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Ears clogged

Hey,

Does anyone else get a clogged ear, my left ear always feels clogged and won't pop, I've had it looked at by a doctor and they said it's clean and there's no blockage, also had an mri scan of middle and inside and that too came back clear, is this due to having a b12 deficiency and possible nerve damage to inner ear?

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I don't know sorry. But will be interested in any replies from someone who does, as I get the same problems. I also get horrible tinnitus.

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Hidden i also get terrible tinnitus too, im curious as it only affects my left ear, if it affected both then i would put it down to something else

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Nathan12345 yes, it's my left ear also - how strange! What sort of noise do you get? Mine is high pitched whine.

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Hidden i get the high pitched whistling noise mainly in my left ear and sometimes a humming sound in my right but it's my left ear which feels clogged up

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Mines Left ear too-weird?- but mine is a crackling sound on the bone directly behind the ear!

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Emfeet does your left ear feel constantly clogged?

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No not clogged, definitely crackling but only left and not right!

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I think i know what you mean, i was constantly trying to clear my blocked ears by rubbing my finger down my neck just behind them. Thankfully it has now gone since i have upped my b12 intake, the tinnitus still remains but it doesnt scream at me so much or so often now.

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Lisahelen it feels like it's clogged down along my neck, it sounds like what you had judging from your reply

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Yes, but my ears actually do get clogged with wax every few weeks. I've also had frequent infections in the canals which make the blocked/dizzy sensations worse, and the tinnitus too.

However - think there's more to it as they were unblocked (syringing) about 10 days ago yet I've just had a few days of 'feeling' blocked, slight deafness and increased whistling, hissing noises etc. plus migraine. Saw an ear specialist who just looked inside and said 'normal' (no scan - very impressed you were able to get a scan for this Nathan!)

None of the specialists appear to have any awareness of the potential effects of B12 deficiency.

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Frodo well i went to the doctor complaining about tinnitus, this was before being diagnosed with a b12 deficiency so the doctor and myself didn't know this was the cause

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I get a high pitched whine sometimes but also, in my right ear I get a vibration like a rapid tapping. It's not a sound but more like nerve twitching. Very annoying.

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sweetnessandlight i get that vibration feeling in my right ear every now and then but the main worry is the clogged feeling in my left ear, I'll hold my nose and blow which unblocks it but it blocks up again straight after

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Perhaps you have Eustachian tube dysfunction... You can buy an otovent balloon over the counter to help with this. It's a common middle ear problem (I am an audiologist by the way)

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Julie74 i thought i might have had that but with having an mri scan the doctors said it would have shown on that, is it possible for etd to not show on the scan? I've just looked at what an otovent balloon does as i might look into it a bit more as when i did have my ears checked (about 7 months ago) the doctor did say he could see some fluid behind my ear drum so it could be possible my ears aren't draining water correctly after showering, washing my hair and swimming

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I've not heard that it would show on a scan. Can you pop your other ear. If you have a negative pressure in your middle ear it would show on a tympanigram which I assume they did on you? ETD can come and go though. It certainly would do you know harm to try treating as this. Use an otovent or alternatively blow your nose as hard as you can hold onto the pressure and swallow. Repeat regularly. You could also try steam inhalation and regular chewing/yawning. As I say it won't do you any harm and might help.

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I had an MRI scan to check my inner ear, I've tried holding my nose and blowing but like i said it clogs back up, my right ear is fine, that pops normally when yawning, swallowing etc, if it helps there has been times I've popped my left ear but it worsened it for about 30 seconds and in that time I'm extremely dizzy and feel like passing out

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Oh forgot to say the fluid behind your ear is in the middle ear and cannot come from showering etc. Any fluid comes from the mucous producing glands in the middle ear which should drain through your Eustachian tube if it's functioning correctly!

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Ok I will try and ask the consultant I work with and get back to you. He is an audiovestibular consultant and really is a wealth of information. Do younger dizzy any other times?

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You are a god send thank you very much, sometimes when i stand up too quick and a little bit when lying down flat (with my head not on any pillows)

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Hi again.

I spoke to the consultant today who said nothing like that would show up on an MRI and he suggests you need to have a High res CT scan to rule out semicircular disorder such as SUPERIO SEMICIRCULAR CANAL DEHISCENCE or fistula. He said you should be under ENT consultant. Hope this is of help. Best wishes

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Thank you, i have a doctors appointment on friday so i will mention this

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hey guys... i too have this problem and recently i came to read that this problem arises because of vitamin A deficiency. Carrots have a great quantity of Vitamin A or try taking supplements. well i tried it once and found it to be effective. hope 4 the best :-)

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