It can sometimes be challenging to determine the exact cause of ear pressure. It could be from a sinus infection or an ear infection. But in some cases, ear pressure could also be caused by hearing loss.
It’s important to diagnose the correct cause of the ear pressure, as the potential treatment options are vastly different.
Here is a brief list and explanation of some of the common causes of a pressure sensation in the ears.
Many individuals have experienced ear pressure at some point. It can best be described as feeling like you’ve been in an airplane and your ears just won’t pop. There isn’t necessarily pain associated with the pressure. Instead, it is often considered bothersome.
It’s important to understand that the ear itself isn’t always the cause of the pressure. The most common cause of ear pressure comes from a upper respiratory infection or sinus infection. In those situations, patients feel pressure pulling off the ear drum, with or without fluid.
If ear pressure does not go away in a week or so you may need to be examined by an ENT physician who can determine what the cause is if you haven’t been able to do so yourself.
Certainly if you have allergy/nasal congestion a trial of decongestant medication or nasal steroid is reasonable. If you know you grind your teeth, a night guard and massage/warm compresses would make sense. Otherwise, it may take a professional exam and possibly a hearing test to get to the bottom of it.