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Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: i had a cold with a sore throat after a week my ears plugged up , now they have most cleared but my left ear is hissing
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 20 minutes later
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When a person has a cold, fluid from the sinuses can drain down the back of the throat (giving a sore throat). The eustachian tube connects the middle ear (where the ear drum is and behind it) to the throat. Fluid can back up the eustachian tube or cause pressure changes that pull the ear drum in and make it move less. This is called serous otitis. Hearing can be "plugged up" as you described, and people can hear the fluid a bit, as bubbles, crackling, or other noises. The problem usually resolves on it's own with a bit of time.

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