Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Audrey McGregor | 2011/06/02

Q.

Blocked ears

Alex 17years suffers from " blocked ears" . She was given a pump " Avamys"  to try and open her ears. She suffers terribly from hayfever all year and has the injection once a year and takes tablets all the time. HELP!!!

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi,

There are many causes of "blocked ears". Blocked ear sensation can be the result of the air pressure on either side of your ear drum not being equal. Since this condition is so common with air travel, the blocked ears feeling is commonly known as "aeroplane ear".

A permanently blocked ear is due to air being unable to move through the Eustachian tube. This is caused either by the Eustachian tube being blocked by mucous, or a faulty muscle in the ear.
The most common cause of ear blockage is when you have a cold and your Eustachian tube gets blocked with mucous. In fact, any condition which creates extra mucous in your nose can lead to blockage of the ear. Sinus and throat infections and nasal allergies as in Alex's case- hay fever are also causes of blocked ear, as the swollen membranes block the opening of the Eustachian tube.

This annoying feeling of a blocked ear accompanying a blocked nose generally disappears once the cold or infection is better.
Once you have ruled out or fixed mucous and inflammatory blockages, you can look at toning your ear muscles. Sound Therapy, a therapeutic listening program which uses specially recorded classical music on a portable player with headphones to correct disorders relating to the ear, is particularly effective for overcoming the blocked ear sensation, as the fluctuating sounds provided in Sound Therapy exercise and re-tone the ear muscles and restores their flexibility.

First step is consulting an ENT specialist to manage the mucous build up from hayfever.

Regards,
Nizha
Audiologist

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Posted by: Hearing Care | 2011/06/08

Hi,

There are many causes of "blocked ears". Blocked ear sensation can be the result of the air pressure on either side of your ear drum not being equal. Since this condition is so common with air travel, the blocked ears feeling is commonly known as "aeroplane ear".

A permanently blocked ear is due to air being unable to move through the Eustachian tube. This is caused either by the Eustachian tube being blocked by mucous, or a faulty muscle in the ear.
The most common cause of ear blockage is when you have a cold and your Eustachian tube gets blocked with mucous. In fact, any condition which creates extra mucous in your nose can lead to blockage of the ear. Sinus and throat infections and nasal allergies as in Alex's case- hay fever are also causes of blocked ear, as the swollen membranes block the opening of the Eustachian tube.

This annoying feeling of a blocked ear accompanying a blocked nose generally disappears once the cold or infection is better.
Once you have ruled out or fixed mucous and inflammatory blockages, you can look at toning your ear muscles. Sound Therapy, a therapeutic listening program which uses specially recorded classical music on a portable player with headphones to correct disorders relating to the ear, is particularly effective for overcoming the blocked ear sensation, as the fluctuating sounds provided in Sound Therapy exercise and re-tone the ear muscles and restores their flexibility.

First step is consulting an ENT specialist to manage the mucous build up from hayfever.

Regards,
Nizha
Audiologist

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