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Awoke during the night to what feels like a partially

plugged left ear, similar to...
Awoke during the night to what feels like a partially plugged left ear, similar to water in ear, along with a gurgling or bubbling sensation with a slight itch. Symptoms continue this morning. No symptoms or issues with right ear.
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5/29/2013
Dr. P. Jyoti
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Dr. P Jyoti :

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hello I am an ENT specialist and can help you on this.

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Customer:

Yes

Dr. P Jyoti :

hello

Dr. P Jyoti :

are you having a cold or nose block now?

Customer:

Good morning.

Customer:

No

Dr. P Jyoti :

did you go for a journey today?

Dr. P Jyoti :

i mean, yesterday?

Customer:

No. Occurred after sleeping for a few hours after a normal workday.

Dr. P Jyoti :

ok

Dr. P Jyoti :

this is most likely a eustachian tube block

Dr. P Jyoti :

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.

Dr. P Jyoti :

This is usually self resolving in most cases.

Dr. P Jyoti :

Take: Antihistaminics like Tab. Alavert 10 mg(OTC) one tab. daily and Otrivin nasal drops - two drops thrice daily.

Dr. P Jyoti :

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.

Dr. P Jyoti :

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.

Dr. P Jyoti :

But if it persists beyond 3-4 days, show an ENT for this

Dr. P Jyoti :

tests like Impedance Audiometry are needed for this

Dr. P Jyoti :

another condition which is similar is sudden sensorineural deafness

Dr. P Jyoti :

this is a condition when there is sudden loss of hearing on one side

Dr. P Jyoti :

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

Dr. P Jyoti :

earlier the treatment the better

Dr. P Jyoti :

but in your case this is typically eustachian tube block and will be helped by these measures

Dr. P Jyoti :

try out these steps, you should get well with these steps itself

Dr. P Jyoti :

but if it persists show your doctor and discuss this

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any further questions?

Customer:

Testing hearing now by listing to messages on cell phone. Slight decrease in left ear.

Dr. P Jyoti :

ok.. slight decrease is of course expected

Dr. P Jyoti :

would not be SNHL then

Dr. P Jyoti :

try out these measures, but do also discuss with your doctor

Dr. P Jyoti :

till you see your doctor, you can try out these steps

Dr. P Jyoti :

but remember to call your primary care physician/family physician and ask about this

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any further questions?

Customer:

If SNHL the level of hearing loss would be substantial?

Dr. P Jyoti :

yes thats right, you would notice the hearing loss right away, not a blocking sensation

Dr. P Jyoti :

so it doesnt seem like that

Dr. P Jyoti :

try out these steps i suggested, but you should also discuss with your own doctor

Dr. P Jyoti :

till you see or contact your own doctor, try out these steps which will help you

Dr. P Jyoti :

any further questions?

Customer:

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?

Dr. P Jyoti :

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

Dr. P Jyoti :

and no, when doing the Valsalva, swallow a gulp of air, not fluids.

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any further questions?

Customer:

Thank you for your assistance Doctor! All the best.

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glad to help

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Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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