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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Ear bubbling sensation

10/27/2009

Question:

Hello, Last month I was on a plane, and as we descended I felt a sharp pain in my head and extreme pressure in my ears (never felt this before, although I travel frequently). Ever since this incident, my right ear feels "full", and I get a bubble sensation, where I actually feel bubbling and gargling noises in my ear, not to mention that my hearing isn`t the greatest...what has happened?

Answer:

You probably have fluid behind the ear drum due to Eustachian tube dysfunction. I recommend that you see an otolaryngologist and get a hearing test. You may be placed on antibiotics or have a temporary tube placed into your eardrum.

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Response by:

Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati