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thunt1968 posted:
I am 40 woke up last week and my ear had a clogged feeling. I had not been sick except may be a little head gunk about 2 weeks prior. Went ot three doctors and they say there is nothing wrong with my ear. One doctor said may be fluid -has me on prednisone 6 day pack and amox. There is no infection that they can see. Sometimes my ear hurts a little, I can hear my voice and noises vibrate when I hear them. This is driving absolutely in sane. Sometimes my ears are really sensative to a noise and then other times feels like I can barely hear. Am I loosing my hearing because this came on all of sudden., I am really scared an no-one seems sympathetic. In fact when they look in there and see nothing wrong they are looking at me like I am loosing my mind and I almost feel like I could Please someone help me. Sinc ethe ear has felt clogged I started getting some sinus pressure feelings and they come and go and I have had a little stuffy nose now and some drainage in the throat
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MzKitty101 responded:
I'm going to go out on a limb ... my ear gets clogged feeling during allergies. Your other symptooms also sound like allergies. There is nothing wrong the doctors can see, but if I take allergy meds it clears up. You might try an OTC allergy med like Claritin or Zyrtec.
 
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kate1156 responded:
Have you seen an ENT? If not, I would recommend that you do. Regular medical doctors are not trained to see what an ENT can see and properly treat.

Kate
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
You have seen THREE doctors in one week and are currently on a treatment that you have not finished....I think your doctors have been pretty responsive to your plight, but unfortunately, not ALL ear problems can be diagnosed by a simple examination like looking in the ears with an otoscope, and not all treatments give instantaneous results....healing takes time.

As you may realize, it is not possible for me to diagnose (or treat) you via the Internet based solely on the information in your posting. I can make guesses...or assumptions, but this is not the same as the information obtained by a hands-on evaluation -- not something that I can do via the Internet. You can see an ENT if you want, for a higher-level examination.

You could easily have an INNER EAR disorder. The inner ear cannot be seen on a routine examination. You may have a middle ear/eustachian tube dysfunction. When the eustachian tubes are locked in the "open" position (patulous eustachian tubes), you will hear echoes or your own voice. Then the e-tubes are closed and do not open when you swallow, your ears will feel clogged and full. Both middle and inner ear disorders can cause changes in your hearing.

So...you really have a choice. You can keep taking the amoxicillin and the prednisone and wait it out a bit longer, or you can make an appointment with the ENT (or both).
 
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Corbenick responded:
had a cold and flu like symptoms last week and went to my personal doctor and he prescribed prednisone to clear up my throat my sinus' are still clogged and my ear is starting to feel clogged though only my right one. whenever i wake up it feels fine but then about 20 minutes later it is clogged i listen to music very loud idk if that could be it but im worried :[
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Give the prednisone a chance to work....reducing inflammation is not an instantaneous task. Make sure to follow up with your regular doctor if you are not improving.
 
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JunYamada replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
I've almost had the same thing with corbenick. I've been hearing my voice over my right ear since these past 5 days (although It had cleared down when I started taking meds 2 days ago [antibiotics and antihistamines>). I was just wondering, when can I expect my ears to return normal? I would really like this to ease out since I'm trying to apply for a job, I just don't want my employers to hear me sick during the interview.

A stuffy nose is a regular thing to me, during cold nights and when I'm singing, I've been given antihistamines before and they don't seem to work with it.

But the voice over my ear isn't a regular one for me, I just don't want to sound like "I'm having a cold" when I talk.

Mr. Rod, when do you think my condition will ease down? right now, I have an 8 days schedule for my antibiotic (2x a day) and a 30 days for the antihistamine and I'm expected to come back after 45 days.

Thanks ^^.
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to JunYamada's response:
Unfortunately, it would not be possible for me to predict when, or even if, you will improve. I do not know the details of your case; not even your diagnosis and type of medication you are taking. Since you are on an antibiotic, did your doctor feel that you had a bacterial infection?

Based on your brief posting, it does appear that you are having problems with your Eustachian tubes, perhaps PET (patulous eustachian tubes). E-tube issues can be very difficult to treat and PET can be the most challenging.

You may hear your voice differently than other hear it. I suspect that your voice sounds fine to others, so don't worry about your interview.


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