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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling of fullness or clogging in the ear
  • Discomfort or pain in the ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ear ( tinnitus )
  • Dizziness
  • Symptoms cannot be relieved by swallowing, yawning, or chewing
  • Pain if the blockage results in an infection


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. A lighted instrument, called an otoscope, will be used to look inside your ear. The doctor will check for a slight bulge around the eardrum, fluid, and swelling. If your case is severe, your may need to see an otolaryngologist, a doctor who specializes in ear disorders.

Other possible tests include:

  • Tympanogram—to measure pressure in the ear canal and movement of the eardrum
  • Audiogram —to measure hearing
  • Examination of the nose and the back of the nose

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