A 30-year-old male asked:
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my ears feel plugged and muffled and i am now extremely sensitive to sound. hearing even footsteps hurts like crazy. is this a normal earache?

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Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: An earache means your ear actually hurts. Does your ear hurt? Are you more sensitive to internal sounds such as that occurs when chewing or hearing your own footsteps rather than of others? If that is the case and your ear does not hurt, when considering your other symptoms, it sounds like you may have accumulated fluid behind your ear drum, what we call serous otitis media.
Answered on Aug 23, 2020
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