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Fluid build up near the ear, closed ear canal, hearing issues. What can be done?

This has been happening for about 6 months. It is only mildly annoying but it is starting to concern me. On one or two occasions I feel like there is fluid that is building up in my ear and that pressure is what is causing my ear canal to close. Once I awaken and get up it goes away after about 10 or 15 minutes and my hearing goes back to normal. Anyone have anything similar happen?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello Manish,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post suggest that you might be having Otitis media (infection/inflammation of the middle ear)...most probably Serous Otitis media
In this condition...the middle ear cavity gets filled with serous fluid, resulting in bulging of tympanic membrane (eardrum) & interference with transmission of sound resulting in conductive hearing loss.
Moreover...there is a connecting tract (known as Eustachian tube) between the middle ear & nasopharynx, obstruction of which can lead to ear pain by un-equalisation of pressure between the nasopharynx & middle ear.

Local examination of the ear along with tests like Audiometry & Tympanometry will help in clinching the diagnosis & determining the degree of hearing loss.
Depending upon this, further steps for management can be taken.

So...it will be better to consult an ENT specialist for further evaluation & exclusion of other causes of hearing loss.
Wishing you a Good Health.
Thanks & take care
Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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