How to get rid of pressure in your ears?
Ear fullness, ear barotrauma, stuffy ears: there are many ways to describe the sensation. Furthermore, the sensation of pressure in the ears can be linked to stuffy sinuses, a sore throat or even tinnitus. So how do you know which is afflicting you?
Many individuals who do experience ear fullness might also, eventually, lose hearing in the afflicted ear – as symptoms range from mild to moderate. However, if you’re experiencing hearing loss due to ear barotrauma, rest assured, your hearing will return and this loss is only temporary and reversible. And so are your symptoms. That’s the good news. Waiting for the other shoe to drop? Well, there isn’t one. But you still should be aware of the source of discomfort, zero in on the cause, and seek medical attention, if it persists. In this article, we help you break down the causes of ear pressure so you can get through and out the other side.
How do you decongest your ears?
Are there techniques you can “DIY” to seek immediate relief? Besides the more well-known and common methods of yawning or chewing gum, ear barotrauma can be “treated” by something as simple as:
- Breathing exercises
- Taking a decongestant
- Lying horizontally if struck by vertigo
- Taking an antihistamine.
If your ear pressure is related to a persistent cold or flu, try the following home remedies:
- Keep your nasal passages hydrated and salinated, as well as unclogged with the help of a nasal spray. This will alleviate more immediate pressure from both the sinuses and the ears
- Run a humidifier in your room to keep the air moist
- For pain that may accompany the pressure, try using ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve yourself from the ache
- Just as you want to avoid extreme pressure changes, you’ll also want to avoid extreme temperature changes. Keep liquids warm to lukewarm but don’t shift to something extremely cold.
Obviously diagnosing ear barotrauma and ear pressure as a secondary symptom to clogged sinuses is one thing. But there may be more serious cases that require surgery. Usually these are because of a cyst that wasn’t drained in time, chronic barotrauma or severe strain to the tympanostomy tubes.
In most cases, ear pressure is not an indicator of anything more serious than a change in external environment. But, if accompanied by a persistent pain that grows in severity, the flu and other physical symptoms, it could be a sign of a more serious issue.
In this case, it’s wise to head to a medical professional for diagnosis. From here, your doctor will be able to definitively say whether a course of antibiotics is the answer, whether surgery may heal inner ear pressure due to fluid, if it’s a cyst that needs draining, or any other more serious cases.