Please see the answer below
1. Is it common for the Eustachian tube to stay blocked for over 4 weeks?
A: Yes, it can be blocked for any number of days.
2. A little squeaky in my left ear where I am experiencing most discomfort.
A: This is noticed when the blocked Eustachian tube
tries to open up forcibly.
3. The high pitched noise is loud and continuous and I find it difficult to get to sleep.
A: It's because of the ear block you get the noise in the ears. Once the block is relieved you will feel better.
4. does it take time to work and does this help with a blockage?
does not help in relieving the block, but it will reduce the tinnitus
caused by nerve damage
to a certain extent.
5. Also my nose is very runny..will this affect mucus in ear?
A: Yes, running nose could be the prime cause of all your problems. Once this is taken care of, your ear discomfort and the tinnitus will become normal.
My suggestions to you are:
1. Drink plenty of warm water
2. Do steam inhalation 3-4 times a day, for a couple of minutes
3. Use saline nasal spray
4. Take oral decongestant to reduce the nasal secretions and nasal congestion
5. A steroid
nasal spray (fluticasone
or momentasone) to reduce the congestion around the Eustachian tube
Hope this clears your doubts. I will be glad to answer your further queries.
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon