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are you having a cold or nose block now?
did you go for a journey today?
i mean, yesterday?
No. Occurred after sleeping for a few hours after a normal workday.
this is most likely a eustachian tube block
The eustachian tube connects the ear to the nose, airplane travel specially if you are having a cold causes blockage of the tube leading to collection of fluid in the ear.
This is usually self resolving in most cases.
Take: Antihistaminics like Tab. Alavert 10 mg(OTC) one tab. daily and Otrivin nasal drops - two drops thrice daily.
Menthol steam inhalation can also be used- add Menthol salts (available OTC) to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam two - three times daily - this will relieve the congestion.
Also try a step known as Valsalva Maneouver: take a deep breath, purse your lips and then take a swallow - this will force air into the ears. Do this as often as possible.
But if it persists beyond 3-4 days, show an ENT for this
tests like Impedance Audiometry are needed for this
another condition which is similar is sudden sensorineural deafness
this is a condition when there is sudden loss of hearing on one side
if you are having decreased hearing, which you can test by putting a mobile to the ear, then you need to go to the ER for this
earlier the treatment the better
but in your case this is typically eustachian tube block and will be helped by these measures
try out these steps, you should get well with these steps itself
but if it persists show your doctor and discuss this
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any further questions?
Testing hearing now by listing to messages on cell phone. Slight decrease in left ear.
ok.. slight decrease is of course expected
would not be SNHL then
try out these measures, but do also discuss with your doctor
till you see your doctor, you can try out these steps
but remember to call your primary care physician/family physician and ask about this
any further questions?
If SNHL the level of hearing loss would be substantial?
yes thats right, you would notice the hearing loss right away, not a blocking sensation
so it doesnt seem like that
try out these steps i suggested, but you should also discuss with your own doctor
till you see or contact your own doctor, try out these steps which will help you
Also no feeling of pain, just a slight itch as I mentioned. Any other potential medical issues that would create similar symptoms? When using the Valsalva Maneouver does it require actual drinking and then swallowing of a fluid?
Thats right, there wouldnt be pain. No other potential issues, this is not such a big thing, and eustachian tube block is most likely, SNHL not being likely with your symptoms but still needs to be considered
and no, when doing the Valsalva, swallow a gulp of air, not fluids.
Thank you for your assistance Doctor! All the best.
glad to help
Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.
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