I have had chronic problems with my ear prior to my starting on BiPap in February. I live up at approx. 4500 ft, and drive down to a valley 5x/week for work. I have frequent ear infections, and pain and pressure in my ears due to the elevation change. I'm on daily allergy med and nasal spray.
Now that I'm on BiPap, I've had 3 ear infections since February. My primary doc has thought for quite some time that it's an eustachian tube issue. (I also have a difficult time flying on planes due to the pain with the elevation change.)
I told my pulmonary doc this and he just said he 'has the same problem', and did not offer any suggestions. If the problem persists, my primary may send me to an ENT. I don't know if there is anything that can be done.
I'm still using my bipap, as I feel that its a very important. But I'll keep checking this thread to see what other ear problems and possible solutions people have come up with!
Respironics Bi Pap 10/4; Mirage Liberty mask.
SleepStudy x2: Sat:79% (without bipap), apnea/hypopnea episodes; Sleepstage I & II decreased, Stage III & IV increased, 'sleep architecture abnormal', RDI 1.7 on BiPap; NREM parasomnia; Fibromyalgia