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how does sinus inflammation affect the ears?

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Dr. Rohan Walvekar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sinus connection: The nasal cavity and the ear are connected by a conduit called the eustachian tube. This tube helps drain ear contents and equalize pressure in the ear. During sinus infections, the nasal cavity is congested or inflamed and the opening of the eustachian tube in the back of the nose also gets swollen/blocked - causing ear symptoms due to unequal ear pressure or collection fluid in the ear.

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