Do your ears feel plugged? This sensation can feel similar to flying in a plane or driving at a high elevation and feeling your ears become plugged and muffled. Some people experience this even when they aren’t in those situations.
The Eustachian Tube connects to the middle ear to regulate pressure in the ear. It opens and closes based on where you are and what you are doing. Sometimes, this will stop working as well and can lead to Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.
Other possible causes of feeling like your ears are plugged could be excessive ear wax, allergies, congestion, or the common cold. Sometimes, untreated hearing loss can also make you feel like your hearing is muffled, similar to when your ears are plugged.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is helpful to speak to your doctor and see if they have any recommendations. You should also have your hearing tested by an audiologist, who can run tests to make sure the different parts of your ears are functioning the way they should!
Gardner Audiology in Tampa Bay have Doctors of Audiology ready to help you, and can perform a thorough inspection of your ears and hearing. Ready to make an appointment? Contact Gardner Audiology at 800-277-1182 or firstname.lastname@example.org