Blocked ears

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    Jan 02, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    I don't know if this happens to other people but I thought it was because I was using ear buds listening to music at the gym..I figured it was because my ears would sweat and the ear buds blocked the sweat in my ears and I'd get blocked ears like when your on an airplane..but now I don't use headphones and sometimes it still happens..anyone know why that is?
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 02, 2013 6:03 AM GMT
    I have no Idea but when I do intense cardio sometimes the same thing happens to me. If you find out then let me know.
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    Jan 02, 2013 6:04 AM GMT
    how often do you clean inside your ears?
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    Jan 02, 2013 6:06 AM GMT
    Some data?
  • TheBizMan

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    Jan 02, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    Happens to me when I lift or run at high intensity.
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    Jan 02, 2013 6:44 AM GMT
    My mom is a nurse. As a kid, my ears would get a wax build up sometimes and the solution was to lie on my side and put a hand towel around my neck. Then - I'd pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into my ear and lie still for ten minutes or so - - - until the fizzing sound stops. I'd gently tilt my head and let the liquid and wax run out. Then, I'd gently clean the outer ear area with a tissue, getting more of the wax particles. Next - I'd do the other side. Another way is to get an appt. with the doc and have him put you into a sort of barber's chair and drape you with a huge bib. Then - he does a high powered irrigation. Next thing you see is a chunk of light brown wax on your shoulder. Gross and interesting at the same time!
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    Jan 02, 2013 1:57 PM GMT
    This used to happen to me sometimes. It hasn't happened recently. Coincidentally, it stopped when I moved away from an area that always fucked up my sinuses. Maybe it's mucus buildup?
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    Jan 02, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    The ear has three parts: Outer, Middle, and Inner

    A blockage in the outer or middle ear will result in less sound pressure transmission to the inner ear-- things sound muffled or have less volume. There's not enough evidence or data to support suggestions like auditory fatigue. Changes in blood pressure (working out) can and do directly impact the inner ear and all of its parts. Hence why sometimes we feel dizzy when standing up quickly after sitting for a long period of time.

    More than likely the problem is not caused by earbuds. It takes years, sometimes decades, to actually block the outer ear or the ear canal with wax and debris. Typically an impacted ear will give a flat conductive hearing loss. A partially impacted ear will give a high frequency conductive hearing loss that doesn't affect the low frequencies because the low frequencies can easily bend around any small opening.

    Solution: Clean your ears with a peroxide solution (Debrox is sold OTC at the drugstore). If that's not an option, equal parts vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol will work too. That will soften any debris and if it doesn't come out on it's own, it's easier for people like me to remove.

    A change in the middle-ear system is actually more common due to sinus inflammation in adults. A hearing loss will often present with the feeling of pressure or fullness-- sometimes even tinnitus (that's an entirely different explanation that would take days to explain). Typically called an 'ear infection', it is the generic result of eustachian tube dysfunction. If the eustachian tube isn't working a positive or negative pressure (Re:atmospheric pressure) will occur in the middle-ear. This changes the mechanics of the middle-ear drastically. Ultimately it changes the resonant frequency of the mass-stiffness system creating a conductive hearing loss.

    Solution: Wait it out, ~85% of ear infections are resolved on their own. If it is painful, go to the Doctor. Pain=infection and a round of antibiotics are better than the infection spreading and causing many more problems (believe me, ear infections will really mess a person up financially, emotionally, and physically). In adults, I usually see sinus medication given before an actual antibiotic.

    Hope that helps a bit.
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    Jan 02, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    your ears might have too much wax buildup..go to the doctor and get the high powered irrigation, as a previous poster said, quite the experience. I had chunk of wax the size of very large almonds...and one of my ears it wouldnt come out and they really had to go to work on getting it out
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    Jan 02, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    Do you have nose problems as well? IE deviated septum/ trouble breathing out of your nose? if so It could be a blockage of your Eustachian tube, via mucus etc. Or just plain ol earwax buildup too. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 02, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    I don't know if I have the same problem as OP or not. I've had a weird 'water in the ear' sensation for nearly two months. It's mostly fine unless I'm sweating with earbuds in my ear OR after swimming (with earplugs). My doc told me to take mucinex for a few weeks since it seems like I have water in my inner ear. Totally sucks when your ear pressure is off!
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    Jan 02, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    I think you need a good reaming.

    As for your ears...
  • TheBizMan

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    Jan 02, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
    It's not a wax build up... at least not for me. I clean my ears daily. It's related to lifting at a high frequency. It goes away in like 5 minutes after I stop working out.
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    Jan 02, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidMy mom is a nurse. As a kid, my ears would get a wax build up sometimes and the solution was to lie on my side and put a hand towel around my neck. Then - I'd pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into my ear and lie still for ten minutes or so - - - until the fizzing sound stops. I'd gently tilt my head and let the liquid and wax run out. Then, I'd gently clean the outer ear area with a tissue, getting more of the wax particles. Next - I'd do the other side. Another way is to get an appt. with the doc and have him put you into a sort of barber's chair and drape you with a huge bib. Then - he does a high powered irrigation. Next thing you see is a chunk of light brown wax on your shoulder. Gross and interesting at the same time!



    i was going to say this exact thing... the turbo flush is the most unusual feeling.... well, not the MOST!!! LOL
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    Jan 09, 2013 11:04 PM GMT
    not wax build up asked the doctor once, he put that little ear scope in and said there was like legit no wax..I did get my nose broke one time so ya 1 of my nose holes doesn't work that good..but its not consistent..not a huge problem just once in a great while it happens.. definitely not a ear infection those are very painful..someone mentioned like possible swelling to do increase blood flow to your head I guess it could block more off than usual without doing much damage but just makes sound muffled for a bit..only lasts about 5 mins then goes away

    good talk haha
    thanks for the feedback
  • tanlines

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    Jan 10, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    I get that too if I am lifting.....annoying as hell. I think it might have something to do with the way I am breathing (or actually maybe holding my breath, which I know I shouldn't) when I lift. It usually takes a while to pop them or for it to go away. Wish I knew how to prevent it.