Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Help!! | 2008/06/17

Q.

Ear "slams shut"

Hi,
I have a very irritating problem and would appreciate any advice. I don`t know how to explain it, but you know that feeling you get in your ears when you experience a sudden pressure change like when driving through a tunnel. It feels as if your ears shut, until you yawn again. Well, I`ve been experiencing that for the last 4 years. It happens everyday and I can`t get my ear "open" again. It only happens to my left ear. I`ve been to a docter and he gave me cortisone to drink, it didn`t help at all - made problem worse. I`ve been to a specialist who suggested I drink anti-epilesy meds. I`m too scared to use it and my job requires me to be alert at all times.
When my ear closes like this I can`t get it open again. When I speak I sound like someone with a cold and it gets a bit difficult to hear. When my ear closes I usually close my nose and try to inhale through my closed nose, but this only helps for a couple of seconds. I am super irritated and desperate for a cure. Please help me. I don`t know who else to ask for a possible cure.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Help

I would advise you to see and Ear, Nose and Throat specialist if you have not already done that and then request medication that won't make you drowsy. If after the medication the problem is not cleared up, it will also be advisable to have the function of the middle ear and the Eustachian Tube evaluated by an Audiologist.

Please let me know if you need any further information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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