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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Mr.M.R.Spencer | 2018/12/21

Q.

Blocked ears

Can having nhs hearing solve blocked and painful ear canals, especially after being told by one of the nurses, they think it’s due to eustatation tube dysfunction. Why would having hearing aids help? I went to see a ENT so call specialist, who suggested I try wearing aids , because according to him, he said looking at the results of my hearing test, which was done some day earlier, it showed that I was not hearing quite so well, however if my eustation tubes are blocked, surely having hearing aids, in the ears,won’t really help to solve the blocked up feeling I’m having, it feels like being underneath the water with a muffled sensation.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert
- 2018/12/21

Hi Mr Spencer

Hearing aids wont solve blocked and painful ear canals due to eustachian tube dysfunction, but would rather assist with the blocked sound you may be experiencing as a result of a hearing loss.

Usually eustachian tube dysfunction is treated either with nasal sprays, or with a stent of sorts inserted into them via surgery to keep them open.

It would be interesting to see whether the hearing loss is associated with the ETD, or whether the two are separate issues.  If they are separate issues, then you can treat the hearing loss with amplification, but you may still need to attend to the eustachian tube dysfunction separately.

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