...
       
    5. James P

      James P Member

      Location:
      Halifax, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma (Club)
      My right ear started feeling full a week after I noticed the tinnitus. There was no cold/flu though. It stayed like that for a couple weeks and the fullness gradually faded.
       
    6. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I've tried to "pop" my ears but it just doesn't get better.
      I've had tinnitus for a pretty long time and thinks that this might be permanent :(
       
    7. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      The fullness I mean
       
    8. Bart
      Balanced

      Bart Member

      Location:
      Antwerp
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/06/2014
      It is not unusual to have the fullness sensation after brief noise exposure, it should go away completely after a few days, don't worry about it.
       
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    9. James P

      James P Member

      Location:
      Halifax, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma (Club)
      Trying to pop my ear didn't work, such as yawning, swallowing and plugging my nose and blowing. The feeling faded though after a week or two.
       
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    10. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Well ok, maybe I should worry about it just the day after. If it will last longer than a few weeks maybe I should be a little more worried?
       
    11. Native020
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      Native020 Member

      Location:
      Orange County, FL, United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly from scuba diving along with medication
      Your symptoms sound like the fullness may be caused by the middle ear generating mucus which can happen when the Eustachian tube cuts off the air supply and the air in the middle ear eventually is absorbed by the cells in the ear. Then, a vacuum results and mucus can be generated by the middle ear which causes tinnitus and fullness. In my posts, I stated that for me, with Eustachian tube dysfunction, I took Nasonex spray for several days (being careful to point the spray at the Eustachian tube, located at the back of the nose rather than the sinuses) and used a vibrating tool like eardoc (www.eardoc.info) and placed in at the opening of the ear to cause the most vibration. I did this for about 5 minutes a day for several days. This had the effect of breaking up the mucus and allowed the mucus to move away from the eardrum in the middle ear and reduce the tinnitus. This is just a suggestion which may be helpful. Putting the vibrating tool on a washrag for example, and then placing it on the ear opening can distribute the vibration and make it more comfortable as well.
       
    12. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      But my tinnitus is caused by a concert last summer.
       
    13. Teri
      Artistic

      Teri Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2014
      Ear fullness is common and it comes and goes.

      Mine hung on for several months...then faded...but returns off and on.
       
    14. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Fullness is common and should pass in time. Everyone is different and circumstances are different so trying to pinpoint when this will happen is difficult. Just know it will pass and try not to worry about it too much.
       
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    15. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Earfullness is just part of the Tinnitus I believe

      Many years I consoled myself with " If only I can sort out my Eustachian tubes ill be fine" and I tried everything Neti pots ,decongestants Eardoc,Earpopper. that is a red herring sadly,as proven when I put my Aids in the fullness goes,
       
    16. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Is it possible that the more I'll do the "earpopping" (pinching my nose while blowing it, yeah you know..) the more my ears will feel full??
       
    17. I had ear fullness for five years before I had tinnitus, and nobody could explain it. @carlover Do you have hearing loss? @Cassandra That is a question I have wondered about too.
       
    18. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Hiya.... I do I have "sleight to moderate" high frequency hearing loss and without my aids i just dont know how i could deal with the noise.

      You see I can hear fine without Aids but when I put them In the t noise reduces by around 70%

      I wear them in bed and its still bad but bearable.Crazy but In a silent bedroom they still manage to deaden the T who know how?
       
    19. @carlover Thanks for your response. Do you also have maskers on your hearing aids? Do you think it is the sound amplification that is helping reduce the T? I hear just fine and have minimal hearing loss, but have been encouraged to try hearing aids by my neuro-otologist. Do you use your hearing aids when you sleep in bed?
       
    20. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Hi no masker ,just hearing aids and sleep in them as I say without im in big trouble get a build up of 10 out of 10 noise lying there without. 4 years ago had a bad ear infection made things far worse and I paid to see a Private Ear doctor (not ENT an Ear specialist) he said if I get hearing aids they will make the T more bearable I didnt believe him but he was spot on,

      one thing ,I have a volume control on mine so I turn the volume right up at night which distorts sound and this helps sound amplification ( but no sound in the bedroom???) and reduces the T.During the day normal volume (default) still really helps
      I was lucky in the UK I got them free from our NHS local hospital.
       
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    21. MidnightOilAudio
      Wishful

      MidnightOilAudio Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Yep. I have the "fullness" feeling in both ears right this very minute, along with high frequency hearing loss. Plugging my nose and blowing doesn't cure it, and sometimes does make it momentarily worse.
       
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    22. Cassandra
      In love

      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      When I pop my ears it feels better for a few seconds then it goes back to the normal "fullness" :/
       
    23. Zechariah

      Zechariah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      @Cassandra , do you experience the fullness even after you have been in a silent room for couple of minutes? Do you experience it in a silent bed room when you wake up? If you do, I'd say it's related to cold/inflammation etc.

      If you don't experience it in silence but you do in normal environment (people taking, machines humming etc.) then your ear may be a bit dazed (on some frequencies) after the noise exposure. Protect your hearing more carefully for a week or two and you should be fine.

      I've gotten a mild spike/new T tone and ear fullness 3-4 times in the last 9 months because of visiting night clubs (even with 21 SNR ear plugs). Every time it has gone away in 2-4 weeks. Last time it took only 2 weeks but as a sidenote, from now on I will be using 33 SNR ear plugs.
       
    24. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Go to your dr and have your ears checked out

      If you havent already arrange an audiogram

      If all is normal there...try to treat your ear fullness like u do your t...ignore it.

      Note: i had some fullness and muffled hearing after a loud noise. It settled over a few days. Was told this was the result of a protective mechanism in the ear involving the inner ear muscles spasming in response to noise.
       
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    25. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I still felt the fullness when I woke up today... Do you think it's from the cold/flu then? Cause it doesn't feel any different when I've been in a silent room.
       
    26. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I made an audiogram in October. It said that I have above normal hearing but with a slight reduce on really high notes.
      I think that all I need to do is wait, and maybe take some nasal decongestant:)
       
    27. Zechariah

      Zechariah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Well, there is a good chance that it is from the flu then but I would be still extra careful protecting your hearing for a week or two. Just to be sure.

      btw, if you have taken a normal audiogram, it doesn't necessarily tell the truth. Normal audiogram is up to 8000Hz and you may have a hearing loss above that. There is plenty of environmental sounds which reach 8000Hz - 12500Hz for example and if you can't hear them properly with your left ear, you may feel fullness but as stated, you feel the fullness even in silence which may mean that you have some flu related inflammation etc.

      I feel fullness in my right ear troughout the day and I have mild hearing loss at 12700Hz.
       
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    28. Cassandra
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      Cassandra Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Also my ear is hurting a little today. I really hope it's an inflammation of some sort.
       
    29. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      I really think you need to rule out an ear infection first..

      Your audiologist will be able to do a tympanogram to assess if you have a middle ear effusion...

      If not...and no new changes on your audio...i would try to ignore it ☺
       
    30. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      There is some good advice on this thread. The main one being that it very common to experience ear fullness with tinnitus and it does improve. It takes times for the ears and the brain to adjust to any changes in hearing, especially conditions such as hearing loss with tinnitus.
       

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