My ear

@SomeCowgirl (32270)
United States
March 28, 2012 1:22pm CST
I know that I need to get it checked out, or atleast need to get some allergy medicine. I am pretty sure it has to do with the sinus system in my ear as I can pop it sort of and everytime I yawn it opens up. I've tried the popping trick and it doesn't help. I've cleaned it out and it helps a little. It's not that bad, just annoying when i can't hear because of it not having been popped. I've thought of putting hydrogen peroxide in my ear or the other ear cleaner I have and leaving it in there for awhile, and then at the same time taking an allergy pill that is designed to help with the sinuses. I've lived with it for over two years now so I guess I will continue to live with it until I do actually take steps to get it fixed. Anyone else have ear problems? Does this sound like allergies to you? Sinuses even?
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@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
28 Mar 12
Sinuses, allergies, deep cleaning, not really sure. I have one ear that flares up, and if the weather is really changeable it hurts like the dickens as well. I find that if I use saline nasal spray and take Mucinex type meds and drink lots of water, along with my store brand of Claritin, I do much better.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I think it must be sinuses or something. I don't like taking allergy pills so I don't, but Im thinking my allergies are flaring up with my ear instead of any other part of the sinus and allergy system. You put saline in your ear or do you mean you use it in your nose?
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@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
28 Mar 12
Saline in my nose. I do use peroxide in my ear from time to time. A cleaning kit is good as well.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
A few others have suggested this and so I will try it when I have the money to do so. I'm broke right now (had to pay a big bill)
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 Mar 12
the new roommate is having some hearing problem don't know what exactly IF the hearing is improved by cleaning it, than maybe you need to have someone check for wax build up... popping helps too, might have a sinus problem
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
It has helped in the past, I figure it's a bit of both sinuses and wax build up. Maybe wax build up blocking sinuses? but it doesn't hurt.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 Mar 12
well, wax is outside, sinuses are inside, so I doubt the wax is blocking the sinuses...
• United States
28 Mar 12
I dunno what's causing your ear to be like that. I know sometimes too I'd feel the same thing after swimming and I'd cup my hand over my ear and plunge it you could say. I would get it checked out. I dunno but sinus' or allergies they can both effect alot! The Dr said today the junk I cough up in my throat is from allergies. I just want know know what i"M allergic to now.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
I am glad I don't have much when it comes to coughing up the mucus etc, as that kind of disgusts me a bit. I guess I am blocked and will have to try saline (everyone's suggestions for the most part) before going with the doctor. I don't have the money to go to the doctor.
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• United States
30 Mar 12
I was even thinking maybe even a heating pad might help. I've been there not having money or insurance to take care of things.
@dlpierce (489)
• United States
30 Mar 12
My husband had a similar problem about a year ago. It turned out to be a wax build up which he had to have the doctor clean out because it had gotten so bad. They do have wax removal kits, but even using one of them didn't work for him. My mother always used a drop of mineral oil in her ear to remove wax. She would use a blow hairdryer to warm her ear after she put the drop of oil in it. The wax would easily come out. But this trick didn't work in my husband's case either because he let it build up to long.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
I have probably got the same thing going on with me as It does help a little to use the wax kits but not much. I could try the mineral oil thing as I hadn't tried that, and the saline thing. If none of these work though I guess it's to a doctor I go.
@Zer0Stats (1316)
• India
29 Mar 12
Sounds like your sinuses could be blocked,have a word with a pharmacist or your doctor,for something to clear them.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
It's just my ear, and I did have a headache today (which I've only had one every once in awhile since this has happened, nothing irregular). I will check with a pharmacist, lol, my sister used to be one, got a friend who is lol.
@maezee (33395)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I have had the same or a similar problem but it was right before I developed an ear infection. So similar, but very different. . is it a consistent problem? You said that it's been two years - but is it consistently like that? Perhaps there is a hole in your ear drum. They told me that once and I was supposed to go have it checked out but never did. . Oops. I would avoid doing any of the 'at home' remedies. I tried a few of those for when I had a super bad ear infection, and I told the doctor that, and they scolded me, saying that the contaminents can actually cause it to worsen. I would go to the doctor if you can.... Best of luck to you & I hope it gets better!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
I thought that maybe I had a hole in my ear drum because when I would use peroxide it would hurt, when it normally wouldn't. However when I used other ear cleaning solutions it did not hurt. I am not sure, but I don't have the funds to go get it checked out.
• Canada
28 Mar 12
It sounds like your ear problem might be because of a sinus but I'm not hundred percent sure. If it is still bothering you and hasn't gotten better you should go to a doctor...
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
It's been bothering my hearing for two years, I do need to get it checked out.
@petersum (4525)
• United States
28 Mar 12
I think the eardrum is too far inside the ear to be "cleaned" and that would be dangerous too. As you can pop your ears, I suggest you practice more popping! Many swimmers and divers learn to develop the muscles required to pop the ears at will. I find it rather relaxing to "flex" my eardrums occasionally. Otherwise I would say that your case is quite normal. Yawning often moves things to the wrong place in some people. You're not unusual - just not quite like other people.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
28 Mar 12
It sure has been normal for me for two years now. I'm not sure if popping it will help because it only helps for a few minutes. I'm going to try the allergy meds thing, cleaning it out and hopefully it will work.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
28 Mar 12
does it hurt? i would think it is more sinus related than allergy related. if your ear bugs you more than a week or two, i would get it checked out.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
28 Mar 12
It never hurts, though it has when I've put peroxide in it in the past. It's just that it feels clogged in part of it, air pressure in another. I don't have the money to get it checked out.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
29 Mar 12
It sounds like your Eustachian tube is blocked. My son gets ear infections and plugged ears all the time. His tonsils are unusually large (not from infection, just naturally so). It has been suggested that he have them removed as they are probably blocking the Eustachian tubes from draining properly. Could this help you?
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
29 Mar 12
If your ears feel plugged and popping them relieves the sensation for a few minutes, then I would say that the outer ear is probably not the problem, but rather the inner ear is plugged via the eustachian tube. Rinsing your ear will not help unless you have excess wax buildup and as I said, this doesn't seem to be the case. You should try nasal decongestants as they will help your eustachian tube to open and drain...
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 12
I appreciate the tip, I will try nasal decongestants as I have not tried it before. I just "yawned" and it popped my ear into hearing.