Recently Stuffy Ear

Discussion in 'Support' started by JimmyBH, May 19, 2017.

    1. JimmyBH

      JimmyBH Member

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      I've had tinnitus in my left ear for about 10 years. It gets louder and quieter and sometimes the sounds change, but I've gotten used to it for the most part.

      About a month ago, I woke up with what I would describe as stuffiness in my left ear. It's like water got into my ear while swimming. My hearing level has dropped in that ear and bass sounds reverberate which makes it difficult to concentrate on music for example.

      I've been to the doctor and my ear is perfectly clear, no wax or any other visible problems. She suspected ETD and gave me a nasel spray. It hasn't worked... my ears pop normally so I'm not sure if that's it. Any other ideas what it could be? I'm on a long waiting list to see an ENT specialist. The hearing problem is causing me problems at work so it's becoming stressful and no sign of it abating.
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    2. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      The term for this (that you can use to do research online) is "aural fullness" or "ear fullness"...
    3. linearb

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
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      Do you have any jaw pain, pain on chewing, clicking or popping in your jaw joints, etc?
    4. BuzzyBee

      BuzzyBee Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      It's probably TMJ related, but it could also be something like a cholesteatoma. Its most likely NOT a cholesteatoma, but you might want to go over your history with the new ENT just to rule that out.
    5. Dr. Jay Hobbs

      Dr. Jay Hobbs Member Benefactor

      central valley California
      Tinnitus Since:
      Blessed to not have...often
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      Yes, @JimmyBH , When I have ruled out wax and infection...and your "normal ear popping" seems to indicate an ability to equalize pressure, I usually look hard at jaw muscle (masseter, temporalis, pterygoid) problems, as was mentioned.
    6. Starthrower

      Starthrower Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Surgery
      Jimmy this also happened to me a few years back. Oh it drove me nuts to have that sensation in the ear. No pain or anything but everything sounded muffled and I was a bit off balance. It felt like water in my ear canal. Now what I did was take a cotton ball soak it with hydrogen peroxcide and water and gently squeeze a few drops into your ear. You will hear a sizzling effect for a few moments. Then lay on your side and let the water sort of drain out.

      But do not do what I did back then. I thought oh maybe if I do this ten times a day.....then I had really dried out ear canals that itched like crazy.
    7. fishbone

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      Hope you can see an ENT soon, buddy :)

      Having a stuffy ear is horrible, I use to deal with this constantly as a kid and teenager, best of luck to you...

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