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Can plugged nostrils cause sensitive hearing?

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Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Specialist

Practicing since :2008

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Posted on Thu, 22 Nov 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: I recently had an "audiological evaluation" because my ears feel "plugged" a bit, like I always want/need to "equalize". Oddly, I hear much better while in the process of "equalizing". I hear the trebles, the snare drum, and the highs of human voices MUCH better with my nostrils plugged and trying to blow-out-my-nostrils. Audiology results are considered normal. Any thoughts?
Answered by Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Eustachian tube dysfunction

Detailed Answer:


The audiometry report suggests absolutely normal hearing.
From the complaints it seems to be eustachian tube dysfunction.

The symptoms mentioned by you are suggestive of eustachian tube laxity.

My advise is you should get a x-ray paranasal sinuses done and a eustachian tube function test done.

Follow up with the reports so that I can suggest you better.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Priyanka Aggarwal, ENT Specialist
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