Why Do Your Ears Feel Clogged?

Young woman suffering from ear pain on light blue background It can be deeply uncomfortable when it feels like there’s something in your ears. Muffled hearing, ear pain, dizziness, and ringing ears are just a few of the troubles you may feel when your ears feel clogged. Ear congestion can have a variety of causes, from issues within the eustachian tube to the buildup of earwax.

While clogged ears may clear on their own in a few days, some instances may need to be addressed by a healthcare professional. Read on to learn some of the common reasons behind your clogged ears.

Earwax Buildup

Earwax is a vital component of the health and function of the ear. Movement of the jaw is the typical method that pushes earwax out the ear, letting drainage occur.

In some instances, earwax cannot drain properly from the ear, leading to a blockage. The shape of your ear canals, persistent headphone use, or having excess ear hair can all contribute to your risk of developing earwax-related blockage.

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

The eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the sinus nasal cavity. One of its responsibilities is to balance pressure in the middle ear. When you ‘pop’ your ears, it is the eustachian tubes opening.

When the eustachian tube doesn’t open or close as it is meant to, it is known as eustachian tube dysfunction, and it can often feel as if your ears are clogged.

Sinus infections, allergies, altitude changes, and the shape of your eustachian tubes can all lead to eustachian tube dysfunction.

Other causes can include weight loss, hormonal fluctuations such as from pregnancy that cause swelling of the tube, and even acid reflux.

What Can You Do About Ear Congestion?

Since the congestion can be due to a variety of reasons, the best thing you can do is to visit a specialist. A thorough examination can lead to an understanding of the root cause behind your congestion and will lead to personalized treatment.

Find Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Marina Del Rey, Long Beach, and Bakersfield, CA

Ear congestion can be incredibly frustrating to deal with. Luckily, an ENT can help you find relief.

At Del Rey MD, our capable team is comprised of board-certified doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. To begin your ear congestion relief treatment, schedule an appointment online or call our Marina Del Rey location at 310-776-9105, our Long Beach location at 562-774-0844, or our Bakersfield location at 661-695-8627.

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