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I Suddenly Had An Onset Of My Right Ear Not

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Posted on Sat, 15 Aug 2020
Question: I suddenly had an onset of my right ear not hearing as well as my left ear. Everything was fine, I was just doing dishes and randomly my right ear suddenly heard things in a lower volume. It was sudden like an “attack”. I checked for earwax and there was no buildup, and I tried to hold my nose while drinking water to “pop” my ears but it didn’t work.

When I test by closing my ears one at a time, I notice that if I plug my right ear with my finger, I hear a high pitched tinnitus, but I don’t get as high if a pitch on my left side. If I plug both ears, I hear the ringing equally in both ears.
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Answered by Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Blocked Eustachian tube possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear, welcome to Ask a doctor's service.
I read your query and here is my advice.

I think that this sudden onset of not hearing well from your right ear as you explained may be caused by blocked Eustachian tube.
Some mucus from the throat may be trapped in the tube which connects the throat to middle ear.
Having allergies, running nose, sinusitis , throat pain , coughing may cause mucus to be trapped in the Eustachian tube.
Blocking your nostrils and blowing air inside may open it. Also try yawning, swallowing, chewing may help.
If you have symptoms of flu or cold use common flu medications such Tylenol which contains decongestants and also take antihistamines such benadryl to relieve congestion.

Hope I have answered the question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (2 hours later)
Thank you. I am also having intermittent lowgrade dull ache in my right ear now, should that be any concern?
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Answered by Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ear congestion or infection possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and thank you for asking again.
The dull ace you are having on ear may be related to ear congestion or even infection.
You can use antihistamines such benadryl and also use Tylenol to help congestion.
Use boric acid to help disinfect the ear.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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I Suddenly Had An Onset Of My Right Ear Not

Brief Answer: Blocked Eustachian tube possible. Detailed Answer: Hello dear, welcome to Ask a doctor's service. I read your query and here is my advice. I think that this sudden onset of not hearing well from your right ear as you explained may be caused by blocked Eustachian tube. Some mucus from the throat may be trapped in the tube which connects the throat to middle ear. Having allergies, running nose, sinusitis , throat pain , coughing may cause mucus to be trapped in the Eustachian tube. Blocking your nostrils and blowing air inside may open it. Also try yawning, swallowing, chewing may help. If you have symptoms of flu or cold use common flu medications such Tylenol which contains decongestants and also take antihistamines such benadryl to relieve congestion. Hope I have answered the question. Let me know if I can assist you further.