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Using Headphones and Exposure to Noise May Clogged Ear

Using Headphones and Exposure to Noise May Clogged Ear

The clogged ear sensation, known as atrial fullness, usually occurs when we are in a situation of rapid altitude change, such as in a flight or dive. The ear is filled with air and its internal pressure must be equalized with atmospheric pressure to function properly. When the ambient pressure changes, as in flight, the auditory tube, which communicates the ear with the nose, is opened to do the equalization. However, if the altitude changes very abruptly, the dynamics of the auditory tube may not be fast enough, generating a sensation of capped ear, discomfort and even pain.

Knowing the organ

It is important to understand the anatomy of the ear . It is divided into three parts: outer, middle and inner ear. Any problem in one of these structures can disrupt the transmission of sound and generate a sensation of clogging in the ear.

The outer ear is separated from the middle by a very thin membrane, the tympanic membrane. Cerumen (or wax) may accumulate in the outer ear to obstruct the entire ear canal, forming a "cork" that prevents the sound from reaching the tympanic membrane and leading to clogging.

Some people have excessive production of cerumen , but most of the time the inappropriate use of flexible rods and the entry of water are responsible for the formation of the "cork", the cerumen.

Whenever discomfort is prolonged, seek the assistance of a specialist

Other diseases that occur in the outer ear are external otitis, inflammations of the skin of the ear canal, which may become swollen to the point of making the sound difficult to reach.

In other situations, the patient has the sensation of a problem in the outer ear, but which originates from another structure. The temporomandibular joint, which lies just in front of the ear, can move backwards, pressing the outer ear and creating the sensation of clogging. Bruxism and dental tightening are frequent causes of this problem.

The middle ear is a cavity filled with air and three small bones that transmit the sound picked up by the eardrum to the inner ear. Dysfunctions of the auditory tube and infectious pictures decrease the mobility of the ossicles, causing reduction of the sound transmission. These pictures are particularly common in infancy, both by anatomical features of the auditory tube, and by colds, allergic conditions, and enlarged adenoids.

The inner ear is responsible for processing the sound and transmitting it to the auditory nerve. Ear infections do not cause a clogging sensation.

Is it normal for the ear to clog for no apparent reason?

It may happen that the person is working or doing some activity that does not involve a pressure difference, and yet feels ear is clogged. The use of earplugs and earplugs can push the wax into the ear canal and impact the tympanic membrane, causing the sensation of clogging.

Telemarketers and workers exposed to noise (such as civil construction workers and factories) usually suffer from this effect. It is important to emphasize that workers should always use personal protective equipment, but also that prolonged use of equipment can cause a clogged ear. Pilots, stewards, and divers are also vulnerable because they are exposed to large changes in altitude in a short period of time.

In all cases, whenever the discomfort is prolonged, seek the assistance of a specialist. The causes are varied and each demand has a specific treatment. Is the ear a very sensitive organ responsible for functions that are extremely necessary for our daily lives, such as hearing and balance? so it's important to always take care of it.


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