Persistent ear congestion is generally a symptom of a larger condition, not a condition by itself. Ear congestion refers to a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears, often accompanied by a reduced ability to hear. Getting help for this kind of problem can improve your quality of life. At Del Rey, MD, we can help. Here’s what to know.
What Causes Persistent Ear Congestion?
Often, persistent ear congestion is caused by inflammation or congestion in the sinuses. However, other conditions can cause this problem as well. Allergies and structural abnormalities are both reasons that you might experience regular congestion in your ears.
What Are the Signs of Persistent Ear Congestion?
If your ear is congested, you can experience a range of symptoms, including stuffiness and pressure in the ear, muffled noises, tinnitus, hearing loss, earache, itchiness in the ear, dizziness, and general discomfort.
When Should You See the Doctor?
Although many people will sometimes experience ear congestion after a cold or the flu, consistent congestion could be a sign of a problem that could be solved with action from a physician. If your sinuses are causing the congestion, for example, you may need medication or sinus surgery. Your doctor can determine what the problem is and how to solve it.
What Can Be Done About Persistent Ear Congestion?
Every case is unique, so what needs to be done depends on what’s going on in your ears. Your doctor will start with an examination and diagnosis. Once your doctor knows the potential cause of your problem, then you can discuss solutions.
If a structural problem is causing your congestion, your doctor may suggest surgery. If your problem is caused by your sinuses, your doctor may offer several suggestions before suggesting surgery.
Don’t Live With Chronic Ear Congestion. Get Help.
If you’re ready to treat your ear congestion, go to a Del Rey, MD, location near you. Del Rey MD operates in Los Angeles at 310-773-5986, in Long Beach at 562-774-0844, and in Bakersfield at 661-695-8627. Call today to get started with your consultation, or fill out our online contact form here.