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    What is the cause of my blocked ear?

    Blocked left ear.Occasional vertigo attacks. Deafness in left ear. What is the cause of my blocked ear? Had MRI done but it was all clear. What can I do? Is there a cure?
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    Dr Sim Choroomi

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    A normal MRI scan is reassuring there isnt anything structural or serious going on, albeit I'm sure this is all beyond a nuisance for you. 

    You need to get an audiogram ( hearing test), ideally when your symptoms are present or bad. This could determine the pattern of your hearing loss and blockage and could lead to diagnosis, such a Menieres. Once you get your audiogram i suggest you get referred to an ENT specialist for accurate diagnosis.

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    Audiologist

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    Blocked left ear.Occasional vertigo attacks. Deafness in left ear. What is the cause of my blocked ear? Had MRI done but it was all clear. What can I do? Is there a cure?

     

    I agree with the comments by Dr Sim Chooromi. As the MRI was clear a diagnostic audiological assessment (by an audiologist) is recommneded to understand your symptoms and help with diagnosis. This is based on how you describe your symptoms above (blocked left ear and bouts of vertigo). A review assessment may also be recommended to track your hearing thresholds over time as this will add value towards diagnosis.

    The benefit of this type of assessment will help rule out any peripheral damage/issue (any damage to the outer/middle or inner ear pathways). Speech audiometry is also recommended at this assessment to assess the integrity of your hearing nerve. An audiological report is sent to your GP/ENT or Neurologist for further investigation and management (pending how you and your GP decide to manage this). Again, I reiterate a review audiological assessment as this will gather 'a good' record of what is happening on the left side.

     

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