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I have seen four ENT's for what seems to be eustachian tube disorder. Before I flew on a plane with a bad cold ~2 years ago, I would get fluid in my ears and it would clear after some time. Now (beyond this issue) since the flight, I have slight tinnitu

I have seen four ENT's for what seems to be eustachian tube disorder.  Before I flew on a plane with a bad cold ~2 years ago, I would get fluid in my ears and it would clear after some time.  Now (beyond this issue) since the flight, I have slight tinnitu

ENT would know best: Put together the solutions you have been given and review these with your doctor. Because of the ringing insure your inner ears are healthy. There is very little you can do to make Eustachian tubes behave. Sometimes a course of steroids will help and if there is an indication placing tubes. All the best. ...Read more

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I have eustachian tube dysfunction & am taking sudafed and afrin. How long will it take to clear up and when will the ringing in ears take to clear up?

I have eustachian tube dysfunction & am taking sudafed and afrin. How long will it take to clear up and when will the ringing in ears take to clear up?

Depends: Eustachian tube dysfunction can been sudden related to swimming or other pressure related changes or related chronic problems related to allergy. If you have been on those meds for over a week, you may need something stronger, so see a physician or an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.

For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.

Eustachian tube dysf: Nasal congestion due to allergies or infection can cause blockage of the tube that connect middle ear to the back of nose. or even middle-ear to nose. You can auto-insufflation (pop ears) along with anti-histamine and decongestant to see if your ear fullness resolves. If not or gets acutely worse, you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could patulous eustachian tube be made temporarily worse by a cold/flu?

Could patulous eustachian tube be made temporarily worse by a cold/flu?

Yes: The cold may cause blockage of the tube where it comes into the nose. ...Read more

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I have bruxism and some hearing loss, could it be my eustachian tube blocked fully?

I have bruxism and some hearing loss, could it be my eustachian tube blocked fully?

Unrelated: Bruxism and hearing loss are unrelated. You may have hearing loss because of eustachian tube dysfunction. However get checked with your doctor. ...Read more

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For about a month my left ear (middle ear/Eustachian tube area) makes a whooshing sound when I eat and it blocks up whenever I sleep on it?

For about a month my left ear (middle ear/Eustachian tube area) makes a whooshing sound when I eat and it blocks up whenever I sleep on it?

Get it checked: Todd ....sounds like there may be an infection present. Residue from the infection could cause the blockage when you sleep or the eustachian tube muscles may be contracting to cause the blockage. ...Read more

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Will taking levitra (10 mg) worsen a very painfully blocked eustachian tube? My doctor says it's caused by allergies and I am currently taking nasonex

Will taking levitra (10 mg) worsen a very painfully blocked eustachian tube? My doctor says it's caused by allergies and I am currently taking nasonex

Ear Pain and Levitra: Levitra can cause nasal congestion. This in turn could contribute to eustachian tube blockage and ear pain. A study of over 7000 patients demonstrated increased nasal congestion in 3.4% of patients. The congestion generally occurred within the first six months of therapy and mainly affected men over age 50. You may also have allergies that can affect the eustachian tube as well. ...Read more

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Can having eustachian tube issues cause headaches? Specifically around the ear and front or back of head.

Can having eustachian tube issues cause headaches? Specifically around the ear and front or back of head.

ET Issues: It cold be the other way around - nasal and sinus blockages from allergies or infections can impact the ability to clear your ears and cause headaches. See an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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How do you unblock or reduce swelling of Eustachian tube!? An how long does it usually take

How do you unblock or reduce swelling of Eustachian tube!? An how long does it usually take

Not easy: Eustachian tube blockage is usually reversible and is often caused by viral infections of the nose and back of nose. Nasal sprays and decongestants are rarely helpful. I would consult an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes, if you have had many ear infections in childhood, the ET blockage may be long lasting. ...Read more

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Eustachian tube dysfunction not responding to treatment(nasal sprays, prescribed by various doctors) from 6months. Now my doctor is saying- go to gym?

Eustachian tube dysfunction not responding to treatment(nasal sprays, prescribed by various doctors) from 6months. Now my doctor is saying- go to gym?

Sprays won't help: There is no evidence that nasal sprays, steroids or others affect the eustachian tube patency or function. If the diagnosis of this problem has been made by a general physician, it is an overused diagnosis. True eustachian tube blockage leads to negative middle pressure, eventually fluid, and possible viral or bacterial infection. Advise seeing an ENT specialist for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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