Increased Ear Pressure
CPAP therapy is highly effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, there are noted side effects to positive pressure therapy as well. In certain cases, the pressure transmission with a nasal or full face mask can cause an increased pressure sensation in the ears. This occurs because air progresses through the nose into the Eustachian tube, which ventilates the middle ear space. The resulting fullness can be quite uncomfortable and even limit successful usage of CPAP. It is most often noted in patients who require a high pressure setting.
A proper ENT examination is essential to determine the need for such high pressures. These can often include nasal obstructions, large tonsils and/or adenoids, all of which can be successfully treated once diagnosed.
If you feel increasing ear pressure is limiting your tolerance of CPAP, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.