Clogged Up Ears Caused By Congestion

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Dottie Says:

I have been experiencing clogged up ears which feels like congestion for over two years now. I have seen three ENT's and have had three hearing tests. My right ear has 95 percent hearing but my left is lower. I finally purchased one hearing aid for my left ear and was told that I didn't need one for the right. However, although the hearing aid does make things louder, I still have the congested feeling in both ears and appears that changes in atmosphere or pressure makes i worse. I have been diagnosed with Eustation Tube Dysfunction but I still don't think that is the problem . I started experiencing the problem two years ago while treating bronchitis. It has never left me. It there a solution to this problem? I know it doesn't have to to with a drug issue but can you help me with an answer. Yes, I am the same Dottie, who is having problems with Xarelto.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Dottie! Wow, another problem! I am so sorry, you've just been on a roller coaster recently!

Do you have any sinus issues? Sometimes that clogged feeling is due to sinus congestion or swelling. I'm looking at the NIH pages to try to see other possible reason that it may happen.

There is a rare condition that some people have that may cause it, a friend of mine had to have surgery for it 2 years ago, it's called acoustic neuroma and is a noncancerous tumor that grows in the ear. It's very hard to spot, even for an ENT, if they aren't familiar with it. She saw many doctors and tried many medications, until if was finally diagnosed and surgically corrected.

Have the doctors checked your sinuses, as well? Have you tried antibiotics for it?

Does anyone else have any ideas?

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Dottie Says:

Yes, they did a scan of my sinuses. The ENT indicated that there was a slight blockage on the right side but not enough that he felt that would reauire surgery. That is the side that is the worst. Actually I am a very healthy individual and take only blood pressure meds and Lipitor 2 times weekly. The Xarelto is a freak issue where the clogging ears is frustrating especially when there is no solution. Doesn't matter if I wear my hearings aid in that ear, It still hss bolckage so something is causing it. Not allergy relsted. Been on shots for yr and gave up. Thanks for your advise.

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