The tubes connecting the middle ears to the rear of the throat are known as the Eustachian tubes. The purpose of these tubes is to prevent middle ear fluid from causing Eustachian tube blockage. This is done by draining fluid and preventing an abnormal level of air pressure within the ears. Air is quickly let in whenever we yawn or swallow which equalizes the middle ear and outer ear pressure. If more pressure of middle ear fluid gets trapped in the middle ear causing a blocked ear, pain will develop as well as hearing problems and a clogged Eustachian tube.
There are various causes of a clogged Eustachian tube. Sinus infections, allergies, and glue ear are common culprits of a clogged ear dilemma. An ear infection, which is a common illness in children, may result in a clogged Eustachian tube because of the underdevelopment of the ear tube in a child. Flying in an airplane, driving through the various levels of mountains, or even scuba diving will cause a clogged Eustachian tube because of the air pressure changes. Symptoms of a clogged Eustachian tube are hearing issues, dizziness, popping or ringing in the ear, or stuffiness in the ear. If fever develops, an infection may be present.
A clogged Eustachian tube is treated in a variety of methods. Sometimes, simply chewing gum, eating, or drinking will provide enough muscle action in the rear of the throat to open the Eustachian tube. Another productive measure of activating the throat muscles to open a blocked ear is yawning. To force the Eustachian tube to open, take a breath, close the mouth, and blow the breath out as the nostrils are pinched closed. A popping sensation may be felt when the clogged Eustachian tube is opened. When suffering from a cold or allergies, avoid an airplane trip. Give a baby a bottle or pacifier to prevent a clogged Eustachian tube while traveling on an airplane. Crying for a baby is like yawning to an adult when it comes to clearing a clogged ear.