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I have a sensation of bubbling in my inner

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Customer: I have a sensation of bubbling in my inner ear.....frequently
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Customer: No pain.....but just the recurring bubbling sensation.....no dizziness. Pressure does increase at times. Occurs irregularly.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 11 months ago.

Hello!

How long has this sensation bothered you?

Have you had recent cold symptoms? Sinus congestion ? Sore throat at all ? Have you noticed any popping of the ear with swallowing ?

There are a few different possible causes that may lead to you having this bubbling sensation of the ear . I have seen people with the external ear canal mostly occluded with wax and then may have water such as from the shower move back and forth within the ear canal. That would be one scenario. You may have Eustacian tube dysfunction . That is the tube between the middle ear space and the back of the throat . The lack of the tube being able to equalize pressure to the middle ear space and the outside may cause fluid to accumulate in the middle ear space. This is called serous otitis media and may be a cause of your symptoms.

You need to have your ear and sinuses and throat examined to determine the cause. You may need the ear canal irrigated if wax is the problem. You may benefit from a decongestant such as MUCINEX D if you have serous otitis. If an early ear infection it may be that you would benefit from an antibiotic . A brief course of prednisone is sometimes helpful.

I hope that this information is helpful for you

Let me know if you have further questions

I will be happy to get back with you

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Anthony Bray MD