Hi.....dear Allan Murray.,
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If , Ears that hurt and feel full.,Ringing or popping noises in ears.
Swelling from a cold, allergies, or a sinus infection
can keep the eustachian tubes from opening. ..,
This leads to pressure changes. Fluid may collect in the middle ear...,
The pressure and fluid can cause pain...,
Fluid in the ear can lead to an infection (acute otitis media
Main problems, if mucus in the Eustachian tube is....
1) Feeling a little dizzy.
2) A fever, which can be a sign of an ear infection
3) Blocked eustachian tubes often get better on their own...,
You may be able to open the blocked tubes with a simple exercise...,like
a) Close your mouth, hold your nose, and gently blow as if you are blowing your nose.(Valsalva Maneuver
) b)Yawning and chewing gum also may help. You may hear or feel a "pop" when the tubes open to make the pressure equal between the inside and outside of your ears..,
So consult ENT surgeon, he can guide you ...ok...good luck...,