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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What does a pounding sensation in the ear suggest?

Hello. Recently, maybe about two weeks ago, I started having this pounding in my right ear? It only ever bothers me when I m at home because there isn t a lot of background noise that would block the pounding out. If it helps, the pounding matches up with my heartbeat and is only in one ear. Thank you.
Mon, 8 Jun 2015
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Hello dear,

There is a connecting tract (known as Eustachian tube) between the nasopharynx & middle ear through which infection can spread to ear.
Also obstruction to this Eustachian tube, secondary to an upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, cold & congestion, can lead to ear pain/pounding sounds by causing un-equalisation of pressure between the nasopharynx & middle ear.

Management includes:
1. Antihistamine preparations like Allegra.
2. Decongestant nasal drops.
3. Antibiotics based on culture & sensitivity reports.
4. Warm salt water gargle.
5. Steam inhalation.
6. Maintenance of adequate hydration & nutrition status of the body.
7. Protection from cold, dust & other allergens.

If symptoms still persist, kindly consult an ENT Specialist for complete clinical examination.

Wish you good health & a speedy recovery.
Take care.
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