Equalizing doesn’t fully open blocked ears

Posted by selwy @selwy, Jun 15 5:17am

I’ve been suffering, For almost a year now, from the feeling of accumulated liquid inside both ears. Trying to equalize is supposed to relief this blockage but it doesn’t fully. Even when equalizing, left ear clears relatively better than the right ear. Overall all equalizing relieves max 50 or 60% of feeling of congestion. Took many medications but didn’t seem to help. Some doctors recommended placing tubes inside the ear to release the pressure. I’m very reluctant to do that given the sensitivity of the area and afraid could end up with a bigger problem. Any ideas/ suggestions on what can be done? Thx

Hi @selwy, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You may wish to join this discussion with @imallears @redhead63 and @dorothynoz45
– Eustachian Tube Dysfunction: tube is plugged https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ear-dysfunction/

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Selwy, how long has this been going on for you? Do you have to equalize often?

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Mild feeling, lasting for few years. Recently, 3 months, it’s become of moderate feeling. Yeah I try to equalize but honestly not that active as I lost hope it would be useful. Used to equalize like 10 times a day but now hardly couple of times

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I have had the same problem, mine started back in 2013. First it was my right ear. I had 3 tubes in my right Ear then I had a balloon inserted. Now 2 years later my balloon collapsed and my left ear tube is dysfunction. This happened on Christmas and I do have an appointment on July 13th to see if I can get ears fixed. I did not have a cold or any kind of respiratory problems, this just happen for no reason. My question to you: does this make you dizzy or do you staggered when you walk?
I do have fluid in my mastoids too. I was told that the fluid in my mastoids have no connection with my dysfunctional tube/balloon.

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No it doesn’t make me dizzy at all or any staggering when walking. So u kinda say even tunes may not actually work?

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Is using tubes safe, effective ?

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@selwy

Is using tubes safe, effective ?

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@selwy -I had a similar issue. I have not heard of much success with tubes. Have you been checked for allergies? Sometimes allergies can develop over time and cause issues in the Eustacian tube. Can also be from diet. I would start with Homeopathic routes first. Everything is connected. And from my experience ENTs have limited knowledge on what causes dysfunction in the Eustacian tube and they only provide one solution. Everyone has fluid in there ears. Something to look into, that not a lot of people associate with are the muscles that run up your neck and connect to the mastoid bone. These can become tight and cause a full ear feeling.

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