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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Hi there, Can you assist me with finding out what's going

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Hi there,
Can you assist me with finding out what's going on.
Last week or so i have been having jaw ache.
I notice also when i yawn that there is a weird sound in my ears.
Recently my ears have become very sensitive to sound and hurt.
Im talking on the phone and the sound of the persons voice hurts my ears.
Whats going on?
Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--where exactly is the jaw pain? Any sinus congestion or ear drainage?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Thanks for the reply

The jaw pain seems to be near my cheek bones and sometimes radiates to my temple and behind the ears.

Sinus's seem clear and no ear drainage.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Mark. Sounds like a couple of things here. First off you seem to be having Eustachian tube dysfunction--the tubes from your middle ear to your nasopharynx are either completely or fully blocked. Secondly, it sounds as though you may have a sinus infection. For the tubes you could try either a Neti pot or a saline nasal irrigation system to see if that will unblock them, but you may need antibiotics for the sinus infection so it would be best to see a doctor about that. One thing--don't try any antihistamines or decongestants for this since those may actually make things worse
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** be the reason why my ears hurt even at the slightest noise?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Yes--since the tubes are blocked there's no way to equalize the pressure across your eardrums and so any noise basically hits against a tight nonelastic drum and that can hurt. Let me know how it goes and please remember to rate my service to you Mark
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is there anything i can do to relieve this pain, its quite discomforting?

I will be sure to leave positive feedback.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
As I said a Neti pot or a saline nasal irrigation system can help along with some oral ibuprofen but if that doesn't clear things up in a few days you need to see a doctor