Why do you do that? You should try and stop meddling. Sometimes if the Eustachian tubes are blocked, they may open up with the maneuvers you do. There are tubes called ‘Eustachian tubes’ which connect the middle ear to the throat, this balances the air pressure in the ears. This tube can get blocked due to infections of the throat, which can give lead to a feeling of fullness in the ears. This can also result in infection of the ears. The blocked ears can be opened up by the valsalva maneuver, where air is blown into the cheeks against a closed nostrils, this sometimes helps to open up the tubes. Steam inhalations and warm salt water gargles can help clear the tube. Please consult your family physician.
Hi doctor. I never knew there was a name to the valsalva maneuver. I used to do it all the time.
But this seems to be a problem external to the eustachian tubes.
Long story short, there is a tendon/ligament that starts near inner bump on the clavicle and ends up behind the ear. On the affected side, that tendon is weak/stretched.
I will visit a doctor regarding this issue soon. But is it possible that the Eustachian tubes are not blocked, but rather collapsed as a result insufficient support.
The eustachian tubes are normally collapsed. And they open up when the air passes through. If it a problem with neck muscles, its unlikely that the middle ear will be affected. Decongestants, antihistamines, or a steroid nasal spray help to open up the tubes. Discuss these options with your doctor when you happen to meet him.
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