I'm back to the gym after significant time off and something weird is happening. When I do a really hard work out my left ear plugs up part way through my work out, and eventually both ears plug. It's as if the blood is rushing to my head and somehow plugging my ears. It affects my hearing. The effect is the same as when your ears plug on an airplane.
Swallowing, etc doesn't seem to help. I'm not holding my breath at all during lifts. The effect gets worse as the work out progresses and is particularly bad after the work out. It goes away after about an hour. This happens on heavy leg days and when I'm doing major conditioning work outs (strongman stuff or boxing). Any ideas? Anyone else experienced this? I've asked my doctor and he just shrugged and said that maybe I should take it easier in the gym. I've been hoping that it'll go away but it's been a couple months now.