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Please take the time to read this, I will be as brief as possible.

I woke up one morning Feb '10 (8 months ago) with really full pressure feeling in my left ear. I had not been sick or anything before.

Went to student health (I'm a college student) three times- saw 2 PAs and 1 doctor and was given antibiotics, steroids, and was told there was definitely fluid in my ear. The third time I was referred to University ENT.

Went to the University ENT (the previous August he had diagnosed me with mild Otosclerosis in my left ear). He said that I had NO fluid in my ear and that if was a manisfestation of otosclerosis and recommended a stapedectomy.

I did not have confidence in his diagnosis because I can tell the difference between the sensation of a plugged up ear caused by muffled hearing and fluid in my ear. (For example, I still had the pressure when I was in complete silence, when I used nasal spray and sudofed I can feel fluid draining down the back of my throat, etc.)

2nd ENT told me my Turbinates in my nose were blocking the Eustachian tube and wants to do surgery. This also didn't make sense, because both sides were equally blocked but only my left ear was affected? He also said swollen turbinates are caused by allergies and are why my nose is stuffy (except that I don't have allergies and my nose is just fine).

That brings us to today. I have no idea what to do. Here are my current symptoms:

1. Pressure (which changes throughout the day but never goes completely away) in my left ear.
2. When around loud noises (college bar, or even a loud talker closer by) I get a static sound in my ear.
3. When in a classroom of students speaking amongst themselves my ear makes a popping noise.
4. I've told the drs that any hearing loss I am experiencing (which is minimal in my mind- like the sound of a ceiling fan at night) is not my concern, it's the pressure that is the concern.
5. The symptoms listed in #2, and #3, are extremely annoying and have caused me to not be as sociable as I normally would be because it becomes difficult to hear when static and popping noises are present.
6. I feel drainage down my throat when using nasal spray and sudofed, which reduces the pressure enough for me to fall asleep.
7. When I swallow the is no reaction whatsoever with my left ear.
8. When I close my mouth and push my tongue up against the back top of my mouth/throat my left ear makes a squeegee noise which my Mom has said she can hear when standing next to me.

If anyone has any experience with these symptoms PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help! It is driving me crazy. I've had it for 8 months now and have gotten NO where except spending hundreds of dollars on ENT appts and medications.
I second looking at the TMJ option. My right ear has been "stuffy" since May 2009. It took visits to various specialists and a lot of internet research to figure out it was TMJ. They kept telling me things were normal, aside from some new hearing loss. At one point, they even offered to put in ear tubes even though they said my eustacian tubes were good./

I found out my discs had slipped and my jaw was pushed back towards my ear causing my ear stuffiness. I also ended up with lots of ear pain from muscle spasms due to the TMJ about 6 months later.

Please look at the TMJ board and read the sticky's at the top on TMJ and symptoms. THere is a section dealing with the ears. There is also a lot of information on the board regarding the qualifications of good TMJ doctors.

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