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Doctor insights on: Ear Blocked At High Altitudes

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more


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Why can't i hear out of my left ear correctly when going to high altitudes?

Why can't i hear out of my left ear correctly when going to high altitudes?

The: Lower atmospheric pressure may be affecting tympanic membrane movement. Audiologist may be able to help. ...Read more

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I usually workout for 50 mins. But at the end my ears react as if like low pressure.. Same when we climb to a high altitude.. Whts wrong..

I usually workout for 50 mins. But at the end my ears react as if like low pressure.. Same when we climb to a high altitude.. Whts wrong..

Dehydration?: You may be becoming dehydrated, and because of this change the dynamics of the eustacian tubes which run from the middle ear to the back of throat, causing a pressure sensation in the middle ear. If this continues try drinking lots of liquid during the workout and see if it makes a difference. If not, see an ENT doctor. Good luck, hope you get this resolved. ...Read more

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I can't hear out of my left ear. It started after i went from high altitude to low altitude and it never popped on the way back to high altitude.

See an ENT doctor: Your complaint is common but unless you have an infection or underlying condition it is usually self limited. Your doctor can teach you how to "clear" your ears by releasing pressure through the eustachian tubes like scuba divers are required to do. If you have an otitis you will need treatment and an ENT is the expert you should seek. ...Read more

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Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Yes: Sometimes the altitude change is not felt as much when there is fluid behind the eardrum, such as when an ear is infected. Sometimes it is more painful. Give pain medication and treat the infection as directed. ...Read more

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Ears feel like i'm at a high altitude like the clogged feeling u get when flying! throat feels swollen, thick feeling when swallowing!?

Ears feel like  i'm at a high altitude like the clogged feeling u get when flying! throat feels swollen, thick feeling when swallowing!?

Blocked tube: The eustachian tubes allow air to travel from the throat to the inside of the ear drum to keep the pressure same on both sides of the ear drum. When you have swelling or secretions in your throat, the opening can get plugged and the pressure can't equalize. Sometimes treating the sore throat or nasal congestion will open it, try yawning, swallowing or blowing your nose with your nostrils pinched. ...Read more

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Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Question?: The infections are typically treated with antibiotics if bacterial. The altitude sickness is best treated with hydration and rest, if it is mild. If it more severe, go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Why is it harder to breathe at high altitudes?

Why is it harder to breathe at high altitudes?

Altitude: the higher you go the less oxygen is in the air the more you have to work to get enough oxygen to keep you going ...Read more