There are various factors that can cause blocked ears such as a build up of ear wax, middle ear fluid or infections, changes in air pressure, sinus infections and allergies.
There are various sensations you may experience when you have blocked ears. These include:
- Muffled hearing: sounds may seem distorted or less clear than usual. It can feel as if you are hearing through a barrier.
- Pressure or fullness: your ears may feel like they are clogged or stuffed, similar to the sensation you have when your ears are full of water.
- Reduced sensitivity to certain frequencies: you may notice that your ability to hear certain pitches or frequencies is diminished.
- Discomfort or mild pain: In some cases, blocked ears can be accompanied by mild discomfort or a sense of pressure in the ear.
These sensations can be temporary and resolve on their own, especially if caused by factors like changes in air pressure or congestion. However, if the blockage persists or is accompanied by severe pain, hearing loss, dizziness, or other concerning symptoms, it’s important to seek medical advice for proper evaluation and treatment.
What can an audiologist do?
- Ear wax removal: At Echuca Moama Hearing we use a method called microsuction. This involves using a specialized suction device with a gentle suction probe to safely and effectively extract the wax from the ear canal. It is a safe and efficient procedure when performed by trained professionals.
- Perform tympanometry: This is a diagnostic test that assesses the health of the middle ear. It measures the movement of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) in response to changes in air pressure. Tympanometry can provide valuable information about conditions such as ear infections, Eustachian tube dysfunction, fluid accumulation in the middle ear (effusion) and other middle ear abnormalities.
- Hearing assessment: this can help diagnose whether the blockage arises from the outer ear, middle ear or inner ear.
If you are suffering from blocked ears make an appointment to see Tina at Echuca Moama Hearing