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What causes blocked ear and numbness?

Hi doctor I had an right ear blocked and numbess yesterday I rush myself to emergency room since I was all thinking a stroke or what ever fatal . they refer me to an ENT and the doctor told me its all ok, my both ears are clear. but why this happening? what are the cause and any emergency condition that lead to this ? pls answer thanks
Mon, 28 Jul 2014
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Hi,
In normal people there's a tube called eustachian tube, which connects posterior part of the nose with ear, whenever this tube is blocked, you will experience such symptoms, usually it gets blocked during cold, allergy. So , don't worry, you can do one simple exercise, its called valsalva maneuver, close your nose and mouth simultaneously and blow, it will open, you will be fine, take care.
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