I don't know quite what the issue is, but I know there are some experts in the crowd who may be able to help.
I'm still getting over a cold, one where I have been extremely congested. My right ear the last couple days has felt like it has "popped" (Like when flying), but it hasn't gone away. Much the same as when flying I feel a small (but not painful) amount of pressure and hearing has been slightly diminished. I've tried swallowing, chewing gum, and blowing at a closed nose. Nothing has worked. Is this just a result of the congestion that itself also hasn't gone away yet?
I apoloize for the likely terrible typing. I wrote this post on my my ipod touch.