When I was 3 or 4 I had tubes put

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Q: When I was 3 or 4 I had tubes put in my ears because I had a lot of fluid and got frequent ear infections and my adenoids were also removed. The doctor said the tubes were supposed to come out after about a year. My ears felt normal and I never had any problems until I was 13 or 14. My ears happened to get so clogged with wax that I had to go to the ENT and he sprayed all the wax out of my ears. While he was looking in my right ear he noticed that the tube was still in and he removed it. This was about 10 years after it was supposed to have come out. Soon after I found myself feeling like my right ear was clogged and I began moving my jaw a lot to lessen the clogging feeling as well as popping with my nose plugged and blowing air. It would relieve the pressure for a while but it would always come back and I'd have to pop again. Eventually I didn't even need to plug my nose and I could blow air into it and it sounds like I'm blowing air. I can also pop it by just slightly moving my jaw and it's voluntary, only when I want to pop it I just sort of have control over it but it doesn't pop when I don't want it to. It feels different from plugging my nose and blowing, I don't really feel it in my eardrum, it's more the inner ear. I'm now 18 years old and I've lived with it for years and I want to do something about it. I've gone to two doctors and all they've done is check my hearing and do a pressure test on my eardrum. They said everything is fine but I know there's something wrong inside. It feels like it's deep inside, not anywhere near the outside. I recently noticed that when I swallow, I only use and feel the right side of my throat, I feel like this might be part of the problem. I don't know what to do.

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