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My left ear won't pop and I can't hear as well with it.

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My left ear won't pop and I can't hear as well with it.
JA: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?
Customer: close to 2 weeks and I haven't had cold or flu recently
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: maybe slight case of high blood presure,I'm taking medication for it.
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 7 months ago.

Hello,

It sounds that you may be dealing with a problem of Eustachian tube dysfunction..

This is a connection between the middle ear space behind the ear drum to the back of the throat...

It allows for the pressure of the air behind and in front of the eardrum to be equal...

If it swells shut then the pressure may not be equal and this can lead to the eardrum being retracted back under tension..

This causes a uncomfortable feeling and may affect your hearing..

Over time fluid may collect behind the eardrum.. = serous otitis ..

The problem of Eustachian tube dysfunction may be brought on by allergies or a cold frequently ...

You may benefit to try an antihistamine with decongestant such as Allegra D ( behind the counter at pharmacy)

If not improving you may have your ears checked by your primary care doctor or ENT MD ...

I hope that this information is helpful for you.

Let me know if you have further questions or concerns..

I will be happy to get back with you.

If my answer has been helpful and to your satisfaction then please remember to leave positive feedback. Thank you and Best Regards,

Anthony Bray MD