near the end of the school year difficult child complained of blocked ears. I took him to pediatrician. Was told his ears were fine. He continued to complain, now with some pain. husband took him back. They did an ear test and showed negative pressure. Sent us to ENT. (that took 5 weeks to get in). They also did ear test, showing significant negative pressure. They did a hearing test. Three of them. I was told he is within normal limits for hearing. Dr. said he has allergies which cause the eustacian tube to close. Gave him a prescription for Allegra-D and said that was all that could be done. difficult child never had allergies before. I do not understand how he could have them set in so suddenly and only affect his ears. Not eyes, nose or throat. Only ears. And allergies to what???? No other symptoms just ears. He hasn't complained about his ears in a couple months. I do notice him holding his nose and blowing or opening his mouth real big. So, I know his ears still bother him atleast a little. Monday he woke up and said his ear hurts do bad it feels like someone stuck a knife in his ear drum. Called Dr. Took him in on Tuesday (which of course he felt much better. No pain) Dr. told me his ears are fine. Said he has eustacian tube dysfunction. Explained it as: Normal people have their ears blocked when in an airplane or fast moving elevator. difficult child has that daily. He must continue to hold his nose and blow, chew gum, yawn and do what ever he can to get the ears to open. Otherwise it will be painful from the vacuum effect. I was told there is nothing that can be done. I asked about tubes (he had them when he was a baby). Dr. said tubes would only be a temporary fix and put him at greater risk for infection. Now what???