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What is the connection between stuffy ears and sinuses?

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Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating the congestion may help.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery: “Sinusitis;” “Dizziness and Motion Sickness;” and “Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

Divers Alert Network: “Ears and Sinuses -- Instructions for Equalizing Ears and Sinuses.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What to Do About Sinusitis.”

Tampa Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates: “Sinusitis.”

Lindsey, H. ENT Today, July 2009.

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery: “Sinusitis;” “Dizziness and Motion Sickness;” and “Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

Divers Alert Network: “Ears and Sinuses -- Instructions for Equalizing Ears and Sinuses.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What to Do About Sinusitis.”

Tampa Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates: “Sinusitis.”

Lindsey, H. ENT Today, July 2009.

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

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