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Pressure/Fullness in the Ear Causing Pain?

It started as an uncomfortable feeling in the ear, but the pressure kept building and now your ear feels full and it’s causing pain. Does this sound like you?
Millions of people will feel fullness and pressure in the ear at least once this year. Pressure may feel like your ears are clogged or “plugged” and the best way to avoid pain is to have the pressure relieved by an ENT.
At Exhale Sinus, TMJ, Headache & Sleep, we can diagnose the root cause of your ear fullness/pain and provide the right type of treatment to fit your overall lifestyle and goals.
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What’s Causing the Pressure?

There are several reasons you may be feeling pressure in the ears. One cause of ear pressure is a blocked or narrow eustachian tube. The eustachian tube is a small opening in the ear that helps equalize the pressure we feel by opening and closing. When the tube becomes blocked due to a disease or condition, you will feel pressure and/or pain.Causes include:
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear infections
  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Acid reflux
  • Enlarged Adenoids

What is going on when it is not hearing loss or eustachian tube dysfunction?

There are several reasons we see that patients suffer from ear fullness when their hearing testing and ear examination is normal. This type of ear pressure is a referred fullness and can be caused by:
  • Nasal Congestion or Obstruction
  • Sinusitis
  • Untreated Sleep Apnea
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Teeth Clenching or Bruxism
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When we identify this type of ear fullness, we are often able to provide relief at the time of your first visit. In some cases, we may recommend procedures to prevent the symptoms from returning or worsening.

Should You Visit a Doctor?

It’s always a good decision to see a doctor if something is going on so that you can rule out or catch any serious conditions early. However, some other reasons you may want to see a doctor if you are having ear pain or pressure include:
  • You know or believe there is a foreign object in your ear
  • You’re experiencing fever, dizziness, severe pain, or bleeding
  • The pain or pressure continues to get worse

We Offer a Full Range of Treatment Options

Often, ear fullness can be caused by allergies or other conditions that impact the sinuses. At Exhale Sinus, TMJ, Headache & Sleep, we have expert ENTs that can diagnose and treat any condition of the sinuses and ears all in the same place. This can save you both time and effort all while providing long-term treatment options.
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Are You Ready To Treat Your Ear Pain?

If you have frequent ear infections, you may benefit from a visit with Dr. Vaughn at Exhale Sinus, TMJ, Headache & Sleep. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
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