I’m a pilot suffering from a weird left ear pressure?
I am a 28 years old male suffering from weird left ear pressure from 6 months ago, I am a healthy airline pilot. My sypmtoms are mild ear pressure only in the left ear. No pain and hearing is fine. I went to the ENT who checked my ears and said it is normal and asked me to do pressure test (cause I am a pilot) which became normal too! He ruled out any ear infection and said it might be TMJ. I looked out TMJ symptoms on internet and found it is not applicable with mine because TMJ = pain (specially when closing opening jaw). Honestly I dont feel any pain around my jaw, But when I open/close my jaw I can feel a cracking sound in the left jaw (yes around my left ear) but still no pain. The pressure I feel is comes very quickly either when I rest the back of my head on the chair or when I lay the back of my head on bed. Also this discomfort is very noticable when I close my eyes! Sometimes the valsava manuveur makes me feel better only for a few seconds.
Also I was diagnosed with thyrioditis few months ago and it became normal after few months of observation, local ENT said it had nothing to do with my left ear.
..if you have your ears been examined and negative …then in my opinion you should be examined for sinusitis …So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating the congestion may help.
Get a CT scan done for your sinuses..
You have Eustachian tube block causing negative ear pressure pulling eardrum inwards , try antihistamines, or a steroid nasal
you need not worry if the ear examination results were normal.
deep breathing exercises with yoga and multi vitamin tablets will be quite helpful.