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Ear barotrauma

  • Alternative Names

    Barotitis media; Barotrauma; Ear popping; Pressure-related ear pain; Eustachian tube dysfunction

    • Dizziness
    • Ear discomfort or pain in one or both ears
    • Hearing loss (slight)
    • Sensation of fullness or stuffiness in the ears

    If the condition is severe or prolonged:

    • Ear pain
    • Feeling of pressure in the ears (as if underwater)
    • Moderate to severe hearing loss
    • Nosebleed

    Signs and tests

    During an inspection of the ear, the doctor may see a slight outward bulge or inward pull of the eardrum. If the condition is severe, there may be blood behind the eardrum.

    Severe barotrauma may be difficult to tell apart from an ear infection.