It was terrible, I constantly had a loud hum in my ear and a lot of times I would be very off balance almost like I was drunk all the time. I tried everything from nasal/ oral steroids, sinus rinses, steam, quit smoking. You name it, nothing worked. I googled until I couldn't stand myself anymore and came across a little gadget called the Earpopper. It's a thing that blows air up your nose as you swallow a sip of water, it pops your ears and when you swallow the water it forces your Eustachian tubes to open to drain fluid. I swear by it!! If your sinuses are inflamed ask your dr about pulmicort sinus rinse. I hear it's very effective too.