Clogged Ears – Ear Problems

hi guys in this video I'm going to talk about the four main reasons your ears feel clocked coming up hi I'm cliff Olsen doctor of Audiology and founder of applied hearing solutions and on this channel I cover a bunch of hearing related information to help make you a better informed consumer so if you're into that consider hitting the subscribe button we've all experienced it clogged ears but what causes your ears to feel clogged I'm gonna cover these four main reasons right now reason number one is earwax now as the name suggests earwax is a natural waxy substance that's secreted by the skin glands inside of your ear canal now earwax is important because it coats and lubricates the ear canal and protects against things like fungus and bacteria earwax typically migrates out of your ear on its own but there are some cases where either ear canal Anatomy or using q-tips can push that earwax down and further inside your ear and it doesn't actually come out this is what we call impacted earwax the professional removal of earwax will involve three options the first one is by curette or having it picked out of your ear the second option is suction to suck it out of your ear and the third option is irrigation which is using water to flush it out of your ear if earwax is too dry it can become very hard and when it's really hard it's really difficult to get out of your ear if this is the case you'll probably have to use some kind of an ear wax softener like deep rocks I don't recommend trying to pull your wax out on your own that is how you can injure your ear and then you'll have way more problems than some built up ear wax now the second cause is eustachian tube dysfunction now the eustachian tube is a tube that connects from your middle ear space to your throat the dysfunction occurs when that tube is either swollen or won't open to allow passage of air when you swallow or yawn now if this tube gets clogged it can create either a positive pressure inside your middle ear space or more often ly a negative pressure inside your middle ear space what this will do is this will retract your eardrum it's the point where it actually causes pain the sensation that you would usually feel is the need to pop your ears now eustachian tube dysfunction usually coincides with either having a cold or having a sinus infection and it could also lead to the buildup of fluid inside your middle ear space when you have a retracted eardrum or fluid inside of your middle ear both of these things restrict the movement of sound from your outer ear through to your inner ear which can create that muffled sensation now there are circumstances where when you have this eustachian tube dysfunction and a virus or some bacteria gets into the fluid of your middle ear space it can result in a middle ear infection middle ear infections typically give you the sensation of pain because of the inflammation and the infected fluid that's behind the eardrum if you do have this sensation you should seek medical attention immediately reason number three is an outer ear infection sometimes known as swimmers ear now this happens when your ear canal becomes inflamed and generally produces some kind of pus or fluid that leaks from your ear when this happens when this fluid that's leaking is thicker and infected then it typically means that you need to seek medical care to have some kind of antibiotics or treatment on your ear canal to get it to go away and just remember if you just got done swimming you may just have some water inside your ear so make sure that you give it a chance to dry out to make sure that that's not the problem before you seek medical care okay on to reason number four and probably the most serious of the causes of sounds feeling muffled or your ears feeling clogged and that is sudden sensorineural hearing loss some of the symptoms of sudden hearing loss are the occurrence of a hearing loss without a real reason typically happens in one ear but can happen in both ears and it's not really accompanied by pain it just happens you either wake up and you can't hear out of one of your ears or you're driving in your car and all of a sudden hearing goes out in one of your ears all their symptoms that can come along with this is the sensation of dizziness or aural fullness or fullness in your ear and tinnitus that ringing and buzzing that you get now the typical causes of a sudden hearing loss are either a virus that's destroying your cochlea which is your inner ear hearing organ or a tumor a rapidly growing tumor on your auditory nerve either way both of these situations are extremely serious and it needs to be diagnosed right away if treatment is going to be successful for you a lot of people mistakenly assume that it's earwax causing this and that isn't always the case treatment for this condition often can include the use of an injection of a steroid through your eardrum oral steroids and an MRI to ensure that it is or isn't a tumor there you go guys those are the four reasons why your ears might feel clogged sometimes it'll be something as simple as just getting some ear wax taken out of your ears and other times you can save your hearing by treating it sooner rather than later that's it for today's video if you have any comments leave them in the comment section below if you like the information in this video feel free to give it a thumbs up and don't be afraid to hit the subscribe button I'll see you next time [Music]

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