Relieving Ear Pressure

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Ear pressure is usually caused by pressure building up behind the ear drum or wax pushing up against the ear drum. Learn about treating ear pressure that is caused by allergies, inner ear conditions or the use of Q-tips with help from a neurologist and otologist in this free video on ear problems and hearing.

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Hello my name is Dr. Jack Shohet. And I'm here to talk to you about how to relieve ear pressure. Ear pressure is usually caused by pressure building up behind your ear drum, in a space called the middle ear space. This space is usually equalized in pressure with the outside world through a tube called the Eustachian tube, which opens up directly behind your nose in the back of your throat. When you sense these, this, the pressure sensation behind your ear drum, it is usually because the Eustachian tube is not working properly. Common causes for this may be having a cold, or allergies such as hay fever or some other environmental allergy. And finally chronic sinus disease, can also cause Eustachian tube problems, which would lead to this fullness in the middle ear. Pressure in the ear can also be caused by something pushing on the ear drum from the inside, from the ear canal such as wax, being pushed up against the ear drum. Since wax never grows in the part of the ear canal that's close to the ear drum, it's usually being pushed down there, possibly by Q-tips. So, avoid Q-tips. Pressure in the ear can also be caused by an inner ear condition. And, your physician, your ENT physician, should be able to help you differentiate the different causes.

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